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, February 26, 2015

Meryl Comer’s Book Signing at the New York Public Library


By Max Wallack
Puzzles to Remember

Last night, I finally had the honor to meet Meryl Comer, someone I have looked up to for some time. Ms. Comer invited me to participate in an event at the New York Public Library, where she gave a presentation about Alzheimer’s Disease, her efforts, and her book, Slow Dancing With a Stranger.

Meryl Comer, President of the Geoffrey Beene Alzheimer’s Initiative, is an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist and a leading Alzheimer’s advocate.  She is also a caregiver for over 20 years to her husband, a physician with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease
Ms Comer’s book is unique in its unflinching honesty.  She doesn’t hesitate to talk about the pain of watching a loved one sink into the depths of this disease.  She doesn’t gloss over the indignities that late-stage Alzheimer’s brings.  Her book is very important for the millions of caregivers who share similar experiences and yet think they are alone.  All profits from her book are donated for Alzheimer’s research.

Ms. Comer asked me to speak briefly to the younger members of the audience, sharing some of my own story as a young caregiver and my research interests.

I also had the opportunity to meet Amber Roniger, Dr. Sam Gandy, from Mt. Sinai Hospital, Dr. Richard S. Isaacson, from Weill Cornell Medical Center, and Max Lugavere, filmmaker.

It was a very worthwhile trip.

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