Sep 9, 2011

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is Sponsoring the National Brain Game Challenge

Merl Reagle, whose puzzles are syndicated in over 50 newspapers, has created a special series of challenging puzzles for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

By Max Wallack
Alzheimer's Reading Room

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) presents the inaugural National Brain Game Challenge, an exciting online game of skill created by renowned puzzle master Merl Reagle. Designed for novices, puzzle buffs and anyone else up for a challenge, the contest sends the message—in a fun way—that it’s never too early or too late to embrace brain health.

Anyone who wishes to participate can sign up at There is a $25 registration fee which will give you online access to the puzzles beginning at 3 p.m. ET on September 25. On September 28, the Alzheimer’s Foundation will announce the winners. There will be a $5000 grand prize, as well as other prizes.

According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation,

"The educational and fundraising event is aimed at boosting awareness of lifestyle choices that promote brain health; alerting the public about AFA as a resource for support services and information about memory concerns, successful aging and caregiving; and raising funds for AFA’s programs and services nationwide.

It stems from research that suggests that regular mental workouts may help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease—an incurable brain disorder that is increasing in incidence nationwide and primarily affects the older population."

I recognize the value of this kind of mental activity, not only to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease, but also as a valuable therapeutic treatment for those with the disease. That’s why PuzzlesToRemember exists.

You have to be 18 years old to sign up, so, unfortunately, I won’t be competing.

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