Such a special memory! Grandma and I were in the September 2018 issue of Woman's Day magazine. I was overjoyed about getting our story published. It could not have happened without my dear friend Lynda Everman's help! I was happy to share with other families that kids who are caregivers are not alone! There are actually 1.8 million young people who are caring for a family member with Alzheimer's disease.
Friday, August 26, 2022
Sunday, August 21, 2022
Planning any international trips? Would you like to help people living with Alzheimer's disease in underserved countries?
We are always looking to expand PUZZLE TIME internationally! Please message me here or at firstname.lastname@example.org to become an international Ambassador!
Kevin went on a trip to Brazil and implemented Puzzle Time there. Here are his words:
To view all of his incredible service work in Brazil click the link.Here is a link to the Google Drive
Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Here are some pictures of what my life was like while caring for my dear grandma
My dry erase board came in handy. I learned that grandma could not always express what she wanted, so I wrote questions and she was able to either answer me or point or give a thumbs up or down.
Love was ALWAYS behind the caregiving.
Friday, August 5, 2022
Did you know that by 2030, nearly 40% of all Americans living with Alzheimer's will be Black or Latino. Latinos are 1.5 times as likely as non-Hispanic Whites to develop Alzheimer's disease?
Dr. Jane Delgado, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health discusses current health models and risk factors and solutions.
Click here to listen to the podcast
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
It warms our hearts to hear from different facilities after they receive a puzzle donation!
Greenfield Care Center of Fairfield
1260 Travis Blvd., Fairfield, CA 94533
June 21, 2022
Puzzles To Remember.org
I would like to personally thank your organization through Ms. Trametria Chandler, an employee of VA at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, CA. She shared through me a lot of their excess/extra puzzles to our skilled nursing facility where some of our residents have Alzheimer's Disease.
Thank you again and more power to your organization.
Generoso G. Padre
Monday, June 20, 2022
I am often asked how PUZZLE TIME came to be. When I was a young girl I would visit my grandma at her memory care facility and bring puzzles to solve with her. Solving jigsaw puzzles stimulates the visual cortex (occipital lobe) which may slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease, improves mood, reduces agitation. It also gives the person a rare sense of accomplishment!
I would solve puzzles not only with my grandma, but with other residents at the facility. I then brought my bestie, Katie, to the facility and she would solve puzzles with the residents too.
That was when I learned that the intergenerational activity of solving jigsaw puzzles together, is a wonderful idea and could benefit many people! Both the kids and the seniors living with dementia!
Now our organization has 2000 student volunteers and Girl Scouts and is located in all 50 states and 16 countries and counting! You are never too little to make a difference!
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
When weather is nice, we encourage our volunteers to have PUZZLE TIME outdoors! The air is fresh and the sun is shining. We have "enhanced" puzzle-solving because we can talk about the nature scenes on the puzzle and actually see them. One of my favorite puzzles has an image of colorful birds. How nice is it to see the birds "in real life" in addition to the puzzle.
This weekend, I am having an outdoor PUZZLE TIME for people living with dementia and training session for volunteers!
Stay tuned for photos and updates!
Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Monday, June 6, 2022
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
I am very excited to be a guest on Alzheimer's Speaks Radio! Please tune in on June 7th at 2 PM if you get a chance!
Thursday, May 26, 2022
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
SAGE is Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders.
Elderly people face the risk of social isolation. Unfortunately, LGBTQ + older adults face it even more! They are twice as likely to be single, and 3 to 4 times less likely to have children. They often do not have families who care for them. They are lonely, and if they are living with Alzheimer's disease, it is very scary to not have family caring for you.
We want to reach communities with LGBT older adults living with Alzheimer's disease.
Currently we plan to donate therapeutic Alzheimer's puzzles to SAGE Centers in NYC.
We need volunteers to deliver puzzles and participate in PUZZLE TIME for the following communities:
Edie Windsor SAGE Center
305 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10001
SAGE Center Harlem
220 West 143rd Street
New York, NY 10030
SAGE Center Bronx at Crotona Pride House
1784 Prospect Ave
Bronx, NY 10457
We are coordinating the logistics of PUZZLE TIME, and volunteers would need to show proof of vaccination and boosters, and wear masks at all times.
To deliver puzzles only masks are required.
We are delivering 400 puzzles to underserved SAGE communities on JUNE 4TH. Come join us!
Students will earn community service hours and we will have a few fun goodies in store!
Please email us at Kidcaregivers@gmail.com to volunteer!
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
I have gone in the past to Washington DC to speak to my representatives about the bipartisan bill that would provide the tools to accurately detect Alzheimer's in its earliest stages, accelerate progress towards prevention strategies, early diagnosis, disease-modifying treatments, and hopefully a cure!
Congress needs to hear from ALL of us.
PLEASE send your message to your Senator and Representative and let us continue to push for the passage of this critical bill.
Please click the link to email your representatives. I suggest that you write about your story to make it more personal. But you do not have to do that. There is a template to use.
Thursday, May 19, 2022
So grateful to Sandra an extraordinary Girl Scout troop leader (Troop 1995 - Commack, NY) for all of her hard work helping to coordinate a huge PUZZLE TIME event! Now that the summer is approaching we will have LOTS of outdoor PUZZLE TIME! (It helps with COVID-1i safety precautions and it is fun). Who does not like to solve puzzles outdoors in the fresh air? Stay tuned for. updates! ￼#rileyswayfoundation #multiplyinggood #kidcaregivers #springbok #ceacopuzzles #puzzlestoremember #ENDALZ #puzzlestime #girlscoutsofamerica
Monday, May 16, 2022
Taking her own family’s experience with Alzheimer’s and turning it into an opportunity to support others in similar circumstances, Hailey started Kid Caregivers, an organization that supports and empowers children who are acting as caregivers. She partners with Puzzles To Remember, an organization that provides puzzles to facilitate care for people with Alzheimer's disease.
“I want all kids to know that, don't think just because you're a kid that you can't make a difference”
We celebrate her for empowering kids and adults alike to act with compassion and creating a #kindertomorrow!
Check out the Kid Caregivers website to learn more:
CLICK HERE FOR THE 2022 CALL FOR KINDNESS FELLOWS (including me :-) )
Sunday, May 15, 2022
Ms Le Bey has been recognized as the #1 online influencer for Alzheimer's!
I will be a guest on Lori Le Bey's Alzheimer's Speaks Radio show on Monday, June 7th at 2 PM. I am so honored and excited to be on her show! Please tune in if you have a chance!