Natick, MA | 17
2013 Award Recipient
Max Wallack witnessed first-hand his great-grandmother’s decline as a result of Alzheimer’s. As Max strove to help make life easier for her, he discovered that puzzles had a therapeutic effect and contributed to her sense of accomplishment. After his grandmother’s death, Max launched PuzzlesToRemember to give other Alzheimer’s patients an opportunity to feel the same therapeutic relief his great-grandmother felt. To date, Max has raised significant funds and coordinated countless collection drives to support the distribution of more than 23,000 puzzles to 2,000 nursing facilities around the world. Through PuzzlesToRemember, Max has involved hundreds of students in community service and partnered with a major puzzle manufacturer to create specialized puzzles tailored to the needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s. A 17-year-old college junior studying neuroscience at Boston University, Max is actively researching Alzheimer’s and presenting his findings at conferences as well as working on a book that teaches children about Alzheimer’s.