Puzzles To Remember

PUZZLES TO REMEMBER is a 501(c)3 organization that provides puzzles to nursing homes, veterans facilities, and other facilities that care for Alzheimer's and dementia patients. Puzzles To Remember was founded in 2008 by Max Wallack, who recognized the calming effect of puzzles and many other benefits on people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Max graduated from Boston University, Summa Cum Laude, in 2015, and is now a medical school student.

Since 2011, Puzzles To Remember’s Associate Director, Hailey Richman, now age 10, has been helping distribute puzzles to nursing facilities around the globe. Hailey also spends time doing the puzzles with nursing home residents. She always brightens their days.  Hailey is also the founder of KidCaregivers.com, where she provides advice for children dealing with dementia in their family members.

If you have puzzles that you would like to donate, please contact us at PuzzlesToRemember@gmail.com and we will find a location near you where you can bring your puzzles. We can also provide you with a donation letter so that you can claim the value of your puzzles as a tax deduction.

To see a short video from WCVB Ch. 5 "BOSTON STRONG" about Max's efforts on behalf of Alzheimer's patients, click here.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Today's Puzzle Time in New York City


Max Wallack
Hailey Richman

Enjoy these photos from today's Puzzle Time at the 80th Street Residence in New York City.

The residents certainly seem to be enjoying themselves, while CBS News, Fox News, and ABC News were quite intrigued.

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Puzzle Time


Max Wallack
Hailey Richman

We now have a new program called Puzzle Time.  Young people and seniors in nursing facilities are brought together and spend time solving puzzles.  We are supplying the puzzles for this program, and crediting community service hours to students and girl scouts who participate.  Numerous high schools have already signed up to participate.  Hailey is working on a video to train the students on how best to go about their interactions with the nursing home residents.

Last week, we brought Springbok Alzheimer's puzzles to a memory care facility. The participating residents had a wonderful time solving the puzzles. We had a lot of conversations about the themes, which ranged from birds to the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

We want to thank Springbok Puzzles, once again, for their continuing support of our efforts to provide therapeutic puzzles for those with various levels of dementia. 

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Puzzle Time Program


by Hailey Richman
Associate Director PuzzlesToRemember
Founder KidCaregivers

Hi All,

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer! I have been very busy traveling, and working on some projects.

I am very happy to share the launching of the PUZZLE TIME program with our partner organization PuzzlesToRemember ! We are currently working with 2 high schools in the NYC area. We are pairing up a high school student with a senior afflicted with Alzheimer's Disease for an hour of puzzle-solving. The high school students will receive community service credits (often a requirement for graduation). The benefits of puzzle-solving have been studied by many researchers.

This program will bring lots of stimulation and happiness for both of the parties.

I am looking forward to training the high school students. I am hoping this program will grow.

My dream is for every state to have a PUZZLE TIME program. Please reach out to me if you would like to have a PUZZLE TIME program in a specific facility or if you are aware of a high school that would be interested.

Our contact information: kidcaregivers@gmail.com Hope to hear from you soon!

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Hailey, Our Associate Director, is New York's 2018 State Honoree in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards


Max Wallack

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. This program recognizes and thanks young people who’ve made a difference and, through their charitable works, inspired others to consider how they might contribute to their communities.

Congratulations to our Associate Director, Hailey Richman, whose work with Puzzles To Remember & Kid Caregivers has earned her a place as a 2018 State Honoree.

Click here to learn more about Hailey's work: https://spirit.prudential.com/honoree/2018/ny/hailey-richman

Max Wallack graduated from Boston University and worked as a Research Intern in the Molecular Psychiatry and Aging Laboratory in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at Boston University School of Medicine. He is currently a student at Harvard Medical School. His great grandmother, Gertrude, suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Max is the founder of PUZZLES TO REMEMBER. PTR is a project that provides puzzles to nursing homes and veterans institutions that care for Alzheimer's and dementia patients

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PUZZLES TO REMEMBER was founded in 2008 by Max Wallack, in memory of his great-grandmother, Gertrude Finkelstein, who died of Alzheimer's disease in 2007.
Puzzles To Remember is registered in Massachusetts as a public charity. Contributions are welcome, and are tax deductible under sec. 501(c.)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

For more information, write to us at PuzzlesToRemember@gmail.com