Kids Caregivers: Puzzle Time
Puzzle Time - an intergenerational program pairing students and Scouts with persons living with Alzheimer's disease for an hour of jigsaw puzzle solving. The Alzheimer's residents receive stimulation to their brains and companionship while the young people receive community service hours and the joy of improving the lives of people in the Alzheimer's communities.Updates from Kid Caregivers
Kid Caregivers is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that I founded (EIN 61-1888629) which supports and empowers children who are acting as caregivers. There are 1.8 million children who are acting as caregivers for family members with Alzheimer's disease. We provide a peer-to-peer support platform, our mission is to help young people cope and to enliven the lives of adults living with Alzheimer's disease.
My name is Hailey, I am 15 years old, and have been a caregiver for my grandma (who has Alzheimer's disease) since I was 4 years old. She passed away on April 14th 2020. My grandma was my best friend and when she developed Alzheimer’s disease I knew I had to help her. I spent time caring for her, and I also learned that
solving jigsaw puzzles was a great way for us to connect!
There are 1.8 million kids in the United States who are acting as caregivers. I want other kids to know that they are not alone; there are many of us out there! I believe that kids need to be recognized as caregivers. I also want to benefit the lives of Alzheimer's patients, with intergenerational programs (Puzzle Time and Creative Arts). My goal is to pair youth with the dementia community to enhance lives.
I founded Kid Caregivers when I was 10 years old. I learned at an early age that solving jigsaw puzzles helps stimulate the visual cortex which improves memory, may slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and improves mood.
Kid Caregivers is a 501c3 nonprofit organization which supports and empowers children who are acting as caregivers. Our mission is to help young people cope and to enliven the lives of adults living with Alzheimer's disease. We offer intergenerational Puzzle Time programs and training to enhance eldercare globally. We encourage young people to use their skills to benefit the dementia community.
Girl Scouts, middle and high school students participate in Puzzle Time. We have Puzzle Ambassadors in all 50 states and 16 countries. They help recruit students who receive community service hours while the people living with Alzheimer’s disease in facilities receive a rare sense of accomplishment.