The fourth graders of Temple Sinai Religious School Kids Care Club in Newington, CT reached out to their community as part of the Temple’s Mitzvah Day. A mitzvah is doing ‘good deeds’ such as engaging in kindness toward others.
The Club chose to become involved with an organization called Puzzlestoremember. The goal of this organization is to work on puzzles with people who may have cognitive issues such as memory loss, due to conditions like Alzheimer’s Disease. Whether the puzzle images stimulate memories, or doing puzzles is enjoyable and relaxing, it has been determined that people can benefit from this activity.
The class certainly felt positively about it. Two senior nursing facilities, Hebrew Health Care and Atria Hamilton Heights, were the venues for the project. The puzzles used were specially produced and have larger pieces and smaller piece counts. Themes of the puzzles included chocolates, flowers, New York sights, and a teddy bear. Everyone seemed to have a wonderful time.