By Max Wallack
Puzzles to Remember
I, personally, cannot thank Springbok Puzzles enough for stepping up to the challenge of creating puzzles made specifically to meet the needs of Alzheimer’s patients.
For several years, I had noticed the dearth of puzzles with low piece counts, large piece size, and colorful, serene, memory-provoking, and non-childish images. When I explained this situation to Springbok Puzzles, early in 2010, their President, Mr. Steve Pack, responded, “We can, and we will get this done.” No stranger to philanthropy, Mr. Pack remained true to his word.
For close to a year, I worked together with Springbok Puzzles. They took into account everything I told them about what kinds of puzzles would be most helpful to Alzheimer’s patients. They involved me in the choice of piece counts, piece sizes, and images. The resulting product has received glowing reviews from individual Alzheimer’s caregivers as well as larger Alzheimer’s caregiving facilities.
Springbok invested in new puzzles making equipment and dies to produce the puzzles, and they did it entirely at their own expense. They produced a quality product at a very reasonable price.
That would have been enough to help many people. However, now Springbok is going even further. Last week, Springbok donated and sent out Springbok’s PuzzlesToRemember to 50 Alzheimer’s care facilities. Among these 50 facilities, were 41 facilities that care for our veterans with Alzheimer’s disease.
Springbok produces beautiful puzzles and possesses an equally beautiful sense of altruism.
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.