Friday, April 12, 2024

Diana Legacy Award

 It was such an honor to receive the Diana Legacy Award! I had to fortune to meet His Royal Highness, Prince William, and Prince Harry via Zoom. It warms my heart that the plight of Alzheimer's disease and the toll it takes on young people is receiving worldwide recognition.

Diana Legacy Award

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Health Disparities And Alzheimer's Disease

 When I was 10 years old I attended the National Alzheimer's Summit in Washington, DC. I was an invited speaker addressing the burden of young carers for family members with Alzheimer's disease. I wanted to readdress some startling facts about the DISPARITIES in the Alzheimer's communities:

  • African Americans are not asked to participate in clinical trials as much as as other racial groups, even though they have higher levels of diagnoses.
  • African Americans do not have the same access to Alzheimer's medications
  • 13% of Hispanics are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease
  • The majority of elderly members in LGBT communities do not have children and are lacking in family members. 
  • Landmark study indicate that lack of healthcare access, compound discrimination, and caregiving
  • 40% of caregivers in the latino communities are millennials. 

Thank you to our Massachusetts Puzzle Ambassador - LILY MINKOFF!

 Lily Minkoff, age 17, has been delivering puzzles on behalf of PuzzlesToRemember since she was 11 years old. She serves as our Massachusetts Ambassador. Lily is also an award-winning ice skater who also donates her time teaching ice skating to students with disabilities. She is also an accomplished saxophone player. Lily’s great grandmother had Alzheimer’s disease, so, at a young age, Lily became involved in distributing puzzles to help those with dementia. Lily recently received a large donation of puzzles from Ceaco Puzzles in Newton MA. She plans to deliver them to nursing facilities today and over the next few weeks in honor of Martin Luther King’s birthday. Thank you, Lily! You are making a big difference in the lives of many of our seniors!

Thank You Jake Guttman- Our Long Island Puzzle Ambassador!

Jake Guttman, age, 16, has been delivering puzzles on behalf of PuzzlesToRemember since he was 13. He serves as our Long Island Ambassador. Jake is involved in Alzheimer's awareness and advocacy on many fronts. He has presented PowerPoint presentations in his high school to explain the disease, and was invited to present on behalf of the National Science Honor Society (in which his has exceled from the start of High School!) He collects and distributes jigsaw puzzles to memory care facilities and has also fundraised for our organization requesting banks to sponsor our organization. In his spare time his enjoys coding and is a Hugh O'Brien Youth Leader! We are so grateful for all of your efforts Jake!

Monday, January 15, 2024

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 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 dise

Monday, January 8, 2024

Our Puzzle Ambassador For India

 We are so grateful to Krisha Kothari, our Puzzle Ambassador for India. She traveled to India from the United States and brought many many puzzles to underserved facilities serving people living with Alzheimer's disease. Thank you so much, Krisha!