By Max Wallack
Puzzles to RememberOne 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.