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My Favorite Video-Calling Activities to Do with Grandchildren

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Mary Nov 30, 2020 11:03:18 AM
My Favorite Video-Calling Activities to Do with Grandchildren

Whether you live with your grandchildren or are visiting via Zoom or other virtual meeting tools, there are many fun and engaging things that can be done with your grandchildren. These activities can be teaching experiences in many ways. Even the youngest grandchild will do well listening to your voice as you tell stories or read to them. To help get you started, here are some of my favorite activities to do with grandchildren, even if we are not in the same room:

10 Tips to Overcome Writer's Block

Mark Nov 18, 2020 10:00:12 AM
10 Tips to Overcome Writer's Block

Have you found yourself stuck in your writing? Perhaps your pen was flying across the page, and then it seems as if, suddenly, the creativity has run dry? This experience is commonly known as writer's block. It may be discouraging and even frustrating, but you are not alone. Writer's block is a normal sensation. To help get past this roadblock in your writing, consider the following tips!

     10. Freewrite

Freewriting can be extremely helpful to plow through writer's block. The idea is to set a time limit (we recommend starting with 5 or 10 minutes) and just write. It does not have to be on the topic you were writing about before or even make much sense. Just get words and sentences on paper. This has been known to help inspire new ideas or get past those that were holding you back. Some of the most significant issues with writer's block are self-criticism and doubt, which prevent you from putting pen to paper in fear of anything you write being unworthy of saving. Sometimes, it helps to see it on paper, progress, and you can always go back and edit later.

The Opportunity Generation: The Emergence of the Longevity Economy

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Pete Keers Nov 2, 2020 11:21:22 AM
The Opportunity Generation: The Emergence of the Longevity Economy

If you are age 50 or older, Joseph Coughlin, founder and director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab, thinks you are misunderstood.

In his 2017 book, "The Longevity Economy: Inside the World's Fastest-Growing, Most Misunderstood Market," Coughlin contends consumer marketing companies and society, in general, underestimate the potential of the older generation.

He says this underestimation is exemplified in the false narrative that older adults are a less important demographic than groups under 50. This attitude particularly pervades marketers who spend 500% more on millennials than all other age categories combined.

Coughlin's message to companies overlooking older adults is: Do so at your own peril.

Lessons in Avoiding Boredom in Retirement

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Cantissimo Senior Living Oct 26, 2020 10:52:47 AM
Lessons in Avoiding Boredom in Retirement

Finally, you are retired. Now you have all the time to accomplish anything you desire without worrying about official duties. But did you plan for this? Have you prepared a bucket list of things to do? And then what's next after you accomplish everything on your to-do list?

Do you want to enjoy the coming years to the fullest? Too many fall prey to a retirement trap of repeating the same routine, failing to experience new things, and ultimately suffering from boredom. If you are among those who want to lead an exciting life after retiring, then you are in the right place! However, sometimes things don't go as you may have planned. You might be faced with financial setbacks or any other reasons that spoil your plans. And it's at this point where boredom creeps in.

Many become frustrated and even depressed for not being able to accomplish their goals. Regardless of the situation you are in, it is important to note that boredom presents a serious health risk.

Finding Communities Online: An Introduction to Web Forums

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Olivia Trout Oct 20, 2020 9:55:48 AM
Finding Communities Online: An Introduction to Web Forums

In recent blogs, we have reviewed social media and how to get started with popular networks. Although social media has been continuously rising in popularity for the past sixteen years, web forums were an early way to communicate online, and they continue to be widely used today.

Web forums are sections of a website that allows users to post messages to an online discussion board. Most web forums can be viewed by anyone anonymously without having to create an account, making it easy to find help online through advice from real people. Although web forums are most commonly used online by random users, they are also becoming a more common mode of communication for work and school as private web forums rise in popularity.

11 Benefits of Drawing for the 55+ Population

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Cantissimo Senior Living Oct 19, 2020 11:38:31 AM
11 Benefits of Drawing for the 55+ Population

Did you ever imagine that drawing could do wonders for your well-being?

Drawing is not just an activity enjoyed by children. Many older adults can benefit from activities like drawing and painting. Art therapy is a relaxing, fun experience for lots of older adults, while allowing them to enhance communication, cognitive, social, and motor skills. When older adults take part in such activities, they are utilizing both the right and left hemispheres of their brains by using both creativity and logic.

Read on to discover the twelve benefits of drawing or art therapy:

6 Reasons to Laugh More as We Age

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Cantissimo Senior Living Oct 12, 2020 2:06:20 PM
6 Reasons to Laugh More as We Age

Do you know of a medicine that is available at zero cost and attainable almost all the time? You heard us right; it is called laughter!

Laughter contributes to a sense of well-being and encourages you to have an optimistic outlook in life. It leads to a more relaxed state of mind and helps you focus on the positive outcomes of a situation. Laughter allows you to connect to your loved ones and bring an excellent mood to yourself and the people around you. It is true when people say that your attitude affects your body, mind, and soul.

Laughing with your friends, or even on your own, not only has mental but many physical advantages as well. Doctors across the world have suggested that the best, and often, the easiest way of dealing with an issue is to crack a joke and laugh. There is much more depth to this claim, and we will learn more about it as we go on!

Find Your Inspiration: A Guide to Getting Started with Pinterest

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Olivia Trout Oct 7, 2020 9:15:00 AM
Find Your Inspiration: A Guide to Getting Started with Pinterest

In previous blogs, we reviewed the process of creating and setting up Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts. In this blog, you will learn how to create an account and set up a Pinterest profile. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has limited access to a busy social life, it has provided more time to get back into an old hobby or develop a new hobby to keep you busy. Pinterest is the perfect place to find inspiration and ideas for your next project. Follow along to create your account today:

     Step 1: Create an Account

Go to www.pinterest.com and click "Sign up" at the top right-hand corner of the page. Your screen will now look like this:

10 Must-Do Autumn Activities with Your Grandchildren

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Cantissimo Senior Living Oct 6, 2020 10:15:00 AM
10 Must-Do Autumn Activities with Your Grandchildren

As fall arrives and students return to school, it might seem difficult to spend as much time with grandchildren. However, fall presents many fantastic opportunities to try new activities and make the most of your quality time together. Many of which can easily be done at home and safely socially distanced. If you could use some ideas, we've got you covered in this article. We will show you our top 10 best autumn activities to do with your grandchildren:

     1. Apple Picking

Going for apple picking with your grandchildren is a great way to get some exercise, fresh air, and delicious fruit. Look for the best apples in the orchard and bring them home to make a pie or other tasty treats. An apple orchard also makes a fantastic setting for some family photos that will be cherished for years to come.

Tweet Away: Getting Started with Twitter

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Olivia Trout Sep 30, 2020 12:54:01 PM
Tweet Away: Getting Started with Twitter

In previous blogs, we reviewed the process of creating and setting up accounts for Facebook and Instagram. In this blog, we will explain how to create an account and set up a Twitter profile. To learn more about the differences between the social media platforms, check out our recent blog, Social Media: What is it All About?. With Twitter being the most popular social media site for users over 55 years old, now is a great time to set up an account. 

Step 1: Create an Account

Go to www.twitter.com and click “Sign up for Twitter” at the bottom of the page. Your screen will now look like this: