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.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ceaco Puzzles Donates 240 Puzzles to PuzzlesToRemember


By Max Wallack
Puzzles to Remember

Ceaco Puzzles of Newton MA has donated 240 beautiful puzzles to PuzzlesToRemember.  These puzzles vary from 1000 piece puzzles with great images of pets and gardens to many of the 300 large sized piece puzzles, shown below, by Thomas Kinkade and Jane Wooster Scott. 

These puzzles will be distributed to nursing facilities, with the higher count piece puzzles going to assisted living facilities, and the lower count puzzles going to units caring for individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment.  This donation will make puzzles available to upwards of 500 senior citizens.

This is not the first time that Ceaco has donated puzzles.  They have been donating their overstock yearly to PuzzlesToRemember since 2009. Thank you, Ceaco, you are providing many wonderful hours and a great cognitive activity for many, many people.

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. Max also coauthored "Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear in the Refrigerator?  An Explanation of Alzheimer's Disease for Children."


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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