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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.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

How to Solve a Puzzle With a Dementia Patient

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by Hailey Richman
PuzzlesToRemember
KidCaregivers

 Hi Everyone! I would like to share my way of solving a puzzle with a dementia patient. There are many ways to solve puzzles. I am sharing a way that works well for us. If you have a special way of solving puzzles with your loved one, please share it! It would be nice to hear about different methods of puzzle-solving!

1. Select a puzzle with the correct amount of puzzle pieces for the loved one. I chose a puzzle with 36 pieces. Grandma has moderate dementia. Therefore, she cannot concentrate on puzzles with many pieces. If your loved one has milder dementia he/she can solve puzzles with 100 pieces. And if your loved one is severely impaired than he/she can solve 12 piece puzzles. Show the loved one the cover of the box. Have a conversation about the picture. See if it brings back memories. This puzzle pictured has a lighthouse.

Grandma and her friend "Phil" really liked the image. I asked them what they think of when they see the picture. Phil said it looks like Maine. Grandma said it reminded her of Newfoundland, Canada.

2. Prop the cover of the box up, so the puzzle-solvers can view the image to help guide them with puzzle-solving.
3. Find the 4 corners for the puzzle.
4. Find all the flat edged pieces for the frame of the puzzle. Put them in the middle.
5. Solve the frame of the puzzle.
6. If the loved one needs assistance (grandma needs a little help) hand them a puzzle piece. Give a hint about where it may belong in the puzzle. I pointed to the image and "hinted" where the piece should go. Grandma placed it correctly after I helped her. She felt great!
7. If the loved one has very mild dementia (like Phil) they can find the place for the puzzle piece without help. You can see if the person needs help or can work alone.
8. If possible, have the person work with someone. Phil and grandma enjoyed socializing while solving the puzzle. It helped "break the ice".
9. Celebrate the completion of the puzzle. In addition to stimulating the brain, improving thinking and mood, it creates a social activity for the loved one. The social factor is very important for people with Alzheimer's disease :-)
(We used Springbok Puzzles - https://www.springbok-puzzles.com/)

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Ceaco Donates Large Number of Puzzles For Dementia Patients and Caregivers

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By Max Wallack
Puzzles to Remember

Ceaco  has donated a very large number of puzzles to PuzzlesToRemember.

These puzzles, all 42 piece wooden puzzles, will be distributed for dementia patients and their caregivers.  Memory cafes in Massachusetts are being contacted to see if they wish to receive these puzzles for their participants.






Here are the images on a few of the puzzles:



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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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Books Provided to Edison Home Health, an Organization Working with Dementia Patients and Their Caregivers in New York State

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By Max Wallack  
Puzzles to Remember

Puzzles To Remember Has Donated Copies of a Book Written to Explain Alzheimer’s Disease to Children to Edison Home Health Care.

The book, “Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear in the Refrigerator, An Explanation of Alzheimer’s Disease for Children” was written by Max Wallack and Carolyn Given.

Edison Home Health Care is a fully insured, full-service, home care services agency, licensed with the New York City Department of Health. Edison is Joint Commission-accredited —widely recognized as the highest standard in healthcare accreditation. Edison is committed to providing quality care to the elderly and disabled all across New York State — from New York City, Long Island, Westchester, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Albany.

With over 40% of its patients living with some form of Dementia, Edison Home Health Care proudly instructs its caregivers with special Alzheimer’s training with Teepa Snow’s positive approach to Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Edison stands side by side in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

Below are the links to 3 services provided by Edison Home Health:

Home Health Care - https://edisonhhc.com/
Free Medicaid Enrolment - http://www.hpsny.org/
Consumer Directed Personal Assistant Program (CDPAP) - http://cdpapny.org/

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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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

70,000 Puzzles Distributed to Nursing Facilities, Alzheimer's units, and Assisted Care Facilities

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By Max Wallack  
Puzzles to Remember

PuzzlesToRemember has now distributed over 70,000 puzzles.  

Many young people have helped in this distribution.  Most extraordinary, though, has been Hailey Richman's donation of time and efforts to help find the right homes for donated puzzles.

These puzzles have gone to Alzheimer's Units, Assisted Living Facilities, Nursing Homes, Memory Cafes, and other similar organizations.  

Many seniors will be able to spend their time engaged in helpful, calming activities. 


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, January 1, 2017

Delivering Puzzles Over School Break

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By Max Wallack
Puzzles to Remember

A Big Thank You to Ethan and Lily of Sudbury MA for spending so much of their winter school vacation delivering puzzles to over a dozen nursing facilities.

Over 500 seniors will have access to puzzles to keep them happily occupied during snowy days.





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 PuzzlesToRemember@gmail.com