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 15, 2015

Maryland Sorority Provides Services for Seniors with Dementia.


By Max Wallack
Puzzles to Remember

A few months ago, I was contacted by Vivian Hughes the community service coordinator with Pi Omicron Zeta Carroll County Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority , Inc. They are the Graduate chapter located in Carroll County Maryland.  One of the sorority’s national initiatives is elder care.  

This chapter was in the process of organizing a community service event to be held  at West End Adult Day Care in Westminter, MD.  This center provides services for seniors with dementia.   Ms Hughes asked if my organization, PuzzlesToRemember, could send her some puzzles for the clients of the center, so  puzzles were sent for their event.   

We just received the following response:

“The puzzles you sent me were presented along with donated items from AARP, local business and national elder care organization to the center. We enjoyed being able to interact with the clients of the center.  I just wanted to let you know that we did complete our initial project,that we had intended to do back in February during our state conference and will continue to partner with West End Place in the future.” 

Here are a few photos from the event:

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