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.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Alzheimer's Patients Have Received Over 50,000 Puzzles


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

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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