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John Crocker missing since Wednesday
The Massachusetts State Police and Rockport police are asking for the public’s help in finding John Crocker, 83, of Rockport.
Crocker was last seen in Rockport on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Police said he suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and walks with a cane.
Crocker is blind in one eye and has limited vision in the other eye. He also has hearing loss but he does not always wear his hearing aids, police said.
Crocker was last seen wearing blue jeans, a brown sweater and a yellowish jacket. He has a thick gray and white beard and is believed to have left on foot. He likes to visit the Beech Grove Cemetery and Kelly’s Pit in Rockport.
Anyone who sees, might have seen, or has information on Crocker’s whereabouts is urged to contact Rockport police at 978-546-1212 or 911.
Man with Alzheimer’s disease wasn’t aware wife died
JOHNSTON, R.I. — Rhode Island authorities say a 71-year-old man with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia had lived with his dead wife’s body for at least two days before officials entered the home this week.
Police in Johnston say the man’s 67-year-old wife died a few days ago and he wasn’t aware that she had passed. Authorities say there were no signs of foul play.
Authorities say the man called the Fire Department on Wednesday and officials found the woman’s body and a dead dog. The home was condemned because of what authorities called deplorable living conditions.
The man was taken to a hospital for an evaluation and officials were trying to contact his family. The medical examiner’s office is investigating how the woman died.
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.
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