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, January 22, 2011

Alzheimer’s Patient Helped by Springbok’s PuzzlesToRemember


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.

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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