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, January 2, 2012

1,000 Alzheimer’s Facilities Have Received Puzzles


By Max Wallack
Puzzles to Remember

Today, to celebrate the New Year, I delivered puzzles to my 999th and 1000th facility. The facility with the 1000th designation happened to be a Kindred Healthcare facility in Saugus, Massachusetts. That seemed fitting because my great grandmother spent the last weeks of her life being well-treated in a Kindred facility. Here are photos of my two deliveries.

I am also very happy to announce that Springbok’s newest PuzzlesToRemember will be available very soon. The new puzzles will include a country mill scene, a colorful fish scene, and a steam railway train. I think these images will be very memory provoking for Alzheimer’s patients, and the puzzles will be a great, activity for Alzheimer’s patients to share with their caregivers.

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.


Ryan Squire-Kindred Healthcare said...

Max, thanks for the donation and your story... we shared it on Facebook, too... https://www.facebook.com/KindredHealth/posts/318306758203394

Heather said...

Max, Thank you for your wonderful idea, making these puzzles. My Mom loves puzzles, and as she has been declining in health with alzheimer's
disease, I have has a hard time finding simple puzzles with pictures that are appropriate for her age! Good Work!

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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