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399 Games to Keep Your Brain Young

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This is a review of the book entitled “399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges Specially Designed To Keep Your Brain Young”.
Date:  March 16, 2021
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Price:  $11.26

Cross-train your brain.

All it takes is ten to fifteen minutes a day of playing the right games and having fun.  These games train your long-term memory, working memory, executive functioning, attention to detail, multitasking and processing speed.

In a Foreword by Daniel Amen, MD, he has this to say:  “It’s never too late to improve your brain.  Whether you’re forty-five or ninety-five, you can slow, and in many cases, reverse the aging process if you start making some brain-smart choices now.”


“While getting older is not optional, having a brain that feels older is.  You can reverse the aging process if you start making some brain-smart choices now.   If you’re thinking about improving your brain’s health, you need three things:  (1)  Brain envy:  You have to want to have a better brain!  (2)Then you need to avoid anything that hurts your brain (such as alcohol, drugs, brain injuries, obesity, hypertension diabetes, sleep apnea, depression and excessive stress.  (3) And finally, you need to engage in regular brain healthy habits (healthy food, quality sleep, physical exercise,  good mental workouts).”

“Scientific research has shown that the biggest mental declines occur after we complete our formal schooling and after retirement.  Why is that?  Because we are no longer exercising our brains and pushing ourselves to continue to learn and grow….   Adding these 399 Games on a daily basis to your healthy brain habits will pay you back many times over with increased feelings of calm happiness, and focus   You will improve your memory, reasoning skills, and executive functioning (the capacity fo control and apply your mental skills).”

“New research even suggests that regular brain engagement and training in the form of games can enhance an strengthen your brain.  So make time in your schedule… for a fun brain workout!”


Thinking in new and novel ways triggers “neurogenesis” (in which proteins, enxymes and stem cells all combine to grow new brain cells that rejuvenate your brain and help it to work better and more efficiently.)

Elect optimum level of difficulty
The idea of exercise, both physical and mental, is to select an optimum level of difficulty and gradually increasing it.  Long-term memory


Critical mental functions for healthy brain aging
Long-term memory
Working memory
Executive functioning
Attention to Detail
Processing speed


Brain improvement
Playing an assortment of different games each  day is the best strategy for diversified brain improvement


Following is a sampling of the games in this book:

In this game, all the answers in this word definition game contain either the word “play” or the word “time”:

Question:  “where kids go to swing and seesaw”  –
Answer:  playground

Question:  “Punch this, if you want to get paid”  –
Answer:  time-clock

Question:  “Additional time worked…and the pay earned for additional time worked” – Answer:  overtime.

Question:  “A script written for the movies” –
Answer:  play.

Question:  “Charts with train or bus schedules” –
Answer:  time table.


How many of the ten official U.S. federal holidays can you name in thirty seconds?


Can you come up with at least one animal for every letter of the alphabet?  For an extra brain boost, see how many you can name in two minutes


Who said:  “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!”
Who said;  “Here’s looking at you, kid!”
Who said:  “There’s no place like home!”


“The incredible, edible ____________”
“Like a good neighbor,__________________________is here”
“See the U.S.A. in a ________________________
“Winston tastes good, _________________________”
“Double your pleasure, _________________________”


In this game we supply the who, and you must supply the what.  For example:  “Felix” the “Cat”.
“Bozo the_______________________”
“Attila the ____________________”
“Dennis the ____________________”
“Kermit the __________________”
“Frosty the __________________”
“Popeye the _________________”
“Billy the___________________”
“Blackbeard the __________________”
“Alexander the _________________”


All the answers in this word definition game begin and end with the letter “M”
A delicious fungus – but watch out for a poisonous one
[Answer:  “mushroom”]

The Guggenheim or the Louvres
Answer:  “museum”

One thousand years
Answer:  “millennium”

Screening test for breast cancer
Answer:  “mammogram”

A brief note or written message
Answer:  “memorandum”


Pros and Cons:

Pros:  If you want to keep up with current research on how to keep your brain sharp with these “399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges Specially Designed To Keep Your Brain Young”, this is the book for you!


Cons:  None that I can see.   You can never be too smart!


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Comments (4) on "399 Games to Keep Your Brain Young"

  1. I consider yourself left-brained,  Like most people, you’re probably familiar with the concept – the left brain is associated with logic, reasoning and math skills, while the right brain is associated with creativity.  A musician expected to be right-brained, I have a sister with a righ side brain and really she is a good singer, while an accountant is expected to be left-brained.  These are simple categories to understand but are they accurate?  As it turns out, the way your brain works is pretty complex ,

    1. Thanks for your comment, Serima.  I think that most of us operate from our left-brain most of the time, but we do switch over to the right-side of the brain part of the time.  That’s perhaps where the confusion comes from.  I know that I’m right-brained when I’m playing music, but am left-brained when I deal with business.

  2. These 399 games, puzzles and trivia challenges seem intriguing. I’m sure they are good for the brain. I’ll probaby buy the book. Thanks for sharing these with us!

    1. Thanks for your comment, Eva. I’m sure you’ll find these 399 games, puzzles and trivia challenges helpful and you’ll find that they are good for the brain. Enjoy the book, and please let us know how these are working out for you!

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