During the process of putting together this documentary, we have had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people who are doing so much to help the growing community of people affected by Alzheimer’s. Among them is Max Wallack who founded Puzzles to Remember which provides puzzles to nursing homes, Veterans Administration facilities (VA), and other facilities that care for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Max recently sent us an update which we wanted to be sure to share with all of you: “By now, I’ve collected over 3800 puzzles, and distributed them to every state plus 2 Canadian provinces. I’ve sent puzzles to about 170 facilities. Over 60 of those are facilities that care for veterans with Alzheimer’s disease. Two puzzle manufacturers have made substantial puzzle contributions including 400 puzzles from Ceaco and close to 300 puzzles from SunsOut.
The most encouraging news is that Springbok Puzzles has agreed to produce puzzles made specifically to meet the needs of Alzheimer’s patients. I will be consulting with them about puzzle piece counts and sizes, as well as puzzle themes. This will be an important advance to filling a very large gap that will really be helpful to Alzheimer’s patients. Research continues to show that creative activities such as art, music, and working on puzzles may represent the very best means of communicating with Alzheimer’s patients.”
We urge you to check out Puzzles to Remember and wish Max the best of luck!