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.



  • Kohl's Corporation: Kohls Kids Who Care
  • Prudential Corporation: Spirit of Community award
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop: Huggable Heroes of 2009
  • McLean Hospital, Annual Report 2008: Page images 16-17 online, or p. 24-26 of print version.   Click here to view
  • Chronicle on WCVB-TV: Click here to view
  • Town of Natick Commendation, April, 2009
  • Do Something, Inc.: Grant award, 2009
  • Presidential Volunteer Service Award for Community Service - Gold Level, 2009
  • Inventor Digest Youth Hall of Fame Inductee, 2009, for "Helping People Through Innovation"
  • Best Buy @15 Community Services Scholarship, 2010
  • Young Philanthropist Award, 2010, from Women in Development of Greater Boston
  • Educational Research Center of America, Community Service Award, 2010
  • J.C. Penney Care-Share-Win Community Service Award, 2010
  • Editor of Science and Games, www.AlzheimersReadingRoom.com, 2010-
  • Giraffe Hero Award, 2010
  • Subway High School Hero, 1st place in Massachusetts, 2010
  • Teen Ink! "Get Involved" Community Service Contest Winner, 2010
  • Hasbro Community Action Hero Award, 2011
  • Pottery Barn "Amazing Teen" award, 2011
  • Nestle's Very Best in Youth Award, 2011
  • Presidential Volunteer Service Award, Gold Level, 2011
  • I-Team member, By Kids For Kids Innovation Group, 2011-
  • Daughters of the American Revolution, Community Service Award, 2011
  • Member, American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, 2012-
  • Burger King Scholars Award, 2012
  • AXA Achievement Scholarship, 2012
  • Lowe's Scholarship, 2012
  • Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, 2012
  • Kids Who Give, 3rd place national prize, 2013
  • President's Call to Service, Lifetime Award, 2013
  • Citizen's TruFit Good Citizenship Award, Grand Prize Winner, 2013
  • ABC Summer of Service Award, 2013
  • Diller Teen Tikkum Olam Award, 2013
  • Jefferson Award for Public Service, 2013
  • Fisher Thermo Scientific Pierce Award, 2014
  • Myra Kraft Community MVP Award, 2014
  • Tylenol Future Care Award, 2015
  • Mary Desha Founders Medal, Daughters of the American Revolution, 2016

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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