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 17, 2014

Upper Valley Memory Cafe


By Max Wallack
Puzzles to Remember

One Saturday per month, the Upper Valley Memory Cafe meets in Lebanon NH.
Their goals are:
Encourage peer interaction among persons with dementia and their caregivers

Offer a positive and enjoyable group socialization experience

Convey information about Alzheimer's disease and related disorders

Provide an opportunity to interact with Cafe staff and our student volunteer in an informal and relaxed atmosphere

This week the participants worked on PuzzlesToRemember, jigsaw puzzles with large, brightly colored pieces, created specifically for dementia patients.

Two of the participants, Willy and Alana have worked on Springok PuzzlesToRemember previously, and the Memory Cafe had sent their photos, which were placed on the Springbok PTR boxes.  Willy and Alana were the stars!  Their photos were on the boxes!  They autographed the boxes for other participants.  Here is a picture of Willy and Alana:

To view other participants enjoying themselves at the Upper Valley Memory Cafe, click here.

Memory Cafes are very beneficial to both patients and care partners!

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