Want to be a “super memory club” member?

The members of the “super memory club” are the fewer than one in 200 of us who manage to live past 90 without any signs of dementia. This group is described in the second article in a terrific series on the brain by New York Times writer Benedict Carey (the first of which I previously discussed in this blog). In this article, Carey reports on the 90+ Study, started in 1981 at Laguna Woods, a retirement community south of L.A. This study has provided further evidence that, “mental engagement – doing crossword puzzles, reading books – may delay the arrival of symptoms [of dementia]. And social connections, including interaction with friends, may be very important, some suspect.”

With great pride, we are opening our second store on June 19th in Skokie, Illinois at the Westfield Old Orchard Shopping Center. I wanted to share with you some of the pictures of the construction so you could see what the store looks like before we get all our merchandise and furniture there. Our sign will go up this week and we will get our furniture and shelving by next week. I will attach more pictures next week as well so you can see how it is going.

Before the buildout

Before the buildout

During the buildout

During the buildout

Store front for Marbles

Store front for Marbles

Mark your calendars, we will be hosting a Preview Grand Opening celebration on June 17th from 5:30-7:30 and I would love to see you there to help us celebrate our 2nd store. Contact us if you would like to attend.


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3 Responses to Want to be a “super memory club” member?

  1. Don says:

    The bridge story had the interesting wrinkle (you’ll pardon the expression) of having the players “police” each other for signs of slowing down. A missed bid or a forgotten card could be a sign that the player may be asked to leave the game.
    My mom played bridge, mah jong and crossword puzzles well into her 80s until her sight failed due to macular degeneration. Now at 95, she is still alert and lucid.

    She doesn’t read braille. Are there brain stimulating products for the vision impaired but not legally blind?


  2. J. Pine says:


    A friend of mine was recently in the store who works with visually impaired individuals. We spent some time in the store looking at our product line trying to determine which, if any, of our products she could use with her clients. We found several products in each category that she found would be beneficial. After her visit both of us, independently, talked to other professionals in the visual impairment/low vision field to confirm our thoughts on the products that we offer.

    The following is a list of items that the professionals thought might be very useful for individuals with low vision or visual impairments. Of course, it would depend on the severity of the impairment. All of these items can be found on our web site or in our stores. I hope this is helpful for you. If you have any questions regarding any of the products in this list, please feel free to call or email the store.

    Brain Fitness Software
    - Posit Science Brain Fitness Program

    - Blast From the Past
    - Go Mental
    - Encore
    - Big Fat Lies

    - Ball of Whacks
    - X-Ball

    Critical Thinking
    - Quarto
    - Abalone
    - MasterMind
    - Jumbo Sudoku
    - 30 Second Mysteries
    - Head Stress Puzzles
    - Genius Deck Logic Puzzles
    - Inverse

    Visual Perception
    - Blokus
    - Rush Hour
    - SET
    - Simplexity
    - Izzi

    Word Skills
    - Chain Game
    - Buzz Word
    - Living Language Series
    - Large Print Crosswords
    - Giant Word Find

  3. Don says:

    I’ll have to check these out. Thanks for the research.

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