When I was four years old, my grandmother got diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
It was a little scary for me at first cuz I noticed that she couldn’t remember who I am. She would call me my mom’s name, but I learned that doing activities that stimulated her brain would really help her.
Puzzle Time started with just me and my grandma, but now has grown to helping people across the country.
My organization pairs students with seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease for an hour of intergenerational puzzle-solving, and it really makes a difference, not only mentally, but also emotionally.
It sparks joy and I wanna give back to other people who might not have a family and I want them to feel the same love today, puzzle time has grown to 50 states and over 16 countries.
We have collected over 68,000 puzzles and helped over 100,000 people of Alzheimer’s disease.
I’m so happy to see that it’s benefited people across the world and just made a difference in their lives.