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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 is now a medical school student.

Since 2011, Puzzles To Remember’s Associate Director, Hailey Richman, now age 10, has been helping distribute puzzles to nursing facilities around the globe. Hailey also spends time doing the puzzles with nursing home residents. She always brightens their days.

If you have puzzles that you would like to donate, please contact us at PuzzlesToRemember@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.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Two Reviews of “Why did Grandma Put Her Underwear In the Refrigerator? A Book Explaining Alzheimer’s Disease to Children”

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By Max Wallack
Puzzles to Remember


by Cheryl L. Wolf:
"I was very impressed with your book"Why did Grandma Put Her Underwear In The Refrigerator? The story about Julie was very sweet and easy for children to follow.The book shows the different stages such as wandering, fears from every day things, and incontinence. I thought the description about the pitcher and the catcher was a really good example of how "grandma" couldn't receive messages like other people. I also thought it was very realistic for Julie's mother to explained that Alzheimer's Disease is NOT contagious. I am sure many children would be concerned about it . I know I probably would have been concerned as well when I was seven years old.

I would highly recommend this book for any child who has a family member with Alzheimer's Disease. I would think Neurologists and Child Psychologists would agree with me about the importance of this book. I also think that Memory Care Units, Adult Day Cares, and schools should carry a copy of this book to share with families. Any child dealing with Alzheimer's Disease like Julie would benefit from reading this explanation of A.D. Again I just want to reiterate how I think this was a fantastic book for children who have a relative with this horrible disease.This book explains in simple terms and yet does not talk down to children."

by Barry G. Wolf:
"Allow me to congratulate you for an exceptional book, providing Alzheimer's disease from a child's perspective. I believe that your book will prove to be a valuable guide for families to explain the dynamics of Alzheimer's disease. Let me add that your personal commitment to solving this ever-growing health crisis is highly commendable and we look forward to watching your professional credentials and accomplishments escalate over time. You are a wonderful person with an extremely bright future. Best wishes to you and your future goals and dreams."
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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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Friday, July 19, 2013

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

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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 PuzzlesToRemember@gmail.com