A student has designed a jigsaw puzzle for people living with Alzheimer’s disease, featuring a combination of large pieces and images intended to suit older people.
Ben Atkinson-Willes, 22, a design student at Kingston University, came up with the idea after his grandfather developed the condition.
‘One thing my grandad loves doing is puzzles, but the products with fewer pieces were generally designed for very young children. I wanted to create something that would suit his need and respect his age.’
Mr Atkinson-Willes trialled potential images, which include a Spitfire aircraft (pictured), train, dog and family at the beach, during research in care homes around Surrey.
‘I started with more than 70 images, but the eight I have chosen were not only popular, but even prompted memories for some of the adults completing them,’ he said.
‘One resident, who hadn’t spoken all day during our testing, began talking when he completed the puzzle - with a picture of a Spitfire - about his time in the war,’ said Mr Atkinson-Willes.