Jul 8, 2013

Upper Valley Memory Cafe

I am making an effort to supply puzzles to as many Memory Cafes as possible.

By Max Wallack
+Alzheimer's Reading Room

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About a year ago, I became aware of a wonderful Memory Café that meets monthly. The Upper Valley Memory Café in Lebanon, New Hampshire has a wonderful program for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers.

Students from Dartmouth are integrally involved in this program, and I think this intergenerational project is extremely beneficial to all.

Here is a link to their online blog,  Memory Memos, which includes some very interesting topics. There are also some wonderful photos of people interacting and sharing food, music, and puzzles.

Dr. Robert B. Santulli, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, is involved in all aspects of this program.

He has also written a book, The Alzheimer's Family: Helping Caregivers Cope, to help caregivers.

I am making an effort to supply puzzles to as many Memory Cafes as possible.

Here are some photos of the participants at the Upper Valley Memory Café, enjoying the Springbok PuzzlesToRemember:

Max Wallack is a student at Boston University and a Research Intern in the Molecular Psychiatry and Aging Laboratory in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at Boston University School of Medicine.  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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