Activities for Seniors: Jigsaw Puzzles

activities for seniors

Engage and entertain with fun activities at the right level

Activities for seniors are important for preventing boredom and boosting mood. 

And jigsaw puzzles are a great activity for older adults to do on their own or with others.

They also help older adults exercise their fingers and minds, have fun, and feel a sense of accomplishment.

The key is to find a puzzle that suits their ability level and has a picture they like.

To help you find something your older adult will enjoy, we rounded up a bunch of fun puzzles with beautiful pictures.

We found options for people looking for simpler puzzles, ones designed for Alzheimer’s or dementia, puzzles for people with impaired vision, and even ones made from your own photos.


Simpler puzzles for mild cognitive impairment

Seniors with mild cognitive decline can still have fun with puzzles. Start by choosing one with a simple picture and fewer pieces than they used to enjoy.

If you’re not sure, start with a 50 or 100 piece puzzle and see how that goes.

If they find that one to be too easy or too hard, you’ll know to increase or decrease the number of pieces when choosing the next puzzle.

Puzzles with less than 100 pieces

100 piece puzzles

Puzzles with more than 100 pieces


Puzzles for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia

Springbok, a puzzle company, makes a special line for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia called Puzzles to Remember. 

These puzzles have 36 or 100 large pieces that are easier to grip and see. And the pictures are lovely, vibrant, and perfect for adults – not childish at all.

Some of our favorites

More from Springbok

  • Click here for Puzzles to Remember at Springbok’s online store.
  • Click here for more Springbok Puzzles to Remember at Amazon. Look for Puzzles to Remember in the item description – these designs are different from their line of 36 piece puzzles for children.


Puzzles for people with vision impairment

Some older adults are doing well cognitively, but their eyesight or hand flexibility has declined.

In this case, a puzzle with larger pieces, but a lot of them, may be just right. 

That way, the challenge will be in the puzzle itself, not in seeing or picking up the pieces.


Create a custom photo puzzle

It’s easy to turn a custom photo into a fun puzzle. Just choose your older adult’s favorite family or nature photo and upload it to a puzzle making service.

Many seniors, especially those with Alzheimer’s or dementia, really enjoy photo puzzles.

A few options


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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
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