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Games for Cognitive issues
You might want to try looking at games for very young children.
You might also try printing off some coloring pages and getting her washable crayons or markers.
My mom will always say she doesn't want to do a puzzle, but when you dump it on the table and start she joins right in. I stick with puzzles of 50-200 pieces and with larger pieces.
The other thing she used to enjoy doing but no longer can is "spot the difference" where there are 2 pictures and you have to find the 8 differences between them. The caregivers enjoyed doing these with her as well.
If you're looking for something to keep her occupied while watching tv, you can always have her sort buttons by color. There were many times I just told her I had dropped the buttons and needed her help assorting them into jars.
My FIL can’t really follow TV anymore, but he is enjoying books on tape - we are listening to Little House on the Prairie series now. Upbeat, easy to follow, and relates to his childhood.
His MC had some fun games, like bingo but with pictures, manicures/pedicures for the ladies, decorating cupcakes, and a game where they finished the saying, like “Two peas in a ___”…
When my son (42) was diagnosed with ALZ, early onset, his neurologist recommended an SLP therapist for cognitive therapy. I had no idea that the person who deals with speech, language, pathology did other things beside work with breathing and swallowing and helping to use speech effectively.
We have been using home exercises the therapist suggests following her work with him, which often is playing games! Memory games and thinking games. We also have workbooks for adults with ALZ, and you can get them on Amazon. He can pick out the differences between two similar cartoons. He does very simple word search, a worksheet page may have a simple cartoon and the person has to figure out the name of the figure or thing, often with just 3 letters. We have the Blink game, cards, which can be played many different ways and by 2 or more people. He also likes the trivia questions and questions where he has to figure out what is "wrong" in a sentence. Coloring was good for a while but now his fingers don't work well with a pencil or marker, so he is doing them on a tablet.
We made it part of his daily routine, so he expects to have these breaks in a long day. Maybe 1/2 hour at a time, doing 1 or 2 different games or activities. If he's not focusing, we drop it "for later" and "how about we do this instead". Keep in mind all this works great IF the caregiver helps to prompt and make it fun.
Lots of good suggestions.
Some that worked for us are coloring - you can find large print coloring books for seniors and even some good coloring books for Alzheimer's with simple phrases on Amazon.
Watercolor - there are books that come with marker type pens that you fill with water and then the colors fill in themselves as you "color" over it with the pen. There are also watercolor paintings that work the same way with a paintbrush. They are reusable.
Depending on ability level, there are various puzzles and word games that can be worked on together.
Bingo (lots of variations).
Simple crafts. There are a lot of craft kits to choose from.
Other ideas - Singing/music. Exercises. Pass/throw/tap a balloon; play catch; bean bag toss; indoor bowling game, etc.
You may also have to modify the games you have. Instead of scrabble, maybe you can take some of the tiles and try to form words or match letters. For cards, if she can still read numbers, it may simply be taking turns picking up a card and saying the number you get. Finding matching cards is another good game.
There are a few stores on Amazon that may give you ideas - one is called Relish and another is Keeping Busy. They are both geared to people with Alzheimer's.
Hopefully, you will find something that she enjoys. It may also take encouragement. My mother will say no to everything, but with encouragement, she will do many activities and enjoy herself.
Word puzzles fast got too hard for my mom. But she did enjoy playing games with a bunch of blocks of different sizes, shapes and colors. (None tiny, most were hand-size)
She could look at a card from the game, and then use the blocks to copy whatever shape was on the card. The game is on Amazon, something like “Pattern Puzzles” maybe. Cost about $10-15. There’s some other variations and sizes.
Even when she didn’t try to copy what was shown, she liked sorting and handling the blocks.
My DH with Alzheimer’s was never a game person, but he liked to sort small objects. Coins were his favorite. But screws and nails, pens/pencils, safety pins from paper clips, etc. He also liked folding simple things, like towels, napkins, T-shirts. Finish one pile? Just shake them out when he’s not looking, Repeat.