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.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Wonderful Feedback about PuzzlesToRemember


By Max Wallack
Puzzles to Remember

Today, I received an email from The Asbury Methodist Village Wilson Health Care Center (WHCC), where Nelda Drinkwater was a patient up until her death last week. I’m very happy that PuzzlesToRemember was able to give her even a few minutes of pleasure near the end of her life. Mrs. Drinkwater’s beautiful smile attests to what a wonderful person she must have been. Her daughter sent this message about how her mom felt about the puzzle.

“Mama greatly enjoyed working the box of chocolates puzzle, not only because of its heartwarming history but also because of its appealing subject matter, the high quality of the picture, and the large size of the puzzle pieces, which were easy to see and handle. It was just challenging enough to be stimulating as well as satisfying, and she hopes that other WHCC residents will enjoy piecing it together as much as she did.”
Sincerely, Nelda and Kathy (Nelda’s daughter)

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.

1 Comment:

Anonymous said...

what a wonderful tribute to Max' grandmother! Not only was it a special thing to do for her, but the puzzles have been enjoyed by so many nursing home patients. My aunt Nelda loved putting them together. I wish everyone could have known her. She was a very unique person who enriched every life she ever touched. Max could probably say the same about his grandmother.

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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