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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 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.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

2021 Alzheimer's Association Report: Race, Ethnicity and Alzheimer's Disease

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The 2021 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report: Race, Ethnicity and Alzheimer's in America. The statistics are upsetting. There is a huge disparity and sometimes even discrimination and bias in the care of Alzheimer's patients. By 2050 there will likely be 12.7 million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease. There are 3 types of disparities: HEALTH -black,indigenous people of color (BIPOC)are MORE likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's and other dementia diseases; and they are less likely to be recruited and used for research and clinical trials, HEALTH CARE - is not adequate for BIPOC, and there is bias and sometimes discrimination. BIAS - language and cultural bias exists in the care of Alzheiemer's patients There are SOLUTIONS to the problems that exist. 1) Awareness amongst healthcare providers - they should evaluate and consider a diagnosis and treatment plan for minority groups. 2) Diversity in Alzheimer's care - institutions that house Alzheimer's patients should be diversified providing resources and tools for care for all. 3) Diversity of the participants in clinical and research trials. Here is the full report:https://www.alz.org/media/Documents/alzheimers-facts-and-figures.pdf

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Greg O'Brien Alzheimer's Hero

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I am honored to share an interview with my friend Greg O'Brien an Alzheimer's disease advocate and early diagnosed patient. I am inspired so much by him.

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Bat Mitzvah Project

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We would like to thank Mia and Brooke for their kindness. These hard working girls raised $728 for our organization as their BAT MITZVAH project! We are so grateful. So many patients living with Alzheimer's disease will benefit from their generous donation. We are so grateful to these amazing young ladies! Both girls will receive community service letters for their service work. In addition, All donations are tax deductible and tax letters are provided! Mazel Tov Brooke and Mia! (Please reach out to us if your kid would like to support us for your Bar/Bat Mitzvah 🙂 )

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Atria South Setauket Receives Our Puzzles

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Puzzles to Remember, we from Atria South Setauket would like to thank you for donating puzzles to our residents! What a beautiful kind thing your are doing for the seniors. Puzzles to remember is a organization where they provide puzzles to nursing homes, senior living communities. Again thank you for all you do Puzzles To Remember ❤️

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Global Youth Service Day Event

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On April 24-25 our organization participated in Global Youth Service Day. Our Director Hailey Richman received a grant from HERSHEY and YSA. Global Youth Service Day is a National and International event. We recruited over 150 middle and high school students along with Girl Scouts to deliver over 1000 puzzles to 118 nursing home and memory care facilities. We did it in ONE DAY! SO grateful to our amazing volunteers!

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Nassau County Executive Laura Curran Gives Our Director Hailey a Citation

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SPRINGBOK Alzheimer's Puzzles

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Springbok is the proud maker and manufacturer of specialized Alzheimer's puzzles PuzzlesToRemember puzzles! These 36 and 100 piece puzzles are designed to provide an enjoyable activity for persons with Alzheimer's disease. They include bright colors, beautiful themes and memorable subjects and the puzzle pieces are sized for easy handling and assembly. To top it off, $3 from every puzzle purchased is donated to Cure Alzheimer's Fund to support critical research for care and cure. If you would like to check out the puzzles here is the link

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Our Executive Director Hailey Richman is a Daily Point of Light

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Alzheimer's disease is a cruel one, that robs so much from so many...solving puzzles gives a sense of accomplishment! I am honored to be a Point of Light (April 2020)

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Daisy Girl Scouts Help Deliver Our Puzzles!

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We are so happy to have Daisy Girl Scout Troops delivering puzzles to memory care facilities!

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Global Youth Service Day

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Getting ready for a HUGE Puzzle Distribution Day in alignment with Global Youth Service Day Weekend April 24-25! I will have middle and high school students along with Girl Scout Troops bringing the much needed puzzles to memory care facilities and nursing homes! Stay tuned for updates!

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Partnership With Kiawanis

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We would like to thank the President of Franklin Square Kiwanis Club, Gregg Cajuste for coming to the rescue! When I needed space for a humungous shipment of 12,000 jigsaw puzzles from #Thredup, the Kiwanis Club was kind enough to help provide space! There were so many boxes, but they were happy to help. We are thrilled that Puzzles To Remember has now partnered with Kiwanis! We are planning lots of events with them in the future! We are so grateful and appreciative!

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Young Heroes Grantee

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Congratulations to our Executive Director, Hailey Richman for receiving the Hershey's Young Hero Grant. We are so thankful and grateful to the HERSHEY CORPORATION and YOUTH SERVICE AMERICA for this honor! We will have a MAJOR event on April 24-25 to distribute 1000 jigsaw puzzles with over 118 middle and high school volunteers and Girl Scouts delivering the puzzles to over 125 facilities! These activities will take place in ONE weekend! The puzzles will benefit hundreds of Alzheimer's patients living in memory care facilities and nursing homes!

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Brownie Scout Creates 144 Gift Packages With Puzzles From PuzzlesToRemember

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We are so thrilled that Callie was able to create 144 gift packages containing puzzles that we sent to her. Her troop wanted to help seniors living with Alzheimer's disease and reached out to us. So many residents at the Mountain View Nursing Home will benefit from them. Looking forward to more collaborations with Girl Scout and Boy Scout Troops! #InvisChangeMakers #GirlScouts #puzzlestoremember #cureAlzheimers

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Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear In The Refrigerator?

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The founder of our organization, Max Wallack wrote “Why Did Grandma Leave Her Underwear In The Refrigerator?” It is based on his life with his great grandma Gertrude and our Executive Director (Hailey Richman’s) grandmother. The book gives an easy to understand explanation about Alzheimer’s disease which kids can relate to. It’s a wonderful resource for parents and teachers. A portion of the proceeds from the book are donated to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund https://www.amazon.com/Why-Did-Grandma.../dp/1489501673

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Artis Senior Living of Davie Receives Huge Donation from PuzzlesToRemember!

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Thank you Puzzles To Remember for this generous donation to our residents! We can’t wait to get these puzzles started!#PositivePartnerships #TheArtisWay #inthistogether

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Alzheimer's Stamp

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From Lynda Everman & Kathy Siggins: It’s been a while since we’ve provided you with an update on the #AlzheimersStamp. As of the end of February, 8.7M stamps have been sold, raising $1.1M for life saving NIH funded dementia research 10 cents at a time! https://about.usps.com/.../cor.../activities/semipostals.htm Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations, and weddings (in addition to the increased isolation brought about by the pandemic) present us with many opportunities to send a card or note to loved ones. Please continue to show your support and encourage those in your network to do likewise by posting your cards with the Alzheimer’s stamp. While a number of post offices have them in stock, I’ve found it easy and convenient to order at the online postal store: https://store.usps.com/.../buy-stamps/alzheimers-S_564204 Our goal for the Alzheimer’s stamp is to sell in one year what we sold in two and raise another million dollars for the NIH by the end of this year, but we still have a long way to go to meet that goal. Using the Alzheimer’s stamp honors the memory of those whom we’ve lost and signals our support for those still facing the challenges of this most difficult disease. Anything you can do to encourage those in your network to purchase and use it will be deeply appreciated. Thank you. P.S. The image for this lovely Forget-Me-Not notecard was painted by the late Lester E. Potts, Jr. who learned to paint in the throes of dementia. Please visit https://www.lesterslegacy.com/about to learn more about Lester and his artwork.

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How To Help Our Organization :-)

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Would you like to support our organization? Do you know middle school and high school students that would like community service credit? Here is how to help! 1) Puzzle Drive: put a big box in the lobby of the school, library, bank etc with our flier attached to it. Attach a note to the box stating that the puzzles will be collected to go to nursing homes/assisted living facilities to benefit the Alzheimer's residents. 2) Do a GoFundMe to collect $$ to purchase puzzles to distribute to nursing homes. You can use our flier for the description. https://www.springbok-puzzles.com/alzheimer-s.../1849.htm 3) Ask friends and family on social media to donate their used puzzles to your home so Mia can bring them to facilities. Please let us know if you have any questions! Sincerely, Hailey Richman

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Long Island State Veterans Home Receives Huge Donation From PuzzlesToRemember

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January 26, 2021 Puzzles to Remember C/O The Singleton Family Dear Participants, On behalf of the residents and staff of the Long Island State Veterans Home, please accept our gratitude and thanks for your wonderful donation of puzzles. The puzzles with give joy and entertainment for the residents in the Reflections Unit. It is heartening for the residents who make this special facility their home to know that the community has not forgotten them. Once again, thank you for continuing to warm their hearts. Best Wishes, Samantha Calandrino Samantha Calandrino, LMSW Coordinator of Volunteer Services

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Alzheimer's Stamp Advocates - Lynda Everman and Kathy Siggins

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We are so thankful for our friends Lynda Everman and Kathy Siggins for their Semipostal Alzheimer's stamp. Please consider buying a sheet of stamps.A huge thank you to Alzheimer's Foundation of America for sharing news of the #AlzheimersStamp with the readership of the current issue of "Alzheimer's TODAY"!

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ARTIS Senior Living Receives a donation of 1000 Puzzles From Us

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Artis Senior Living of Woodbury Last week, Artis Senior Living received a donation of 1000 puzzles from Puzzles To Remember, an organization run by Hailey Richman, Age 13! PuzzlesToRemember provides puzzles to nursing homes, other facilities, and home care companies that care for Alzheimer's residents. Since 2008, over 100,000 puzzles have already been collected and distributed to over 5,100 facilities around the world. Thank you to PuzzlesToRemember for this generous donation! #PositivePartnerships #TheArtisWay

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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