A Mind to Care Game & Activity Therapy System is designed for adults and children with cognitive disabilities, as well as for those who care for them.
Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning — thinking, remembering, and reasoning — to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities.
- Alzheimer’s Disease:
Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are currently more than 6 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, a number that is projected to increase to nearly 13 million by 2050. It is a progressive disease beginning with mild memory loss and possibly leading to loss of the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to the environment. Alzheimer’s disease involves parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language.
- Parkinson’s Disease:
Also a progressive disease, Parkinson’s affects the nervous system and the parts of the body controlled by the nerves. Tremors are often the first symptom, and then progress to stiffness and slowing of movement.
Depending on the site of the stroke, survivors display a wide range and severity of effects, including aphasia, paralysis, weakness, and tiredness.
- Early stages of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS):
ALS is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease after it ended the career of the New York Yankee baseball player. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The onset and progressive of symptoms vary in individuals but can include muscle weakness and loss of control or speech, swallowing, use of hands, arms, legs or feet.
Puzzles and games are therapeutic, but they also provide exercise in memory and are said to improve brain functions, especially short-term memory. In some cases, puzzles may ease some of the symptoms and provide stimulating comfort, as well as provide a sense of control.
Alternatively, the activity therapy system can be used to focus on using imagination and creativity versus focusing on memory recall. An NIH study found that creative activities can be stimulating for dementia patients, and may result in reduction of depression and isolation. They may also enhance the feeling of power of choice and decisions. Creative and art therapy activities may sharpen the senses and the patient’s propensity to act themselves.
For those with verbal challenges, A Mind to Care’s system includes a Mood Pointer sheet to help the user to communicate with others.
The use of A Mind to Care’s game and activity therapy systems is beneficial to those who interact with the users as well:
- Pediatric Occupational Therapists:
The system’s four-sided, foldable, magnetic dry-erase boards have been praised by pediatric occupational therapists for its versatility, allowing children to enjoy floor play on their bellies with a variety of games and activities.
Inspired by the more than 11 million Americans who provide care for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or other cognitive challenges, A Mind to Care Game & Activity Therapy System provides entertainment and engagement for the user, and the family caregiver a short break.
To further help caregivers, A Mind to Care has published a Caregivers Journal full of actionable self-care and self-reflections tips.
A Mind to Care Game & Activity Therapy System can be used successfully in a wide range of environments including:
- Senior Centers
- Assisted Living Residences
- By Pediatric Occupational Therapists
- Mobile Libraries
- By In-home Caregivers
- By Behavior Interventionists
If you have an idea for a new Activity or Game sheet, and you don’t see it on this website, let us know and we may be able to build it for you! Our mission is to help as many people as we can by improving quality of life through entertainment and activities.