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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 Assistant Director, Hailey Richman, age 8, has been distributing puzzles to nursing facilities in the New York area. Hailey spends time doing the puzzles with nursing home residents. She always brightens their days.

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.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Assistant Director of PuzzlesToRemember at Work

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Helping Other Caregivers

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By Hailey Richman
Assistant Director, PuzzlesToRemember
Founder, www.kidcaregivers.com

Today I took another friend to the nursing home to solve puzzles and spend time with the seniors.  We  saw an elderly woman with her son, they were visitors.  They were very sad because her husband had a stroke and is not doing well. The elderly woman and her son were very quiet and seemed very unhappy. We asked them if they would like to help solve the puzzle with grandma. Even though they do not have dementia, it made them feel better to think about something else. We were all very happy when the puzzle was solved.  Sometimes, caregivers need to give other caregivers some "care".  We are not alone!  We all go through tough times and it makes us feel good to support each other!!

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Puzzles Donated to "When HELP Can't Wait"

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By Max Wallack
Puzzles to Remember

A few years ago at a Jefferson Awards event, I met Helen McVicker. Ms. McVicker is the founder of When HELP Can't Wait.

 "When HELP Can't Wait" exists to supply very current needs for the comfort and convenience of nursing home residents that cannot be readily funded by the facility where they reside." 

Several times since our meeting, I have sent puzzles to Ms McVicker. She brings these puzzles to some of the most needy nursing home patients, who can't even afford toothbrushes, let alone puzzles.

I recently received photos of two nursing home residents working on these puzzles.

Thank you, Ms. McVicker, for the wonderful work you are doing.

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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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Thank You to the Daughters of the American Revolution!

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By Max Wallack
Puzzles to Remember


Yesterday I received a National Founders Award, the Mary Desha Medal for Youth, from the Daughters of the American Revolution for "Exemplary Service to Community, State, or Nation."


I want to thank the Daughters of the American Revolution for bestowing this great honor upon me.  Even more than that, I want to thank the Daughters of the American Revolution for being there for me over the past 5 or 6 years.    

I first was first contacted, at about age 14, to receive a local community service award for my work on behalf of Alzheimer’s patients.  When I left that meeting, several members came over to me and told me that I am part of their family now and they will always be there to help me, and they have remained true to their words.  The Daughters of the American Revolution have collected and supplied puzzles to my organization, PuzzlesToRemember, on several occasions.  They have remained in contact, always offering their friendship and support.

I know am very fortunate to have the support of such wonderful people.


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