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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Springbok PuzzlesToRemember Help Alzheimer's Patients "Experience Satisfaction Rather Than Frustration"


"We received the puzzle - our residents love it - it is very rewarding for our residents to be able to participate in an activity where they can achieve rather than fail. It leads to satisfaction rather than frustration.”

By Max Wallack
Alzheimer's Reading Room

It has become common for me to receive emails about how helpful the Springbok PuzzlesToRemember are for Alzheimer’s patients. Sometimes, though, a particular email stands out, especially when it is accompanied by a picture that is worth a 1,000 words.



Below is an email message from Temeku Hills Assisted Living. Temeku Hills is a facility in California that takes care of four Alzheimer’s residents. It’s obvious from their email, that Gabe and Daniela truly care about their patients, and they are willing to put forth the extra effort to find “more there”.


“Hi Max - my wife and I take care of four Alzheimer's residents in our facility for the elderly in Temecula CA - Temeku Hills Assisted Living (www.temekuhillsassistedliving.com). I was recently looking on the web for puzzles simple enough that we could try with our residents (something in the range of 8-12 pieces) and I ran across your great website.

I was wondering if you happen to have any simple puzzles available or if you could recommend a manufacturer who makes such puzzles. We like to try all kind of activities that will help our residents stay active and slow the progression of the disease.”

Thanks,
Gabe and Daniela

In response, I sent them one of the PTR puzzles. I wanted to share with the readers of the Alzheimer’s Reading Room, the comments on their online site:

“We recently discovered a great site called Puzzles to Remember run by Max Wallack. We had been looking for quite a while for puzzles with larger pieces that our residents with Dementia and Alzheimer's could easily solve. While searching for such a puzzle we came across Max's website.

We contacted Max to ask for advice and he graciously offered to send us one of the puzzles he designed specially for Alzheimer's and Dementia patients together with Springbok. These puzzles come in 12 or 36 pieces and have calming and colorful themes. Because of the larger puzzle pieces they are much easier to solve for our residents.

Last week we received the puzzle - our residents love it - it is very rewarding for our residents to be able to participate in an activity where they can achieve rather than fail. It leads to satisfaction rather than frustration.”

I was extremely happy to read how helpful the puzzles are being! Then, I received still another email from Gabe and Daniela:

“Once again Thanks for the puzzle - we will be purchasing a few more from Springbok - we were thinking of framing some of them in the residents’ rooms once they complete them - it will give them something to remember and feel satisfaction about.”

Thank you, Gabe and Daniela, for really caring about your residents and trying to give them the highest quality of life possible!




Springbok Puzzles to Remember


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. PTR is a project that provides puzzles to nursing homes and veterans institutions that care for Alzheimer's and dementia patients.

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Original content Max Wallack, the Alzheimer's Reading Room