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.

Friday, July 19, 2013

New Book Explaining Alzheimer's Disease to Children is Reviewed by Dr. Robert Santulli, Geriatric Psychiatrist


By Max Wallack

Puzzles to Remember

The new book, Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear in the Refrigerator? A Book Explaining Alzheimer's Disease to Children, written by Max Wallack and Carolyn Given, has received an excellent review from Dr. Robert Santulli, Geriatric Psychiatrist at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

Dr. Santulli has appraised the book as, "A Terrific New Book For Children."

Here is the content of his review:

"Max Wallack, creator of "Puzzles to Remember", and Carolyn Given have written a new book for young children about Alzheimer's disease. It is clear, well written, with wonderful illustrations. It explains the symptoms of the disease in language that children can understand; shows both the love and occasional frustration and anger that a young child can feel towards a grandmother with the disease, and even talks about the importance of participating clinical trials. I would recommend it highly for any child who must face this disease in a grandparent or other relative. Fifty percent of the book's proceeds will support Alzheimer's research and the care of Alzheimer's patients."

We thank Dr. Santulli for taking his time to review this book, and we hope the book will help many families who are dealing with this disease. You can order the book here:

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