Alzheimer's Reading Room
A short time ago, I received an email from a wonderful woman named Rosanna. Rosanna had read about PuzzlesToRemember on the Alzheimer’s Reading Room.
Rosanna was a caregiver to her husband who had Alzheimer’s. She had cared for him from 2001 until his death in 2007. In an effort to stay near to her husband and yet exercise her own mind, Rosanna worked on jigsaw puzzles every evening. In Rosanna’s words,
“It was my way of relaxing and being in the same room as him.”In fact, Rosanna still continues to work on puzzles.
In her email to me, Rosanna explained that she had over 100 puzzles that she would love to donate for the use of Alzheimer’s patients, but she had no means of delivering those puzzles to an appropriate Alzheimer's care facility. Rosanna lives in the Miami, Florida area. I told Rosanna that I would try to see if I could arrange to have someone pick up the puzzles and deliver them to a place(s) where they could be put to great use.
I emailed a friend of mine in New Jersey, Naomi Eisenberger, founder of the Good People Fund, and explained the opportunity and situation. Ms. Eisenberger has helped me many times in the past, including providing advice about incorporating and about attaining federal 501c3 status. It didn’t take long for Ms. Eisenberger to come up with a great solution. Ms. Eisenberger contacted a friend of hers in Miami, Diane Schilit. Ms. Schilit and her family are great believers in community service. Ms. Schilit picked up the puzzles from Rosanna and delivered them to a representative of the Miami Jewish Health Systems.
The Miami Jewish Health Systems provides Alzheimer’s care. They have residential care, and they also have an Alzheimer’s Day Care Center. In addition, they have “Bella’s Club” and “Lester’s Club” where early stage Alzheimer’s patients meet twice weekly for conversations and activities. The Miami Jewish Health Systems is even involved in research on medications for Alzheimer’s disease.
Because they have so many different levels of Alzheimer’s care and activities, the Miami Jewish Health Systems was very pleased to receive Rosanna’s puzzles. They are able to put them to use at several facilities representing a wide range of patient abilities.
So Rosanna’s generous puzzle donation will go on to help many, many people suffering from Alzheimer's disease in the Miami area. Amazingly, Rosanna is thankful to ME, when she is the one who has given a gift that will help so many people with Alzheimer’s.
Thanks also to Diane Schilit and Naomi Eisenberger. Your help was invaluable in helping to achieve this good deed.
Max Wallack is a student at Boston University Academy. His great grandmother, Gertrude Finkelstein, 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.
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