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Puzzles To Remember

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.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

My Friend and Mentor, Bob DeMarco

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By Max Wallack
Puzzles to Remember

In January 2010, I first learned of the AlzheimersReadingRoom.com. The editor of that site, Bob DeMarco, had written an article about my donation to the Alzheimer’s Research Institute at Boston University. I emailed Bob, and a friendship was born.

Emailing Bob was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It is amazing how much we have in common considering that we have never met, we live 1500 miles apart, and there is 45 years difference in age. I suspect that our common bond is that we think alike.

Bob and I share knowing what life is like being a caregiver to an Alzheimer’s patient whom we love. We share a thirst for knowledge. We both have a need to help others and provide information to help others. We both live our lives trying to make lemonade out of lemons.

Bob DeMarco is one of the most intelligent people I have ever interacted with. I know that every word he says and every advice he offers needs my attention and contemplation. There is always some important life lesson waiting for me.

Bob DeMarco was a Wall Street tycoon, a company CEO, and a College Professor. He walked away from that life six years ago to take care of his mom who has Alzheimer’s. Not only is he the exemplar of caregiving, he spends hours each day on the Alzheimer’s Reading Room sharing his expertise of personal experience as well as what he has learned from reading over 6000 scholarly articles.

Often Bob tells me he can’t wait to see what I become in life. I couldn’t do any better than to live up to Bob’s expectations for me. I also know that Bob’s greatest contributions to society are yet to come. Someday, I will be a Geriatric Psychiatrist working with Alzheimer’s patients and perhaps doing research to find a cure for his horrific disease. Someday, Bob will be this country’s VOICE for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers. Perhaps, he already is.

Visit www.AlzheimersReadingRoom.com

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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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Big Thanks to DoSomething.org

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By Max Wallack
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I want to give a big thanks to DoSomething.org for the American Express grant they gave me in November. I used the funds to purchase 126 puzzles.

The puzzles I purchased were 200 or fewer large pieces. It is very difficult to find this type of puzzle. Puzzles with 200 or fewer pieces are usually meant for children, and so they have young themes like SpongeBob or Dora. This makes finding puzzles for Alzheimer's patients quite difficult.

Through bargain shopping in stores and online, I was able to purchase the 126 puzzles. I included some of those puzzles in each of 45 shipments of puzzles that I sent out to veteran's homes that care for veterans with Alzheimer's disease.

I know those puzzles will be a great help to those patients!

DoSomething is a wonderful organization. It provides resources, seminars, grants, and encouragement to young people under the age of 25, encouraging them to DO SOMETHING to benefit society. They have a great website at www.DoSomething.org.

Thanks, DoSomething, for helping me help so many people!

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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Monday, March 22, 2010

Puzzles Sent to Alaska and Hawaii

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By Max Wallack
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Today, two additional shipments of puzzles are being sent out. Veterans' homes in Alaska and Hawaii will be receiving these puzzles. Hopefully, the veterans there suffering from Alzheimer's disease will find enjoyment in doing these puzzles.

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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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Four More Veterans' Facilities To Receive Puzzles

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By Max Wallack
Puzzles to Remember


Today, cartons of puzzles were packed to be shipped to four additional veterans' facilities that care for our veterans with Alzheimer's disease.

Veterans at facilities in New York, California, Colorado, and Alabama will be receiving these puzzles.

Fortunately, this time I was able to provide puzzles with 200 pieces or fewer, and most have large, easy-to-grasp pieces.

There are an additional 8 packed cartons just sitting on my porch, already addressed, waiting for funding for shipping costs.


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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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Puzzles Sent to Three More States

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By Max Wallack
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Today,PuzzlesToRemember sent puzzles to three different Veterans' homes. They are located in New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Carolina. Now, PuzzlesToRemember has sent puzzles to 43 states and Canadian provinces.

We also received a wonderful thank-you letter from the W.F. Green Veterans Home in Bay Minette, Alabama. Their Executive Director, Larry Weappa, says,

"On behalf of the Veterans at William F. Green State Veterans Home, we thank you for your generous donation of Puzzles for our Veterans. Our Veterans are enjoying these Puzzles very much!"

PuzzlesToRemember is proud to be able to provide these puzzles for our veterans with Alzheimer's disease. Hopefully, their day will be just a little brighter.

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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Thursday, March 18, 2010

PuzzlesToRemember is Featured in Care ADvantage Magazine by the Alzheimer's Foundation of America

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By Max Wallack
Puzzles to Remember



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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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Recent Feedback from Veterans' Homes

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By Max Wallack
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I thought I would share with you some of the recent feedback I have been receiving from various veterans’ facilities when they receive puzzles from PuzzlesToRemember.

From Mississippi:

Mr. Wallack, I received your donation of puzzles on Friday, 03/12/2010. Thank you again for thinking of us. The residents are very excited about the opportunity to do some meaningful hand work. Thank you for all you do.

From Virginia:

I just wanted to send you an email to thank you for the wonderful puzzles that we received today!! They are truly great!! I have two of our veterans who are so excited to get started on the new puzzles. You have really brightened their day. On behalf of the veterans here at Sitter and Barfoot, I wanted to give you my sincere gratitude. I hope that you are well and having a great day!!!

From Vermont:

MAX,
WHAT A GREAT THING YOU ARE DOING.WE DO HAVE A SPECIALIZED DEMENTIA UNIT AND WOULD BE THRILLED.ON OUR WEEKLY CALENDAR WE DO PUZZLES & GAMES.

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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Monday, March 15, 2010

My Week In Various Neurology Settings

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By Max Wallack
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Since March 8, I have spent every day in a hospital setting learning more about Alzheimer's disease as well as other neurological problems.

I have had experiences ranging from being in an elevator with a patient having a sudden heart attack to visiting a very sad veteran's ward of advanced Alzheimer's patients.

I found that most patients are eager to interact with young people, sometimes sharing their whole life story. Some are full of advice. I am convinced that interaction with a kind person can improve the life of every single one of the patients I have seen, even if only for a short time.

Some of these older patients affectionately called me "Doogie". Being from another generation, it took me a few days to find out that they were referring to a TV show from the 80's.

Tomorrow, I will be visiting some research laboratories where cutting edge research on Alzheimer's disease is happening. I am looking forward to learning a lot.

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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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Ten More Boxes of Puzzles

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By Max Wallack
Puzzles to Remember

Thanks to the grant from Stop & Shop, 10 more boxes of puzzles will be shipping out tomorrow.This includes boxes for nine Alzheimer’s Units in Veterans’ Homes.

I find it particularly sad that these veterans who risked their lives and made huge sacrifices for our country, now cannot even remember the wonderful things they did to preserve our freedom!

I want to supply puzzles for as many veterans’ Alzheimer’s facilities as possible. It is astounding how many such facilities there are!

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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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Thank You, Stop & Shop Supermarkets!

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By Max Wallack
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Today, PuzzlesToRemember received a donation from Stop & Shop Supermarkets to help with the shipping costs of shipping puzzles to Alzheimer’s patients.

Stop & Shop said, “We applaud the work done by your organization and extend our best wishes for much continued success.”

The lives of many Alzheimer’s patients will be made a little better because of the generosity of Stop & Shop.

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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BizKids Tapes PuzzlesToRemember for Their TV Series

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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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Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Right Puzzle

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By Max Wallack
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For the past few days, I have been corresponding with a very nice lady, Joianne, from an Assisted Living Center in Texas. Joianne really understand how puzzles can spark the memories of Alzheimer’s patients.

Joianne cares for eight Alzheimer’s patients. She told me a little about each one so I could try to pick out the puzzles that would be best.

For instance, Joianne told me one patient is a retired science teacher who is still fascinated with dinosaurs, and she wanted to know if I had any dinosaur puzzles. Well, we were in luck. I do have dinosaur puzzles, but I hadn’t sent them out because I thought that most adults would consider them either subject matter for children or too frightening. This weekend, I will send that patient a great dinosaur puzzle.

Another patient, with advanced dementia and a very short attention span, just became a great grandmother. I will be sending that patient a 6 piece puzzle of baby.

A third patient, who was a world traveler to exotic places, will receive a puzzle of a European castle, while another patient who loves to garden, will have a puzzle of beautiful flowers.

I hope these puzzles give a spark of recognition and a memory of happy times to these patients.

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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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

More Puzzles Shipped Out

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By Max Wallack
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Three more boxes of puzzles have been shipped out so far this week.

Thanks to Carole Larkin of Third Age Services, requests for puzzles are coming in frequently from Texas. I’m sure these puzzles will help many Alzheimer’s patients.

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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Monday, March 8, 2010

My Day at a Memory Clinic

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By Max Wallack
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I had an amazing day today. I had the opportunity to be in a hospital setting and be involved in memory clinic for veterans.

I also learned about quite a number of different clinical trials and drug combinations that are being tested to help Alzheimer’s patients.

It makes me feel hopeful because, if all this great work to find real help for Alzheimer’s patients is going on in just one hospital, then I know there must be thousands of smart researchers out there that are really trying to help.

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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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Solomon Schechter School Donates 200 Puzzles

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By Max Wallack
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Today, Solomon Schechter School in Newton Massachusetts donated 200 puzzles to PuzzlesToRemember. The students at the school have been collecting puzzles for about two months leading up to today's donation.

Every year on a Sunday in March, Solomon Schechter School celebrates "Mitzvah Sunday." On this day, the students all engage in some form of community service.

The puzzles donated today will be sent to between 10 and 20 nursing facilities that care for Alzheimer's patients.

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 PuzzlesToRemember@gmail.com