Max noticed that when she and other Alzheimer's patients worked with certain jigsaw puzzles, the activity produced a positive, calming response. Max contacted Springbok and two years later, Puzzles to Remember was born.
Kansas City, MO (Vocus) November 10, 2010
Approximately 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer's Disease, or roughly one in eight Americans above the age of 65 have Alzheimer's (2010 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures 10). In honor of National Alzheimer's Disease Month and National Caregiver's Month, Springbok Puzzles is proud to announce Puzzles to Remember at SpringbokCares.com, its first line of puzzles designed specifically for Alzheimer's patients.
“Puzzles to Remember was inspired by Max Wallack, then a nine-year old caregiver to his great grandmother,” said Steve Pack, Springbok president. “Max noticed that when she and other Alzheimer's patients worked with certain jigsaw puzzles, the activity produced a positive, calming response. Max contacted Springbok and two years later, Puzzles to Remember was born.”
According to Dr. Gary Small, director of Center for Aging, University of California, brain exercises can prevent Alzheimer's as well as slow it down. This is achieved by stimulating specific types of brain cells (dendrites) so they do not atrophy from a lack of use.
Current research confirms that brain strengtheners, like jigsaw puzzles, help prevent and slow Alzheimer’s disease. Jigsaw puzzles are especially unique because the activity can stimulate multiple areas of the brain at once, including shape recognition, problem solving, and pattern recognition.
Puzzles to Remember by Springbok, include 12 and 36 piece puzzles that are specifically designed for those who suffer from Alzheimer's disease. The large pieces are easier to manipulate than regular puzzle pieces, which make solving the puzzle easier. The images are based on Springbok’s popular line of regular puzzles.
During the month of November, National Alzheimer's Month, Springbok-puzzles.com will donate 50% of the proceeds from the sale of these puzzles to Alzheimer's research and patient support.
Springbok is located in Kansas City, Mo., and has been a leading name in the puzzle world since 1964. Because Allied Products has taken on the challenge of upholding this world famous name, we have focused on the qualities that give Springbok its reputation: originality, innovation and superior quality. Our current puzzle collection features more than 100 designs in a multitude of formats. As one of the few puzzle manufacturers that makes puzzles exclusively in the U.S.A., Springbok takes pride in the superior quality of its puzzles.