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Alzheimer's Association Presents The Big Brain Puzzle Book Paperback – September 15, 2009

3.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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About the Author

Stickels is well known for his three internationally syndicated columns. "FRAME GAMES", seen in USA WEEKEND magazine, is read by over 48,000,000 people in 600 newspapers weekly. He concurrently writes STICKELERS for King Features, appearing in over 200 newspapers daily. This column appears in such papers as The Washington Post, The Chicago Sun - Times, The Denver Post, and The Toronto Star. He also is the featured puzzle columnist for The Guardian newspaper, London's largest newspaper
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Liberty Street (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603208208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603208208
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,165,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was surprised and a bit disappointed at the difficulty level of the puzzles in this book. Since Alzheimer's was part of the title, I somehow thought the puzzles would be geared more toward elderly people. I bought it for my 87-year-old mother-in-law and I doubt she will be able to do many of them, even though she was sharp as a tack and an accountant all of her life. The book is great if you are still normal in all your faculties and want something to challenge you mentally.
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"The BIG Brain Puzzle Book", by Terry Stickels, is a puzzlers' delight. It has three levels of difficulty with seven different types of puzzles. The types are; creative thinking (thinking outside the box), mathematics (computational skills), logic (analysis and deduction), language (definitions, usage, and sentence structure), visual (observation, spatial reasoning and pattern recognition), wordplay (word and letter manipulation), and knowledge (book smarts and memory).

The book's cover says "over 200 puzzles that make you think," and that it does! Also, the book comes with the answers and many of the answers have brief explanations, so you can understand how to solve them. This really comes in handy when you go to level 2. I am not a big puzzler, with cryptograms being my favorite, but some of these I have not seen before. Others were new takes on old style puzzles.

"BIG brain" is an enjoyable, thought provoking, and mentally exercising book. Lots of these puzzles took time for me and that was only Level 1. This book is sponsored by the Alzheimer's association and includes the ten signs to be aware of and where to get more information. This was a most enjoyable way to spend time exercising the mental muscles.
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I was completely disappointed, but my fault. I thought this would actually be a super-easy puzzle book appropriate for someone whose cognitive function had deteriorated, developed by professionals who understood the deterioration and this would be of some help. I might as well have bought my mom the expert edition of the NYTimes crosswords. She ended up frustrated and close to tears... having just enough recognition left to realize she "couldn't get this either" and it was "meant for somebody with Alzheimer's"... I am so sorry I added to her pain by giving her this book.
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This book looks great and we had all the hope that it would be a positive experience. However, it was a disappointment to see that a college educated person even has trouble with many of the puzzles. It was geared for
some that is fully functioning and more capable that begining or moderate Alzheimers. A disappointment for the money spent. It goes out with the donation items. Don't waste your money, regardless of the recommendation of the Alzheimier's Association. Buy something at Walmart in the childrens book department that is of more use and more
useable for your loved one. Simple and EASY Crossword puzzles or easy 5th grade or 3rd grade work books are much better for your time and money.
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Puzzle Master Terry Stickels has accomplished two very important things with his new book of mindstretching exercises.

1. He has created an entertaining and challenging collection of brain teasers that everyone will enjoy; and

2. He has collaborated with the book's sponsor, the Alzheimer's Association, to present a series of mental gymnastics designed specifically to stimulate the minds of older readers to help them keep their thinking skills agile and young. What a great accomplishment that is!

Thank you, Terry, for all the good work you do.
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This is a great book. I bought it for my 84 year grandmother and she actually saw some improvements in her short term memory after completing all the worksheets.
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I bought this book because I thought it would help my husband, but his AZ was too advanced for this book. However, I gave it to someone else and they said it's really helping her mother. We are trying everything we can get our hands on to help extend the memory. The doctors said it won't work--I have found with excercise [walking] and any brain stimulation does work. After all, the only way to accurately diagnose AZ is an autopsy. Therefore, I am going to keep trying.
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I purchased the book primarily to 'promote' my 12 & 14 year old to do a little mmore brain exercises. The book sits on our coffee table and we ALL pick it up and work on the puzzles, It is small enough to take small 'bites' from and not too tough to be intimidating. A good family-fun book.
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