And the winners are…….. Cyndy and Becky.  Congratulations!! Please send me an email and include your full name and mailing address.  anapoletan(at)gmail(dot)com

Max contacted me and generously donated a copy of the book (in addition to the book I had planned to give away), thus two winners were randomly chosen.






Why_Did_Grandma_PutAs World Alzheimer’s Month draws to a close, I thought it would be fun to do a book giveaway.

Many of you know I’m a huge fan of 17-year-old Max Wallack, an incredibly gifted third year neuroscience major at Boston University. Max is a tireless advocate and researcher in the Molecular Psychiatry and Aging Laboratory at BU’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center and was recently published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Winner of too many awards and honors to list, he founded Puzzles to Remember at age  12. Together with the Springbok, Max created a unique line of puzzles specifically for  Alzheimer’s patients – fewer large, easy to handle pieces and with pleasing visual designs rather than childlike images. To date, PTR has distributed over 25,000 puzzles free of charge.

caregiver-booksMost recently, this passionate future geriatric psychiatrist authored a children’s book with Carolyn Given. In Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear in the Refrigerator, Max draws on his own experience as a young caregiver to his great grams. The beautifully illustrated book explains Alzheimer’s through the eyes of a child – to children who are facing the frightening disease firsthand. One of the things that struck me when I read the book is that he covered so much material – while the book is intended for kids, I believe we can all garner something from it.

If you would like a chance to win this wonderful book, simply leave a comment on this post.

I’ll choose a (random) winner at 11pm (eastern) on Sunday, September 29th. If you don’t have a young person who would enjoy the book in your life, think about donating it to a local nursing home, Alzheimer’s facility, or library.