Puzzles To Remember Reaches all 50 States and Canada
Posted Apr 05 2010 5:10pm
Puzzles To Remember Is Accomplishing Its Goal.....
By Max Wallack Alzheimer's Reading Room
I would like to share with the readers of the Alzheimer’s Reading Room my pride in some recent events.
As of this week, PuzzlesToRemember has shipped puzzles to all 50 states as well as to a few Canadian provinces. This includes over 160 facilities that care for Alzheimer’s patients. Over 60 of these facilities care for our veterans with Alzheimer’s disease.
Just this week, PuzzlesToRemember received four very encouraging letters of thanks.
From the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Kentucky:
“We appreciate you and your organization sending those puzzles to share with our veterans at Thomson-Hood Veterans Center. They enjoy doing different activities. It is groups like yours that continue to help us give your veterans a better quality of life as well as provide them with a variety of different activities to enjoy and help keep their minds busy and their memory active. It is our mission to provide a caring loving atmosphere for our veterans to live in. We greatly appreciate your help in doing this.”
From the W.F. Green Veterans Home in Alabama:
“On behalf of the Veterans at William F. Green State Veterans Home, we thank you for your generous donation of Puzzles for our Veterans. Our Veterans are enjoying these Puzzles very much!”
From the Bill Nichols State Veterans Home in Alabama:
“I would like to thank you for the generous donation of puzzles to the residents at Bill Nichols State Veterans Home. This donation could not have come at a better time and our veterans will benefit greatly. The residents are truly blessed and so very grateful. Thank you so much for thinking about us. Your compassion is notable and very special. Your gift of love and support is beneficial. I appreciate your kindness, generosity, and thoughtfulness. On behalf of the residents they would like to say 'Thank you'.”
From the Minnesota Veterans Home:
“On behalf of our residents, we wish to express our appreciation for the donation of puzzles to the Minnesota Veterans Home – Silver Bay. The residents have a variety of needs and your donation helps us meet those needs.”
When I read these letters, I know PuzzlesToRemember is accomplishing its goal!
Puzzles To Remember
PUZZLES TO REMEMBER is a 501(c)3 corporation that provides puzzles to nursing homes, Veterans Administration facilities (VA), and other facilities that care for patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
Contributions go 100% to buy, ship, and supply puzzles to facilities caring for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
All contributions are tax deductible under section 501c(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Puzzles To Remember has a single straightforward goal – to help people suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia live a better life.
To date, Puzzles To Remember has distributed 3475 puzzles, to 161 Alzheimer’s caregiving facilities, in all 50 states and several Canadian provinces.
How PUZZLES TO REMEMBER Came Into Being
As a young boy, Max Wallack acted as a caregiver for his great grandmother, who lived with his family and suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.
While caring for her he visited a series of caregiving facilities designed for persons suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Max made a simple observation – he noticed the calming affects that working on jigsaw puzzles had on this frequently agitated patient population. This led him to do research on the affects that puzzles have on people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Max learned that puzzles and similar artistic activities can slow down the progression of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Some research indicates that such activities can be as effective as medication in helping this patient population.
Max Wallack is a student at Boston University Academy. His great grandmother, Gertrude, suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Max is the founder of PUZZLES TO REMEMBER , a 501(c.)3 charitable organization. PUZZLES TO REMEMBER is a project that provides puzzles to nursing homes and other institutions that care for Alzheimer's and dementia patients.