3rd Wednesday Speaker Series: Brain Reconditioning – The Benefits of Jigsaw Puzzles

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Putting together a jigsaw puzzle is often regarded as a leisure and social activity, but increasingly researchers are touting the psychological and health benefits derived from puzzling. Unlike watching a movie, reading a book, or playing a boardgame, assemblin a puzzle requires a lot of thinking, both logical and creative, thus making the whole brain work at once. Of course, in the age of COVID-19, let’s not underestimate the value associated with fun!

The discussion will examine how jigsaw puzzling taps multiple cognitive abilities and is a potential protective factor for cognitive aging. The discussion will be moderated by Ema Sasic, Health Reporter for the Desert Sun. Panelists will include Kimberly Spiegel, Education, Outreach and Operations Manager at Alzheimer’s Association in Palm Desert, Christopher Hawkey, Ph.D, Mary Lou Green, Family Care Consultant at Dementia Help Center and puzzler aficionados John Hazatone and Connie Kearns, RN (Ret.)

There is no charge for the event but registration is required.

Register here https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E9940&id=59 

Special Thanks to our partners for their support of this event:

  • Alzheimer’s Association in Palm Desert,
  • Dementia Help Center


Puzzle Exhibition

The discussion will be accompanied by an exhibition of puzzles assembled by Mizell volunteers.

Wanted! Completed Puzzles for Exhibition!

Puzzlers must submit an assembled puzzle that has been solidified by glue, tape, or some form of adhesive.

Puzzles must be submitted by Friday, October 15th

Puzzlers must affix their name, email address and telephone number to the back of the puzzle.

Puzzlers may not submit more than two puzzles.

Puzzlers agree to attend a conversation focused on the cognitive and social benefits of puzzling on Wednesday, October 20 at 6 pm.

The Mizell Center is responsible for displaying the puzzles

No insurance or security is provided and Mizell Center can assume no responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged puzzles.

Hours for viewing the exhibit will be within the hours that Mizell Center is open and not being used for a scheduled meeting.


For more information, contact Ector Simpson @ EctorS@Mizell.org