Feb 5, 2012

An Unusual Request for Alzheimer’s Puzzles

By Max Wallack
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Last week, I received an unusual request for Alzheimer’s puzzles.

I was contacted by a man named Robert. Robert used to live in New York City, but he currently lives in Quindio, Columbia, South America, where he teaches English as a Second Language.

Robert also works together with a group of local psychologists who do a lot of work with Alzheimer’s patients. Together, they are working on a program to integrate English as a Second Language as a therapy for Alzheimer’s patients.

Robert says, “Second language study has been proven to offset some symptoms.”

Robert is also aware of a “cluster of patients that live in the remote area of Antioquia, . . . a mountainous region North of where I live. Some of those families are heading to the states to seek treatment for the malady. It has been in the families in this area for a number of generations already.”

Robert asked if I had any resources to send to these people in Colombia.

PuzzlesToRemember and Springbok will be sending puzzles to the Institucion El Paisa Gringo (translates as American Institution for Parents) in Colombia, South America. We hope the patients enjoy the puzzles, and we wish we could do more.

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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