Dementia Brain Games – Jigsaw Puzzles is next up in my Brain Games series. Can you walk past a puzzle and not try to find just 1 piece! 

I’ve rounded up 10 free online websites where your loved one with dementia can work on putting together a puzzle.

I read over and over again that you should keep learning new things as you grow older in order to prevent cognitive decline. You want to keep the mind active and in use.

One way keep those neurons and synapses working is to continue using your memory skills which I’ve written about in this earlier post.

Another way of keeping your mind active is by working on jigsaw puzzles.

Jigsaw puzzle benefits for dementia patients

I don’t know about you, but once I start working on a jigsaw puzzle, it’s hard to pull myself away from one! 

Does that happen to you?

Here are some benefits to working on jigsaw puzzles –

  •  Improves your memory

  • Improves your concentration

  • Improves your cognition

  • Improves your visual-spatial reasoning

  • Reduces stress

  • Reinforces problem solving skills

  • Relaxes you

  • Reinforces eye-hand coordination

  • Reinforces manual dexterity

free online jigsaw puzzle websites

I have gathered a round-up of 10 free online jigsaw puzzle websites for you, where you can have your dementia loved one put together a puzzle. I believe with a short introduction on how to use the site, your loved one should be able to complete the puzzle with little assistance.

You can create log-ins on some of the sites if you are one that likes to track results.

They all seem to be pretty easy to use. Just select a puzzle you’d like to complete and wait for it to set up. To manipulate the pieces you just click on a puzzle piece and drag it where you want to place it. If a piece is in the correct place, you should hear a “click” as it locks into place.

Make sure you take a look at Jig Zone, one of the sites listed below, as that site challenges you to put a puzzle together via unusual shapes, unlike those of “normal” puzzles.

jigsawplanet

Select a puzzle on the home page or click on View More to see other ones. Once you have chosen a puzzle you can start to move the pieces where you want them. If the piece is placed correctly you’ll hear a click!

If you hover the cursor over the button on the top right that says Play As you can change the number of puzzle pieces to make it more or less. In addition, you can click on Custom and change the shape of the puzzle piece. 

Jigsaw Explorer

About ⅔ of the way down the page, click on browse the puzzles and you’ll get a list of categories. Choose 1 of the categories and select your puzzle.

On the puzzle workspace you will get a pop-up menu in the center. On that menu there is a grid of 9 squares. If you click that 9 square grid you can select from 45 different choices of puzzle piece amounts ranging from 6 to 840. 

There is an option to create your own custom puzzle. All you need is the URL of the image location.

I like the variety of puzzle choices on this site. There is also a help screen available which provides additional information and shortcuts.

TheJigSawPuzzles

I like the variety of categories on this one. I think the older people will enjoy the older vehicles under the category cars and bikes. 

Once you decide on a puzzle, to the right of the puzzleboard is an area with the heading Actions. The top action listed is Change Cut. Once you click on it, you get 5 different styles of puzzle pieces. Hovering over one of the styles will bring up a menu where you can pick the number of puzzle pieces you’d like.

You can try different edges to see which one your loved one prefers.

Jigidi

This site offers a bunch of categories to choose from.

Once you get a puzzle pulled up click on it. On the next screen, in the top right hand corner there are 3 vertical dots. Click there and you’ll see the option to change number of pieces and a few other options as well. You may have to scroll down.

A pop up will appear and you can select from the given numbers of pieces. Then click Restart and solve the puzzle.

i’m a puzzle

This one also has categories.

Once you select your puzzle you are given the option to change the number of pieces by clicking on Easy, Medium, Hard, Very Hard or Supreme which is 50 very small pieces!

Puzzle Garage

This site also has quite a few categories. I really liked the Architecture category and I liked the photo scenes offered as puzzles.

It does want you to create an account so you can keep track of your solutions. I’ll leave that up to you whether you do or don’t.

I believe this puzzle game may be more of a challenge for folks with dementia especially if they have difficulty with their eyesight.

These puzzle pieces are harder to see the detail. Even with the smallest puzzle pieces of 54, you’d think they would be bigger, but they aren’t. You can zoom in on the puzzle to make it a little bigger. You can make it full screen but still the puzzle pieces are small. 

Daily JIgsaw Puzzles

The cool thing about this puzzle site is that you can take one of your own photos, upload it and through the magic of their program it will create a puzzle from your photo. This would be great practice on helping your loved one identify family members or places.

There are 6 levels of puzzle pieces with this one.

My only complaint on this website, is the ad that pops up once you choose a puzzle. Be aware not to click in those – just click on the X in the top right of the box and it should go away and your puzzle should show up.

Online Jigsaw Puzzles

On this one you can select from 11 different size puzzle pieces ranging from 12 to 216 so you can imagine how small as well as how big some of the pieces are.

In the top right of the screen there is a button Create Puzzle to click on to make your own puzzle so you can upload photos to this one as well.

2 older people sitting and looking at a tablet that the man is holding

JigZone

This is an interesting website. It would be easy to spend a lot of time on this site!

Once you select a puzzle there is a menu choice on the left side of the page titled Change Cut. Clicking on that brings up 35 choices of how you’d like the puzzle piece shape to be and ranging from a 6 piece puzzle to 247 pieces.

Caution here – some of the piece cuts are difficult. For example, I clicked on 108 piece swirls to see what the puzzle piece shape looked like. Um, No! Not one I’d like to try, unless I had absolutely nothing else to do, but it was fun to click on Auto Solve and watch it automatically get pieced together.

jigsawpuzzlecraft

These are beautiful photo puzzles to select from in various categories.

Once you choose a puzzle, you are prompted to choose the number of pieces. You get 8 choices ranging from 24 pieces to 486. I gotta tell ya, the 486 puzzle piece size has TINY pieces.

to summarize

I don’t know about you, but when I finish a puzzle, whether it’s a Sudoku or a jigsaw puzzle, it’s very satisfying to know that you’ve solved it! Just like solving for X way back in Algebra 1!

So, if you need an activity for your loved one with dementia or mild cognitive impairment to do, I would definitely suggest having them work on a jigsaw puzzle. They are so beneficial for dementia patients.

Plus it would keep them busy for a short while and that frees you (the caregiver) up to do other things. 😀

If you’re looking for actual puzzles to purchase, check out these sites –

Alzheimer’s Therapy Puzzles

The Alzheimer’s Store

Alzheimer’s Puzzles on Amazon (affiliate link – if you click on the link and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no cost to you.)