Raising Papa

Everything in Moderation
11 March 2014

We know there are a lot of adults today who are taking care of their aging parents.  One woman recently wrote to us to share her story about taking care of her father-in-law.  And we want to share it with you.  We encourage you to visit her blog if you would like to keep up to date on "Papa's" adventures.  Meeting people is what makes this world so great and who knows, maybe her story will help with your own in some way.

A couple weeks ago I wandered into a local puzzle store walk and picked up a puzzle for my  80 year old father in law who is recently came to live with us.  At this time he has moderate memory loss and we picked out a Cobble Hill family puzzle thinking it would be an activity we could do together.  It was perfect!  Being able to watch the puzzle come together was great for his self-esteem.  I am so glad that I spent a few minutes talking to someone at the store to be able to find a quality puzzle because he loved it, he was able to complete it and now he wants to do more.   What a great new hobby for him!  I am sure there will be a time when he will need puzzles with less pieces but at this time the size, piece count and variety of shapes was exactly what we were looking for, not to mention it was a beautiful picture of ice cream.  Unfortunately since then he picked up a second puzzle from another store but without any advice or knowing the different types of puzzles he ended up picking up a puzzle that really will not work well for him.  The pieces are all the same size, and similar shape; he needs something that is more randomly cut so he can really search and find a piece without getting frustrated because they all look alike.  I had no idea there were so many different types of puzzles!

I am working on a blog of all of the adjustments we are making since my father in law has come to live with us, and would like to Cobble Hill Puzzles in the reference section.  Finding a great puzzle encouraged him to try something new, and that would not have happened if we had chosen another puzzle for his first one.  It helped us and I would love to be able to offer that advice to others, hopefully more people will be able to find a new hobby just as my father in law did..."

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