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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 Associate Director, Hailey Richman, now age 10, has been helping distribute puzzles to nursing facilities around the globe. Hailey also 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.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Thank You to the Daughters of the American Revolution!

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By Max Wallack
Puzzles to Remember


Yesterday I received a National Founders Award, the Mary Desha Medal for Youth, from the Daughters of the American Revolution for "Exemplary Service to Community, State, or Nation."


I want to thank the Daughters of the American Revolution for bestowing this great honor upon me.  Even more than that, I want to thank the Daughters of the American Revolution for being there for me over the past 5 or 6 years.    

I first was first contacted, at about age 14, to receive a local community service award for my work on behalf of Alzheimer’s patients.  When I left that meeting, several members came over to me and told me that I am part of their family now and they will always be there to help me, and they have remained true to their words.  The Daughters of the American Revolution have collected and supplied puzzles to my organization, PuzzlesToRemember, on several occasions.  They have remained in contact, always offering their friendship and support.

I know am very fortunate to have the support of such wonderful people.


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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Alzheimer's Puzzles Continue to Receive Great Reviews

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By Max Wallack
Puzzles to Remember
 

Here is a short note we received earlier today:
Max,
Just to let you know the two puzzles you sent are being used at the Geriatric unit at Forest Grove Hospital here in Oregon.  The program director was extolling the virtues and how they were designed to work different parts of the brain.  She told me she is ordering more because these two have been so successful.
Jan 


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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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Tips For Puzzle-Solving With Dementia Patients

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Hailey Richman
Assistant Director
PuzzlesToRemember


Today, grandma and I solved puzzles with another resident. This senior, “Mr. Lee” does not have a family that visits him. I feel sad for him. He also does not speak English.  But I still was able to make him smile and feel good.

I wheeled grandma near Mr. Lee. I handed him a puzzle piece and pointed to the puzzle.  At first he was not sure what I wanted him to do. But after a while he participated!  Grandma, Mr. Lee and I enjoyed ourselves.  Even the nurses were smiling and watching us solve the puzzles.  Some seniors with dementia can solve puzzles by themselves. Grandma needs my help and Mr. Lee needed some assistance.

Tips For Puzzle-Solving With Dementia Patients

  1. Try to let the seniors do it themselves
  2. Ask the person, “Where do you think we should put the puzzle piece?
  3. Say, “Do you think we should put it here?
  4. Say what you are doing, “ I am putting the puzzle piece here…"
  5. If they are not able to do it, than point to where they should put the puzzle piece
  6. If they are unable to do it at all, solve the puzzle standing near them
  7. Smile!  
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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