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, July 30, 2012

Puzzles Helping Alzheimer’s Patients


By Max Wallack Puzzles to Remember

It’s been a great week for PuzzlesToRemember.  This past week, I was instrumental in placing puzzles in over 40 nursing facilities.  I was able to provide puzzles to 20 specialized Alzheimer’s Disease units, with the help of Springbok Puzzles, who provided their Springbok PuzzlesToRemember for these facilities.  These are great 36 large-sized piece puzzles, with bright colors and memory provoking themes.  They can be viewed here.

I provided an additional 13 facilities with puzzles that I personally collected from bins I have placed in various locations in Massachusetts.
Approximately 10 facilities were supplied with puzzles as a result of people around the country, who contacted me at PuzzlesToRemember@gmail.com.  I was able to locate a facility in their area to which they could bring their puzzles.  The facilities were very grateful, and I was able to provide a tax donation letter to the owners of the donated puzzles.

I was very pleased to receive this letter of appreciation from The Springs at Missoula in Missoula, Montana:

“Max - Thank you for your generous gift of puzzles.  The residents in our memory care will thoroughly enjoy them!  You are doing an amazing and very thoughtful thing, in honor of your great grandmother!  What a commitment, but rewarding project, knowing you are making a difference in so many lives!  Thank you, again, for your gift of puzzles!”

Thank you for your wonderful note!  You encourage me to keep providing puzzles to help those afflicted with this disease, while also pursuing my research in the hopes of attacking this disease from many fronts. 
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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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