Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Thank You CEACO Puzzle Corporation

 We are extremely grateful to the CEACO Puzzle Corporation for their generosity throughout the years! We are especially thrilled about their donation of 200 puzzles for our huge Martin Luther King Jr. PUZZLE DISTRIBUTION DAY!

“THERE ARE NO EXTRA PIECES IN THE UNIVERSE. EVERYONE IS HERE BECAUSE HE OR SHE HAS A PLACE TO FILL, AND EVERY PIECE MUST FIT ITSELF INTO THE BIG JIGSAW PUZZLE.”

 – DEEPAK CHOPRA

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Weekend


"Life's most persistent and urgent question is,'What are you doing for others'"?
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.





Every year we honor Dr. King's memory by doing good deeds on that weekend. We will have our PUZZLE AMBASSADORS bringing puzzles to facilities for people living with Alzheimer's disease, we will be solving puzzles with residents at facilities and spending time there.

We are planning to supply over 3000 puzzles to underserved and diverse communities who are in need of recreational activities to provide stimulation and hopefully slow the progression of the disease.


Here are some shocking statistics that we need to be aware of:

Age-specific prevalence of dementia has been found to be 14% to 100% higher in African- Americans. (While the rates vary among studies, three out of four report these higher prevalence rates.) The cumulative risk of dementia among first- degree relatives of African-Americans who have Alzheimer's disease is 43.7%.

Approximately 13% of Hispanics who are 65 or older have Alzheimer's or another dementia.
At some point my parents would like to have their garage again. But for now, it will be filled completely with jigsaw puzzles for people living with Alzheimer's disease, and our National and International Puzzle Time Program.





Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Messages/Notes

 Grandma had hip surgery in 2017, when she fell at her nursing home. When people break their hip and they do not have dementia it is very stressful. However, when someone has Alzheimer's disease, and a broken hip it is very very difficult.

Grandma was in pain and did not understand why her hip hurt her. She was very scared in the ambulance and we needed to have a 1-to-1 aide with grandma all of the time so she does not fall out of her hospital bed while trying to "escape".

Even though I was only 10 at the time, I instinctively knew that writing notes and placing them all over grandma's room would be very help and reduce the confusion.

I remember the morning after her surgery. She did not know why she was in a hospital and wanted to go "home" immediately.

The staff (nurses, doctors, PT, OT, aides) kept reminding grandma about the surgery to "orient her". I told them to write a note and place it on the wall near her bed. 

It was very very helpful!  In addition to having Alzheimer's disease, grandma was very hard of hearing (and did not want to wear a hearing aid). Pointing to the sign reassured her about her purpose at the hospital. I guess the part of the brain, Wernicke's area, (I am learning about it in AP Psychology) that comprehends written language, is preserved for a while (until it disappears), for people with Alzheimer's disease.

Grandma calmed down and relaxed when she understood "why" she was in the hospital. The staff appreciated my suggestion and they said they will use it with other dementia patients. This was NYU Langone Hospital in NYC. It is a fantastic hospital!


Friday, October 7, 2022

Thank You So Much Frances Valentine!

 We are so very grateful to Frances Valentine for their EXTREMELY generous donation of 1000 jigsaw puzzles to our organization!


The puzzle on the left is called Bird Is The Word, and the one on the right is Into The Flowers

Both puzzles are very colorful, cheerful and have lovely themes. They will be donated to facilities with independent seniors who are often isolated and need challenging puzzle activities to possibly prevent Alzheimer's in the first place!

In addition, we are going to use the puzzles for a PUZZLE -A-THON to raise money for the CURE ALZHEIMER'S FUND.

We cannot thank Frances Valentine enough for their kindness and generosity on behalf of the Alzheimer's community!

FRANCES VALENTINE is an extraordinary posh and gorgeous boutique on Madison Avenue in NYC.

Here is their website click here

They sell super fashionable clothes and accessories! 

Friday, August 26, 2022

Special Memory From Woman's Day Magazine in 2018

 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.