By Max Wallack
Puzzles to Remember
Here is an excerpt of an email that I received this morning:
“When my mother first attempted the 12 piece puzzle it took her a while to independently solve it. My daughter, as you are aware, assisted her. I purchased every single 12 piece puzzle that Springbok manufactures and gave them to her. Now whenever we visit, both grandma and grandchild solve the puzzles. Initially, my mother was unable to solve the 12 piece puzzles, alone. However, at my encouragement she has been practicing the puzzles when she is alone. I placed them on the coffee table near her bed within her eye range. I frequently call her and ask her to work on the puzzles that are on the coffee table. Well, the old adage, "practice makes perfect" even applies in the Alzheimer's World. Even though my mother's ventricles are moderately enlarged, the occipital lobe (which I believe may contribute to visual spatial skills) is being "strengthened" through her repetitive use of the puzzles. Incredible! Thank you Max!”
You can see and order these puzzles, special for Alzheimer's patients, at www.SpringbokCares.com
Max Wallack is a student at Boston University Academy. 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.