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Minnesota Moment: Maple Grove man puzzling his way to better health

Updated: September 11, 2019 10:26 PM

Bit-by-bit, piece-by-piece. That's how one man is puzzling his way to better health.

David Birch, 86, of Maple Grove, is in the middle of a puzzle. That may not sound remarkable, but consider that it's an 8,000-piece puzzle of the Sistine Chapel.

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Birch was diagnosed with Alzheimer's more than 15 years ago and picked up puzzling as a hobby after his diagnosis. Since then, he's pieced together hundreds of puzzles.

He said all the searching and calculation helps keep his mind going, and believes the hobby has erased his Alzheimer's symptoms.

Birch said he spends about four hours on the puzzle each day, seven days a week. He's been working on the Sistine Chapel puzzle since March and hopes to be finished by next March.

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