By Max Wallack
Puzzles to Remember
Our 9 year old Assistant Director, Hailey Richman, has been named one of 10 Hasbro Community Action Heroes.
She also encourages other young people to participate, involving entire girl scout troops to interact with senior citizens.
Also, Hailey founded Kid Caregivers, a support group for kids who are assisting their families in caring for a loved one with dementia. Hailey advises kids as far away as Russia, Germany and Africa about how to interact with family members who have dementia. She maintains a website, www.kidcaregivers.com, where kids can write to her asking for advice on how to handle the caregiving situations they are in.
Hailey has begun giving presentations at schools, explaining Alzheimer's disease to children. She is always amazed how many kids come up to her afterwards, describing their caregiving roles at home and asking for advice.
Hailey has appeared on 2 radio shows: Lori La Bay’s show: Alzheimer’s Speaks, and Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network. She discussed the impact of children helping to care for a loved one with Alzheimer’ disease.
What does Hailey do in her spare time? She is a member of a children's choir in New York and she collects new pajamas to provide to children in shelters.
Hailey will be honored at a national toy fair this winter. I am very glad she is receiving this well-deserved and prestigious award!