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.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Smiles For Alzheimer's Patients


By Max Wallack
Puzzles to Remember

About a year ago, I was contacted by Gabe and Daniela Badescu, a couple that was caring for four Alzheimer’s patients in their facility in Temecula CA, called Temecu Hills Assisted Living.

They had been searching for beneficial activities for their patients, especially ones that might bring a sense of accomplishment. They asked if I knew of any puzzles that might meet this need.

In response, I sent 2 Springbok PuzzlesToRemember.

After using the puzzles, Gabe wrote:

"Hi Max - we received the puzzle you sent us - Thank you! I've attached a picture of one our residents enjoying the puzzle. It is very rewarding for our residents to be able to participate in an activity where they can achieve rather than fail. It leads to satisfaction rather than frustration". 

From my several correspondences with the Badescus, I knew that they were providing the kind of care that every Alzheimer’s patient should have! 

The Badescus have since founded another Alzheimer’s facility nearby, Vintage Hills Assisted Living. Their new website is www.seniornest.com, and their facebook page is www.facebook.com/comforteldercare.

Several new Springbok PuzzlesToRemember are on the way to their new facility, where the puzzles are being used for the most lofty purpose: they make Alzheimer’s patients smile.

Max Wallack is a student at Boston University and a Research Intern in the Molecular Psychiatry and Aging Laboratory in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at
Boston University School of Medicine.  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