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 from Harvard Medical School in 2020.

Beginning in 2020, Hailey Richman is the Executive Director of PuzzlesToRemember. Since 2011, Hailey has been distributing 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. Hailey has begun a program called PuzzleTime which involves volunteer students going to nursing facilities and doing puzzles with their residents. Max serves as a mentor to the KidCaregivers program.

If you have puzzles that you would like to donate, please contact us at Puzzles2Remember@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.

To see a short video about Hailey's Puzzle Time Program, click here.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

BizKids Tapes PuzzlesToRemember for Their TV Series


By Max Wallack
Puzzles to Remember

Today I spent five hours with a TV crew from BizKids. BizKids is a TV show on Public Television that encourages young people to start their own businesses, both for-profit and nonprofit.

The crew of four took the time to try to capture the importance of the work that PuzzlesToRemember does. They videotaped the huge mountain of puzzles accumulating in my garage, awaiting funding for postage to ship them to Alzheimer’s patients who would really benefit from them.

The Bizkids crew also filmed me collecting puzzles from one of my collection bins at the Weston Public Library. The Weston Library has always been very supportive of PuzzlesToRemember. It is one of my best collection locations. Today, 20 puzzles were waiting there when the Bidzkids crew and I arrived.

I was proud to show the TV crew how the PuzzlesToRemember website has been recently accessed from Australia, Taiwan, the Phillipines, Italy, Thailand, Hong Kong, and other far away places. Alzheimer’s disease is a worldwide and growing epidemic. We need to invest in resources to find a cure. Meanwhile, we need to help those who are afflicted live their lives with dignity.

Research shows strongly that creative endeavors, including jigsaw puzzles, can improve the quality of life of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Max Wallack is a student at Boston University Academy. His great grandmother, Gertrude Finkelstein, suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Max is the founder of PUZZLES TO REMEMBER , a 501(c.)3 charitable organization. PUZZLES TO REMEMBER is a project that provides puzzles to nursing homes and other 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 Puzzles2Remember@gmail.com