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.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Alzheimer’s Program in San Diego


By Max Wallack
Puzzles to Remember
The University City Older Adult Center, in San Diego, offers a great day program for older adults. These adults have the opportunity to meet new friends and enjoy good conversations in a friendly environment.

Here are some of the benefits of this program:

Professional, caring staff 
Social, educational, and recreational programs 
Nutritionally-balanced kosher lunch 
Excellent exercise classes 
Sing-a-longs, dances, and live entertainment 
Four hours of meaningful and enriching activities for older adults 
Appropriate for older adults with early stages of dementia and Alzheimer's 

This program operates, at a reasonable fee, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 am to 2 pm.

PuzzlesToRemember recently supplied two of the Springbok PuzzlesToRemember to this program.

Here is the reaction from their activity director:

"The puzzles are terrific, the size, colors, and themes are extraordinary."

Of course, a picture is worth a thousand words, so here is a picture of a gentleman whose reaction says it all:


Max Wallack is a student at Boston University and a Research Intern in the Molecular Psychiatry in 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.

1 Comment:

Jack Rosenberg said...

This is great! Active senior citizens may be limited in some way, but still be bright and happy to join into a fun, physically active, or educational activity or hobby. Stimulating the mind and body has been proven to slow the aging process, which leads to better living.


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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