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Puzzler's Nook

Creating puzzles that can help improve memory, concentration, and cognitive skills especially as we age.


Meet Brenda Cyr, Founder of Puzzler's Nook


Hi there, I’m glad you found my website. Let me tell you a bit about myself and why I love puzzles. I used to work in the ICU, where I faced many challenges and learned a lot. But when I retired, I felt like something was missing.


I wanted to keep my mind active and engaged. That’s when I discovered the benefits of puzzles. I read some studies that showed that puzzles can help improve memory, concentration, and cognitive skills, especially as we age. I was hooked. I started solving puzzles every day, and I enjoyed them so much that I decided to create my own. I made books of crosswords, cryptograms, sudoku, and word search puzzles, with different levels of difficulty and themes. I wanted to share my passion and knowledge with other puzzle lovers like you. Whether you are looking for a fun way to relax, a challenge to test your skills, or a learning opportunity to expand your horizons, you will find something for you in my books. Check them out and see for yourself.


I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Thank you for visiting my website.


Word puzzles are like a mental gym for seniors

Sharper Memory

Solving puzzles, especially word puzzles, creates new connections between brain cells. It’s like doing push-ups for your mind. Plus, it’s been shown to improve short-term memory. So, next time you’re searching for that elusive word, know that you’re giving your brain a workout

Concentration Boost

As we age, opportunities to practice concentration become scarcer. But puzzles demand focus. Whether it’s finding words in a jumble of letters or completing crosswords, these activities engage parts of the brain that might otherwise take a nap. Plus, they’re perfect for seniors because they don’t involve a gazillion moving pieces like some board games do

Cognitive Reserve

Think of your brain’s cognitive reserve as a rainy-day savings account. Puzzles help build it up. This reserve can help fight age-related memory loss and even dementia. Pair your puzzle-solving with 150 minutes of exercise each week, and you’re golden. But hey, any activity counts—no need to run a marathon

Meaningful Engagement

Puzzles add substance to life. They’re not just letters on paper; they’re memories, stories, and moments. When you solve a puzzle, you’re connecting with something bigger—whether it’s a famous quote or a hidden gem of wisdom

Social Connection

Word search puzzles, for instance, are great for socializing. Gather your friends, huddle around a puzzle, and chat about life while hunting for words. It’s like a cozy coffee date with your brain

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