“I’ve always believed if you have the ability to help others, you have the responsibility to do so.”
Max Wallack takes dementia to heart. He was just six years old
when his great-grandmother, Gertrude, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and came to live with his family. Now instead of her caring for him, young Max was in the role of caregiver for her—a lesson he never forgot.
During this time, he noticed something interesting about Gertrude and other persons with dementia: When they’d work on simple jigsaw puzzles, they seemed happier and less agitated
Max founded the nonprofit Puzzles To Remember
when he was just 12 years old. Creating sets with larger pieces, vivid imagery, and less pieces overall, the puzzles help bring more than a sense of fun: “There’s some research that says just doing cognitive activities and puzzles can provide them with a sense of accomplishment and achievement that they don’t usually get.”
Now a teenager, Max is doing research work on Alzheimer’s and intends to become a geriatric psychiatrist. Watch “Teen improving Alzheimer's patients' quality of life” below to learn more about Max’s mission.
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