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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 Assistant Director, Hailey Richman, age 8, has been distributing puzzles to nursing facilities in the New York area. Hailey 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.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

A Quiet Moment of Enjoyment in the Nursing Home

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By Max Wallack  
Puzzles to Remember

Today I received a wonderful message from my friend Helen McVicker. Helen is the President and CFO of When HELP Can't Wait. This organization gives some important necessities to veterans and elderly residents of nursing facilities. These residents are often too poor to even provide themselves with toothbrushes or night clothing.

A while back, PuzzlesToRemember sent some of the Springbok PuzzlesToRemember to Helen's organization. Today I received this photo:

Accompanying this photo was this message from the director of the nursing home where this resident lives:

 "One of my residents using one of the Alzheimer's puzzles you gave us. I saw her independently working the puzzle and thought it was the perfect opportunity to grab a picture and share so you guy's know the work you do make a huge difference. She got the puzzle on her own and started working with the pieces and was really enjoying herself. Its rare to get pics like that."

I thank Helen and When HELP Can't Wait for sending me this very gratifying photo.

Max Wallack graduated from Boston University and worked as a Research Intern in the Molecular Psychiatry and Aging Laboratory in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at Boston University School of Medicine.  He is currently a student Harvard Medical School.  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