Nation’s largest puzzle maker will donate percentage of sales from Puzzles to Remember product line to support Alzheimer’s research
WELLESLEY, Mass., July 27, 2017 – Cure Alzheimer’s Fund announced today that it has partnered with Kansas City-based puzzle manufacturer Springbok Puzzles. Springbok has created a line of jigsaw puzzles – Puzzles to Remember – specifically designed for patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Springbok will donate $3 of every puzzle sold on Springbok-Puzzles.com to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, a non-profit dedicated to funding the most promising research to prevent, slow or reverse Alzheimer’s disease. Springbok is the nation’s oldest manufacturer of jigsaw puzzles.
Springbok’s Puzzles to Remember are the same overall dimensions as the company’s 500-piece puzzles, but contain only 36 or 100 pieces. Much larger than even traditional children’s jigsaw pieces, they are easier for those debilitated with memory loss and reduced dexterity to manipulate. The company has designed nostalgic and cheerful themes that are chosen for their ability to provide gentle stimulation and positive reinforcement for older adults. Puzzles to Remember is one of Springbok’s fastest growing lines – the company realized a 38 percent increase in sales last year.
“We are grateful that the management of Springbok Puzzles has selected Cure Alzheimer’s Fund to benefit from their generosity,” said Tim Armour, president and CEO of Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. “These puzzles give Alzheimer’s patients a way to stay mentally engaged. The donations we receive will go a long way to finding a cure or effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.”
“We hear every day from families and friends how much our puzzles help a loved one struggling with Alzheimer’s disease,” said Steve Pack, president of Springbok Puzzles. “We are happy that, through Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, these puzzles can also help medical researchers understand the causes of Alzheimer’s disease.”
The Puzzles to Remember line was inspired by the work of Max Wallack, a family caregiver who saw firsthand the impact of Alzheimer’s on his great grandmother, and the calming effect of jigsaw puzzles. When Max was 12, he created “Puzzles to Remember,” a 501(c) 3 organization that collected and distributed puzzles to Alzheimer’s patients. Max is now a student at Harvard Medical School and continues his very strong interest in Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in the U.S., with care for it and other forms of dementia costing more than $250 billion this year. There are currently 5.5 million people in the U.S. with Alzheimer’s and 46 million worldwide, and this is expected to triple in the next 30 years.
Those interested in ordering the line can do so at Springbok Puzzles’ website: https://www.springbok-puzzles.com/alzheimers-puzzles-s/1849.htm
About Cure Alzheimer’s Fund
Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is a non-profit dedicated to funding the most promising research to prevent, slow or reverse Alzheimer’s disease. Since its founding in 2004, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has contributed over $50 million to research, and its funded initiatives have been responsible for several key breakthroughs – including the groundbreaking “Alzheimer’s in a Dish” study. Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has received a perfect score of 100 percent regarding its overall financial health from Charity Navigator and a four star rating from the organization for five consecutive years. With 100 percent of funds raised going directly to research, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has been able to support some of the best scientific minds in the field of Alzheimer’s research.
About Springbok Puzzles
Springbok has been a leading name in the puzzle world since 1963. From inception, Springbok puzzles have been known for high quality pieces that interlock and state-of-the-art lithography. As one of the few puzzle manufacturers that makes puzzles exclusively in the U.S.A., Springbok takes pride in the superior quality of their puzzles. The quality of their dies and above average thickness of their chipboards ensures the interlocking pieces will come together flawlessly multiple times.
As one of the only puzzle manufacturers to own patented puzzle dies, no two puzzles, or pieces, are alike. Producing only 25 new puzzles a year is one of the ways Springbok guarantees that their new puzzles do not fall short of the exacting Springbok standards. For more information and to browse Springbok’s many puzzles, please visit http://www.springbok-puzzles.com.