How A Maryland Woman’s Love Of Legos Extended Her Relationship With Her Mother – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Chances are you or someone you know grew up playing with Legos.

But did you know that these colorful little building blocks can also benefit people who are dealing with dementia?

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Experts say Legos are powerful tools to stimulate the human mind and spark creativity.

“We have communicated my entire life using Lego bricks,” said Loretta Veney, LEGO Serious Play moderator.

For Veney, Legos represent a building block for her childhood with her mother. But, she said, the blocks don’t stop there.

“In 2014, when she forgot who I was, that’s when we started to really focus on helping her find the right words,” says Veney.

Her mother, Doris, was diagnosed with dementia in 2006. Veney said that when she began to lose touch with her daughter’s memories, she reached out to her childhood memories of Legos. to help cope.

“It sounds a little crazy, but it’s really about unlocking, if possible, their imagination that they probably haven’t had to use in a while,” said Veney.

Day after day, Veney spends her time building Legos with her mother just like the old days, only this time using it as a communication tool.

“When people start asking me why I’m doing it with my mom, I’ll always say, ‘She’s still there, I just have to go get it,'” Veney said. “I’m not just going to suffer from that little empty stare, we’re going to do anything.”

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And it worked for many years.

“When my mom was upset or agitated or whatever, we would pull out the Lego bricks and I know you would help her recall certain things from our childhood,” says Veney. “It’s amazing to see her building and just the look on her face.”

Studies have shown that Lego therapy can help stave off neurodegenerative diseases, like dementia, by stimulating and maintaining brain function while improving dexterity.

“Seven hours before she went into a coma and died, she was still pushing those Lego bricks around and that made sense to me, because she still recognized it,” said Veney.

Veney’s mother passed away in January 2022, but she has now learned from her experience and hopes to build hope and inspire others.

She currently leads Lego therapy sessions at dozens of senior centers across Maryland and beyond.

“Just keep getting involved and trying. Don’t give up, they’re still in it,” Veney said.

Veney will host a free virtual Lego session on Tuesday, May 31.

Click here to sign up or learn more about a Lego session.

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