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Wallack designed puzzles especially for Alzheimer’s patients
BOSTON —A local teenager is on a mission to find treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and to improve the quality of lives for those afflicted.
Max Wallack, 17, found one surprising way to help — puzzles.
At Compass on the Bay in South Boston, seniors with memory problems enjoy jigsaw puzzles.
But these aren’t just any puzzles. Wallack specifically designed them for people with Alzheimer’s disease. They have large pieces and are small in number.
“There was some research that said just doing cognitive activities and doing puzzles could provide them with a sense of accomplishment and achievement that they don’t usually get,” said Wallack.
Wallack’s passion comes from a personal place. His great grandmother had Alzheimer’s and was in and out of nursing homes the last year of her life.
“I saw her and other residents doing jigsaw puzzles, and they were calmer and less agitated,” said Wallack.
So when he was just 12, he founded Puzzles to Remember, and convinced a major puzzle-maker to manufacture them. Today, more than 24,000 puzzles have been distributed around the world.
“To see someone so young, and truly appreciate and understand that these are people who still have abilities, and that he tapped into those abilities and realized the need for having a sense of purpose in their day is quite remarkable,” said Tad Cleeland, of Senior Living Residences.
Wallack’s accomplishments don’t end there. He also wrote a children’s book about Alzheimer’s disease.
“It’s trying to teach children not be afraid of the person but still love them,” he said.
As for the future, Wallack, already a junior at Boston University, is doing research at the School of Medicine’s Psychiatry in Aging lab.
“Right now we are working on a hormone to both diagnose and treat Alzheimer’s. Anything I can do to help people from getting this disease, I want to do that,” said Wallack.
“Max Wallack is a unique, passionate, driven, brilliant kid who in his 17 years has already made unbelievable contributions to the lives of people with Alzheimer’s disease,” said Bob Stern, of Boston University’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center.
“I always believed if you have the ability to help others, you have the responsibility to do so,” said Wallack.
Drawing held Friday night
DES MOINES, Iowa —Superstition didn’t deter players hoping that Friday the 13th will bring them good luck in the Mega Millions game as heavy sales prompted lottery officials to boost the jackpot to $425 million.
The winning numbers were drawn Friday night.
The winning numbers were 19 24 26 27 70 and the Mega Ball was 12.
The estimated $425 million jackpot is the second-largest Mega Millions jackpot ever, trailing a $656 million jackpot won in March 2012, and it is the fifth largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history. The current jackpot has rolled over 20 times, and its winner could have a cash option of $228 million before taxes.
Mega Millions is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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When I responded to a Channel 5 Post regarding a local schools desire to change the current name of dodgeball to something different, I never realized how people would respond to my feelings. When you look up the instructions of how to play dodgeball (http://www.wikihow.com/Play-Dodgeball), you can clearly see that there is nothing fun or nice about this game unless you enjoy hurting others. Most any other game you can clearly understand why you would do what you do during the process of the game. This is certainly one game I would not miss if it was removed from the play list. If the game stays on then maybe the ball should be something softer and less harmful. Please know that I have no desire to limit my child’s ability or that of any other to defend or stand up for themselves, but these are not things any child should have to worry about during play!