Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Life of a Kid Caregiver

 Here are some pictures of what my life was like while caring for my dear grandma

I often used a pulse oximeter to make sure grandma's oxygen levels were ok. I learned at an early age how to use one. 

I also took great joy cutting grandma's food for her. I remembered how she cut my food, and it was my time to do it for her.
Many times, grandma did not want to eat. But I was able to convince her and feed her. I was good at it.

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.

Kevin Aldridge our Maryland Ambassador is now our Ambassador to Brazil!

Kevin Aldridge has been our amazing Ambassador for Maryland for 3 years. Now he is expanding PUZZLE TIME to Brazil! We are thrilled. He is recruiting Brazilian Students who will be participating in PUZZLE TIME in underserved communities. Stay Tuned for pictures and updates. We are so excited!


Friday, August 5, 2022

PodCast about Latinos And Alzheimer's Disease

 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

A Letter Of Thanks

 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

Dear Sir/Madam:

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.

Sincerely yours,

Generoso G. Padre

Activity Director


Monday, June 20, 2022

Early Photos of How It All Began!

 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

OUTDOOR Puzzle Time!

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!