By Max Wallack
Puzzles to Remember
I founded PuzzlesToRemember in 2007 to provide jigsaw puzzles to facilities caring for Alzheimer's and dementia patients. That first year, I was able to donate over 800 puzzles.
Since 2007, people have continued to generously donate their gently used puzzles so that they can be sent to dementia facilities where they provide some very needed quiet times of enjoyment.
Springbok Puzzles joined my project in 2008. We have worked together to produce the Springbok PuzzlesToRemember. These are 12 or 36 piece puzzles with very large piece size and brightly colored, memory provoking images. They are especially beneficial to those in middle to later stages of Alzheimer's disease. They can provide an important sense of accomplishment. Springbok has generously donated many of these puzzles to Alzheimer's facilities and Adult Day Care Centers.
As of this Thanksgiving weekend, PuzzlesToRemember has provided over 50,000 puzzles around the world. I am also proud to announce that I have a new Assistant Director at PuzzlesToRemember, Hailey Richman.
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 at 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