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.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Puzzles for Alzheimer’s Patients and Book for Libraries


By Max Wallack
Puzzles to Remember

PuzzlesToRemember has now distributed over 32,000 puzzles to over 2430 nursing facilities. This includes facilities in every state, six Canadian provinces, plus Aruba, Australia, Colombia, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Mexico, Poland, Singapore, and South Africa. There are currently 12 different images available, and new images are being planned for this summer, including my favorite:

Here is a photo of the participants in the Cognitive Therapy Workshop for Seniors in the Gerontoclub at Centro Cultural Club, Lumen A.C., Mexico, as they busily work on one of the Springbok PuzzlesToRemember.

Here is a photo of the same individuals, smiling with a sense of peaceful accomplishment after completing the puzzle:

The book,“Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear in the Refrigerator? An Explanation of Alzheimer’s Disease for Children,” is now available in English, German, French, Spanish, Polish, Italian, Norwegian, and Chinese.  Japanese, Hebrew, Welsh, Arabic, and Sinhala, are all being developed.

I believe it is important for children to understand Alzheimer's disease so they can still interact lovingly with family members who have this disease. Having grown up as a caregiver to my great grandmother who had Alzheimer's disease, my hope was to provide some helpful coping mechanisms to the many children dealing with Alzheimer's disease among their family members.

If you are associated with a library or a veteran's facility and would like to have a copy of this book to help the children in your area, please contact us at PuzzlesToRemember@gmail.com, and we will do our best to provide you with a free copy.

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.


Unknown said...

Wow, 32,000. You're doing great things!

Cindy said...

I have ordered 3 puzzles for my mom who has Vascular Dementia. She has enjoyed each one. Thank you!

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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