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Monday, March 1, 2010

My Buddy Max Wallack, Puzzles to Remember


Max learned that puzzles and similar artistic activities can slow down the progression of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Research indicates that activities like doing puzzles can be as effective as medication in helping this patient population......
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room
It might sound unusual for an old dude like me to be calling a thirteen year old my buddy but that is the way it is.


Max Wallack is an unusual young man. Smart enough that he skipped a couple of grades. He is already in the tenth grade. Smart enough that he will be taking courses at Boston University next year.

Max has several inventions under his belt. He is an award winning inventor.


Max is also an observer. Back in 2008, Max noticed that when patients in Alzheimer's care facilities were engaged in activities that allowed them to use their brains, they had a very different look on their face. They had a brighter look on their face, seemed happier, and calmer. He describes this as "more there".

After a while a bright idea jumped into Max's head, its called Puzzles to Remember.org. Max decided he would convince puzzles manufacturers to give him puzzles, and then he would deliver those puzzles to Alzheimer's care facilities. After a while he started shipping puzzles all over the country.
To date, Puzzles To Remember has distributed 6175 puzzles, to 567 Alzheimer’s caregiving facilities, in all 50 states throughout the United States and into Canada.
Recently, I introduced Max to Carole Larkin of ThirdAge Services in Dallas, Texas. Carole sent Max some money (donations), and Max shipped big boxes of puzzles to Carole. Carole started handing out puzzles with a flyer Max created, and soon people in Alzheimer's care facilities started sending Max checks. He sent puzzles.

Max did some research before he started PTR:

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.
Other people are starting to understand that art improves the life of persons suffering from Alzheimer's. Max understood this from his observations. I call this Bunk House Logic. Max is a real cowboy. When Max goes into his bunk house look out world.

Maybe you would like to get involved -- Do Something. It is pretty simple and straight forward. You, your organization, or someone you know that is involved with Alzheimer's sends Max 25 bucks. He sends a big box of puzzles to whoever you designate. If you don't designate an Alzheimer's care facility not to worry, Max has a long list of Veteran's Administration care facilities that are waiting for puzzles.

You don't have to limit your donation to 25 bucks. You can send more or get involved. Max needs all the help he can get. Max needs people to raise funds, and some people to spread the word about his offering. Maybe your kids want to get involved with Max.

Max has another need. He needs to find a manufacturer that will make 6 to 60 piece puzzles at a good price. If you can help or advise on this issue, please contact me.

You can learn more about Puzzles to Remember by visiting the website. You can also contact Max via that website.

Consider this, you take some action and you help change the world not only for a growing number of patients suffering from Alzheimer's; but also, for the families of those patients. At the minimum you will help these families learn there is "more there". Or maybe you'll bring some joy and happiness into their lives.

Joy and Happiness, join in.



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Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an X Wall Street executive turned full time Alzheimer's caregiver. The blog contains more than 2,310 articles with more than 285,100 links on the Internet. Bob resides in Delray Beach, FL.

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