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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.

To see a short video about Hailey's Puzzle Time Program, click here.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

ONE HOUR for PUZZLE TIME

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Would you like to start PUZZLE TIME in your area? We are always looking to expand! Please spend ONE HOUR to enrich the lives of people living with Alzheimer's disease! Here are the 3 EASY steps: 1) Email us at kidcaregivers@gmail.com or fill out a form online. We will find a facility for you! 2) Gather 4-5 friends/scouts/family members 3) We will ship a box of special Alzheimer's puzzles for PUZZLE TIME with the residents! Community service hours are awarded and the Alzheimer's community benefits greatly!

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Monday, May 16, 2022

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Riley's Way Foundation This week’s Kind Leader Spotlight shines on Hailey Richman! Taking her own family’s experience with Alzheimer’s and turning it into an opportunity to support others in similar circumstances, Hailey started Kid Caregivers, an organization that supports and empowers children who are acting as caregivers. She partners with Puzzles To Remember, an organization that provides puzzles to facilitate care for people with Alzheimer's disease. “I want all kids to know that, don't think just because you're a kid that you can't make a difference” We celebrate her for empowering kids and adults alike to act with compassion and creating a #kindertomorrow! Check out the Kid Caregivers website to learn more: http://www.kidcaregivers.com/ Click here to read about my project and the other 2022 Call For Kindness Fellows!

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

Alzheimer's Speaks Radio Show

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I will be a guest on Lori Le Bey's Alzheimer's Speaks Radio show on Monday, June 7th at 2:00 PM. I am so honored and excited to be on her show! Please tune in if you have a chance!

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PUZZLE MANIA

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Who wants to wear a crown for being a puzzle champion? "PUZZLE MANIA" is a jigsaw puzzle competition to raise funds for PuzzlesToRemember and KidCaregivers The jigsaw puzzle competition will have teams of up to 4 persons each. Teams will sit with the same 500-piece puzzle and compete to finish the puzzle first. The winning team will be honored with a trophy. Second and third place teams will be acknowledged and rewarded as well. Teams could be solo, two people or four people. The fee to participate will be $25 per person or $100 per team. Organizations and businesses are welcome to sponsor teams if they wish. This event is fun and light hearted. It will be family-friendly, and children ages 10 are older will be welcomed as team members. The Event will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. We are looking for 25 people to act as table hosts and recruit their own four-person teams from friends, neighbors or family members! Ticket prices will be tax-deductible. *If you would like to participate but do not have time to recruit your own team or seek one out, let us know and we will do our best to find a table for you. Date is TBD. It will take place in June or September at Plainview Old Bethpage High School. If you would like to host a PUZZLE MANIA event in your neighborhood, please email us. We can help you! It is lots of fun!

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Roger That Podcast May 20th, 2022

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I will be on the ROGER THAT Podcast on May 20th, 2022. It is a weekly Podcast which focuses on the caregiver. Please tune in if you get a chance!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Thank you Matthew Hernandez!

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Matthew was one of our first volunteers to happily deliver a lot of puzzles to an underserved facility! We are now working very hard to organize PUZZLE TIME so the volunteers can solve puzzles with the Alzheimer's residents!

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Saturday, May 7, 2022

Riley's Way 2022 Call To Kindness Fellow

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Our Sister Organization, KID CAREGIVERS received the Riley's Way 2022 Call To Kindness Fellow Award. Thank you very much Riley's Way Foundation! We are very excited and grateful. The grant money will continue to benefit Alzheimer's communities and the families that love them. We hope to expand PUZZLE TIME to reach even more persons living with Alzheimer's disease. Click here for the link:

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Shout Out To Our Special Long Island Ambassador Jake Guttman!

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We mentioned Jake before...He is the amazing Ambassador who spearheaded the extremely generous puzzle donation from BETHPAGE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION. He did something even more extraordinary. He purchased specialized Springbok Alzheimer's puzzles with his OWN allowance money to be distributed for Global Youth Service Day. You read correctly folks, his own money. He could have used his money to buy cool things like XBOX games or sneakers, etc. Instead, he chose to help diverse people living with Alzheimer's disease. We cannot thank you enough, Jake! We are so lucky and grateful to have you!

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Thank You To Our New Massachusetts Ambassador Vianna Romiero!

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Vianna collected almost 100 puzzles for Global Youth Service Day. She is now busy recruiting multiple students for PUZZLE TIME. She is looking for volunteers in Easton and Deeham, MA but is also able to assist in different locations. Please reach out to us at Kidcaregivers@gmail.com or fill out our form on our sister organization's website (www.kidcaregivers.com)

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Global Youth Service Day Weekend Was a Success!

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Starting Friday, April 29th until May 1st we had student volunteers and Girl Scouts distributing over 1000 jigsaw puzzles to memory care facilities and nursing homes. The residents ant the Alzheimer's facilities were overjoyed! In addition, the student volunteers will be participating in PUZZLE TIME an intiative that is a branch from our sister nonprofit KID CAREGIVERS! This would not have been possible without the benefit of HERSHEY CORP for their HEARTWARMING HERO Grant, Youth Service America, Springbok Puzzles, CEACO Puzzles, THREDUP, NERVOUS SYSTEM puzzles, Relish puzzles which shipped from the UK! THANK YOU so much from the bottom of our hearts!

We had volunteers from multiple states and Canada taking part in the event. We also had volunteers from other nonprofits such as Mulitplying Good's Students In Action Konnekt Global Support helping us! Here are some pictures!

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

Thank You So Much ThredUp!

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Thank you so much thredUP for shipping us a HUGE box of beautiful puzzles for Puzzle distribution! (Love Van Gogh's Starry Night). They will be distributed to persons living with Alz for Global Youth Service Day! We gladly accept puzzle donations from companies! All donations receive a tax deduction letter, and the puzzles bring joy to the Alzheimer's communities! #kidcaregivers #GYSD22 #thredup #hersheyheartwarmingproject #hillshirefarm #multiplyinggood

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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Global Youth Service Day (April 29th - May 1st)

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My Kid Caregivers organization has collected over 2000 jigsaw puzzles for PUZZLE TIME! We have student volunteers, Scouts and Puzzle Ambassadors delivering the puzzles and staying for PUZZLE TIME with the residents. This is the second year that I am a recipient of the HERSHEY heartwarming Hero Grant! I am honored!

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Sunday, April 17, 2022

PUZZLE TIME Ambassadors

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Here is a video showing Kid Caregivers PUZZLE TIME Ambassadors engaging with Alzheimer's patients. Click below!

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Short Video Clip About Puzzle Time

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A lot of new volunteers for my Puzzle Time program view this video which shows them how the program works! I am very excited that we are expanding greatly, especially the Bronx! Please reach out to us at Kidcaregivers@gmail.com to volunteer. Or visit me at www.kidcaregivers.com and fill out a form!

Click below for the link to view it! https://youtu.be/hPLojn8hV0g

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Sunday, March 27, 2022

Podcast Interview on Answers For Elders

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Hi Everyone! Please listen to my podcast interview on Answers for Elders! I discuss my role as Executive Director for Puzzles To Remember and my role as Founder and Executive Director of Kid Caregivers (www.kidcaregivers.com) We talk about my roles, what I am presenting doing and what I hope to accomplish! Here is the link:

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Friday, March 25, 2022

Why Did Grandma Leave Her Underwear In the Refrigerator by Dr. Max Wallack (My Mentor!)

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I am extremely lucky to have a mentor named Dr. Max Wallack! His great grandma Gertrude and my grandma Ruth both had Alzheimer's disease. Both of us are only children, and we were both CAREGIVERS. That was our bond. Dr. Max graduated from Harvard Medical School, and is now in his medical residency. He wants to be a neuroradiologist. A neuroradiologist studies x-rays, CT scans, MRIs PET scans, etc to see how the brain is doing. They can see early stages of Alzheimer's disease and other issues in the brain, their work is very very important!

Alzheimer's disease you better watch out! Dr. Max Wallack is on the case! Dr. Max wrote the book "Why Did Grandma Leave Her Underwear in the Refrigerator?" to help kids learn about Alzheimer's disease. He based the book on me and my grandmother!
Here is a video of me reading the book when I was 7 years old! Click the link to order it!

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Thursday, March 24, 2022

PUZZLE TIME

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A lot of people have asked me how I came up with the name "PUZZLE TIME" for my national and global intergenerational program. Even though I have almost 2000 volunteers I also visit facilities and participate in Puzzle Time because I really do find it rewarding to help others! There is a facility in NYC which houses people who have cerebral palsy (CP) and are deaf. In the olden days people with CP did not live long enough to develop Alzheimer's disease. But due to better medical care they are living longer, and developing dementia. I made friends with a resident named "Bill". He is always excited to see me and my volunteers and Girl Scouts! He used to yell, "its PUZZLE TIME!" when we arrived. I loved the simple name which describes what we are doing; which is solving jigsaw puzzles with Alzheimer's patients for an hour. I am THRILLED to return to the facility on April 2nd! Stay tuned for puzzles! I have a lot of fun ideas!

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Monday, March 21, 2022

RodgerThatShow podcast on May 20th at 3 PM

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I am so excited and honored to be an invited guest on the RodgerThatShow. I will be discussing my role as Executive Director for PuzzlesToRemember, my other organization, KidCaregivers (a support platform for caregiving youth) and my national and global PUZZLETIME PROGRAM! Here is a link to the show:

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Friday, March 18, 2022

Girl Scout Earns Bronze Medal From Volunteering for Kid Caregivers

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Our Executive Director, Hailey Richman, is also the Founder and Director of Kid Caregivers, a 501c3 nonprofit organization with two missions: to provide intergenerational PUZZLE TIME programs pairing students and seniors for an hour of jigsaw puzzle solving, and support to youth members who are caregivers. Callie distributed 156 care packages with jigsaw puzzles to residents in a nursing home! The next step will be PUZZLE TIME with the Girl Scouts and dementia patients. Thank you Callie!

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Jigsaw Puzzle Solving Helps Metacognitive Development in Kids, so BOTH Alzheimer's patients and kids BENEFIT

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Puzzle Time, is a project that I started through my KIDCAREGIVERS organiztion (www.kidcaregivers.com) - it is an intergenerational program of pairing youth members and dementia patients for an hour of jigsaw puzzle solving and it is GROWING! The research shows that when Alzheimer's patients solve puzzles it stimulates their visual cortex (occipital lobe) which improves memory, reduces agitation, improves mood and slows the progression of Alzheimer's disease. But guess what? The science shows that KIDS benefit greatly from solving jigsaw puzzles. So in the long run, PUZZLE TIME is helpful to everyone. It is a WIN-WIN situation. For the science kids out there like me, here is a current article, click here

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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Global. Youth Service Day April 29-May 1

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Good News! Our Executive Director has been selected as a YSA Hershey Heartwarming Hero! For Global Youth Service Day weekend, Hailey and volunteers are going to distribute THOUSANDS of jigsaw puzzles throughout the United States. They are especially placing puzzles in diverse marginalized communities that are underserved! Please reach out to her at Kidcaregivers@gmail.com if you are in need of puzzles and for volunteering opportunities! All student volunteers receive community service credit and chances to win national awards! Thank you to all of our volunteers and Girl Scouts who have spent hours collecting puzzles! Thank you to our Bar/Bat Mitzvah kids who have collected puzzles. Thank you to the generous puzzle companies who have donated puzzles to Kid Caregivers! Thank you to THRED UP consignment company for donating over 12,000 puzzles! Thank you to BETHPAGE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION and Jake Guttman (Long Island Ambassador) Stay Tuned for more updates as we get closer to the date. #bethpagefederalcreditunion #springbok #thredup #kidcaregivers #puzzlestoremember

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Monday, March 7, 2022

Join our Zoom Support Group!

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Excited to share my KID CAREGIVERS Zoom support group! There are 1.8 million kids who are acting as caregivers! I was one of them. It is important for kids to know that they are not alone! Let's support each other. Join me and a licensed guidance counselor as we share ways to cope.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Support Zoom Session March 7th at 4 PM

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I am very motivated and excited to have our Caregiving Teen/Tween Support Meeting on March 7th at 4:00 PM. It will be a very a very laid back and friendly group. We can all get to know each other, share a bit about ourselves, and offer one another support! Parents are welcome of course! The purpose is to show other kids that we not alone! There are actually 1.8 million of us caregiving kids/tweens/teens out there! We will also have a licensed guidance counselor overseeing everything and offering support! I will be posting a Zoom code shortly!

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Friday, February 25, 2022

Pennsylvania Ambassadors Deliver 1000 jigsaw puzzles to Diverse Communities for Black History Month

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There are several communities in Pennsylvania that have diverse communities in need of resources. I managed to contact multiple companies and the Thred Up consignment company to gather 1000 puzzles. I then shipped them to PA so our Ambassadors Brayson and his brother could donate the puzzles to Alzheimer's facilities! Black History Month is celebrated in February but it is valued all year! African Americans are diagnosed twice as often as Whites yet do not have as many resources. We want to close the GAP! We are then organizing students to solve those puzzles with the Alzheimer's patients for our national and international PUZZLE TIME PROGRAM!

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Why Did Grandma Leave Her Underwear In The Refrigerator?

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Why Did Grandma Leave Her Underwear In The Refrigerator by Dr. Max Wallack is one of the best books about Alzheimer's disease! It is an easy to understand explanation about the disease. It was based on my experiences with my grandma and his great grandma. Even though it is a difficult topic the book it is a very relatable story and offers hope! Having a New England Patriot read the book and having the New England Patriot Foundation honor it is incredible! If you would like to purchase the book (a portion of the proceeds are donated to the Cure Alzheimer's Fund) click here

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Thursday, February 17, 2022

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Kids!

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Calling on all Bar/Bat Mitzvah kids! Looking to help Alzheimer's patients with a fun and joyful mitzvah? Collect jigsaw puzzles for Alzheimer's patients! Attach our flyer to the collection bin at the service! You can also ask guests to donate jigsaw puzzles in lieu of gifts! Reach out to us at Puzzles2remember@gmail.com for more information!

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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