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If you have puzzles that you would like to donate, please contact us at PuzzlesToRemember@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.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Alzheimer’s Puzzles Delivered in Reno and Sparks, Nevada

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By Max Wallack
Puzzles to Remember

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of presenting a keynote address at a conference in Reno, Nevada. There were over 600 people present.

My address focused on two areas. First, it was my goal to inspire many young people to become involved in philanthropy. I believe a person is never too young to be able to make a positive difference in the world. Second, I talked about my own activities, including my current research work with enzymes related to Alzheimer’s Disease.

Springbok Puzzles had donated over 50 Springbok PuzzlesToRemember for the purposes of displaying them at this conference. On Monday, before returning home to the East Coast, I visited 9 nursing facilities in the Reno and Sparks area, and I donated these puzzles to those facilities.

It was a privilege to be able to visit these facilities and meet some of the patients there. I saw the eyes of one patient light up when I gave her the Coral Carnival puzzle. She loved the picture on the box, and she pointed to the picture of the fish and said she had one like that!

In another facility, there was a group of residents working on puzzles when I arrived. The activity director said she had to help them because they really were not capable of doing such complicated puzzles. It seemed like I had arrived at exactly the right moment to be able to turn things around. Clearly, the residents became much more engaged when I gave them the 36 piece puzzles.

It was a wonderful visit to Reno for many reasons. On Sunday, I spoke to many people about how wonderful philanthropy can make a person feel. On Monday, delivering puzzles, I got to experience that feeling myself.





Max Wallack is a student at Boston University.  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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Anonymous said...

God Bless You~~~~~

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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 PuzzlesToRemember@gmail.com