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About the Author

Nancy Linde created and runs Never2Old4Games.com, an online subscription service for activities professionals working with senior citizens. She has produced, written, and directed more than a dozen documentary films, including the PBS series NOVA. She lives in Belmont, Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; First Edition edition (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761168257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761168256
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Julie328 on October 2, 2012
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This is MY kind of puzzle/game/trivia book. The clues are clever, don't rely on a vast knowledge of pop culture, and not overly taxing or long. It's the kind of book you can pick-up and do a couple of games, then put down for a while. I only wish this had been available when my mother was still alive. It would have given us something we could do together where we could both have fun. I especially like that there is research that supports the different types of exercises your brain needs, and each game is coded to indicate the type of activity it supports. Makes me feel well-rounded. It's also the kind of book that I think would make a great holiday gift, house-guest thank you, get-well gift, etc.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By drcarrell on August 16, 2013
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The exercises are essentially all long term memory puzzles. If your long term memory is pretty good, you will find this book too easy. The puzzles are pleasant, but require little thought. It is kind of like an easy Trivia game: you know the answer or you don't, and most of them you probably know.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Ed Rohr on January 22, 2013
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While the book is nicely designed it really is a light weight piece of work mostly quizzing you on pop culture. Kind of fun but if you want to really increase your mental powers this is not the book your looking for. This book is more like a primer for games like Trivial Pursuit.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kalani on April 4, 2014
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Should have listened to other 2 star reviews. Not a bad book but good half of the book is trivia challenges, much more than games or puzzles. Most of these trivia quizzes are history/politics related. If you're a foreign-born and/or don't know US history well, this book is not for you.
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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Joseph S Romanow on September 28, 2012
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Nancy Linde, the author of this book, is my cousin, so conventional wisdom teaches that you should not put much faith in this (unsolicited--by the way) review. The book is printed in large type with ample line spacing so seniors, like me, can read it with ease. Playing the wide variety of puzzles, trivia, quizzes, and word games in the book is interesting and fun, even more so when done in a group. There are some familiar-type games and puzzles. What amazes me, however, is how many of the games and puzzles are original (and clever) and how broad the subject matter is. No matter what your special expertise may be, I guarantee there are questions that will stump you. The games are not simply knowledge-based; many require reasoning and/or visual relationships. The games often rekindle fond memories and spark reminiscent conversations among the participants. While the book is primarily intended for seniors (and those soon-to-be), my wife and I played some of the games with our grandchildren (ages 8 through 14) with real success. In so doing, the grand kids learned that life existed before television and computers, and we learned (a little) about texting and tweeting. The bottom line is: I have no idea if the book will rejuvenate my aging brain, but I can say from experience that spending an hour or so with the book is a lot more rewarding than watching many (if not most) of today's TV shows.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By East Coast Girl on April 24, 2014
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I bought this for my mother and boy was she mad. She said she was offended by it because it implied she was losing her mind. She admitted it was a good book with lots of different "exercises" in it. When I visited her a few months later, I flipped through the book. It has puzzles, timed quizzes, fact finding exercises, etc. Better than the "word search" books she usually does.

I recommend it, but my mother only completed 1 exercise. My advice is to be sure the person you are buying it for will have the willingness to use it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on January 14, 2014
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I bought this for my grandmother for Christmas. She has been having problems with memory and seems to get confused easily. I bought this for her in hopes of giving her brain a workout and hoping to improve her memory. She LOVED it. She said the puzzles were fun and I've noticed some steady improvement in her memory. She doesn't seem to lose her train of thought as much and in general, seems to be having an easier time following instructions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mary ann allred on March 14, 2014
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I reviewed many similar books this is one of the better ones. It has a lot of different types of mind exercises.
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