Puzzles are not only a good way to pass the time—they also exercise the brain. Puzzles that are specific to a person’s interests are even more engaging and meaningful.

  1. Get to know the members of a community. Refer to their interests noted in the Activities Assessment or perhaps what they’ve mentioned during one-on-one visits.
  2. Organize your puzzles (hard copies or digital files) by interests. For example, puzzles about flowers, garden vegetables, or plants could be filed under gardening/outdoors. Activity Connection is a great, reasonably priced resource. They provide more than 50 puzzles (found on Puzzles, Holidays, Cranium Crunches, Special Days, and Monthly Events pages) every month. Download all the puzzles and organize them into physical folders or folders on your computer.
  3. Once you have your puzzles organized, you can match puzzles to each community member.
  4.  In the event that you don’t have a puzzle that satisfies someone’s interest, make your own using this resource: This is an excellent way to individualize a word search puzzle for a person. For example, if you have someone who grew up in Turkey, likes soccer, and was an architect, you could make a word search of Turkish Food, soccer teams, and architectural terms.
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Social, Intellectual

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