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Making the Most of Video Calling: 10 Games to Play Over Zoom

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Olivia Trout Dec 17, 2020 10:16:49 AM
Making the Most of Video Calling: 10 Games to Play Over Zoom

In our recent blog, 5 Ideas to Safely Celebrate the Holidays During COVID-19, we mentioned that playing games on a Zoom call is a fun way to safely stay in contact and have fun with family and friends. While there are endless games that can be played over Zoom, here is a list of ten games and instructions on how to play each game:

     1. Charades

To begin playing charades over Zoom, split the participants into two teams. Each player can write down ten phrases on pieces of paper (person, place, thing, movie, book, TV show, etc.), fold up the papers, and put them in a bowl. When a player's turn is up, they can choose a phrase and act it out on camera for their team members to guess within a time limit. If their team correctly guesses the phrase, their team earns a point, but if they cannot guess the phrase in time, the other team gets the point. At the end, the team accumulating the most points wins!

     2. Pictionary

Like charades, split the Zoom participants into two groups and have each player prepare ten phrases on pieces of paper, fold them, put them into a bowl, and mix them up.

10 Great Activities to Share with Your Grandchildren this Winter

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Cantissimo Senior Living Dec 3, 2020 11:52:45 AM
10 Great Activities to Share with Your Grandchildren this Winter

Spending time with your grandchildren is so lovely. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to keep them occupied and attentive, and all too often, you hear that they are bored. This is especially challenging during the winter season when they may not be able to do many of their favorite outdoor activities. If you are looking for ideas to spend quality time together over the coming cold months, don't worry! This article outlines ten fantastic ideas that will not only keep them occupied but help you build cherished memories together too.

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:

Benefits of Sudoku Puzzles for the Brain

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Cantissimo Senior Living Aug 17, 2020 2:12:06 PM
Benefits of Sudoku Puzzles for the Brain

Have you come across Sudoku puzzles in newspapers or the internet and tried solving them? Or do you ignore and flip the pages? Well, there are a lot more benefits to trying to solve them than you have likely imagined. For instance, they are good exercises for the brain because they keep you entertained and, at the same, improve your thinking capacity. Research has shown that a population of older adults that enjoy playing Sudoku has a mental ability equivalent to that of an almost ten-year younger generation. The benefits are so vast, and practicing the puzzles can help you with overall mental health. In this article, we will look at the benefits and tips of playing Sudoku.

12 Activity Ideas You Can Do With Your Grandchildren

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Cantissimo Senior Living Aug 7, 2020 10:00:33 AM
12 Activity Ideas You Can Do With Your Grandchildren

Memories with Grandma and Grandpa are something youngsters will love and cherish for many years to come. At the same time, it can be challenging to come up with ideas and activities that will be memorable and enjoyable for everyone. To help find things everybody might appreciate, we have assembled a list of twelve fun activities you can do with your grandchildren during the next visit.

Top 5 Mobile Apps for Older Adults to Keep an Active Mind

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Cantissimo Senior Living Aug 4, 2020 11:42:51 AM
Top 5 Mobile Apps for Older Adults to Keep an Active Mind

We all know that smartphones are powerful tools for productivity and connecting with family members, but did you ever think about how they could be useful for continued learning and education? The apps available on your phone are a great way to train your brain and learn about a range of topics on-the-go.

As we age, it is increasingly important to actively train our minds and keep stimulated. Science has proven that the brain can respond to modifications during a process called "neuroplasticity". The brain then adjusts when its neural connections are wired to enhance or maintain cognitive function. Studies say that brain training activities lessen the risk of dementia by almost 30%. These activities are effective in seniors with or without cognitive impairments. Mobile apps for seniors are among the simplest and best ways to learn different skills and improve abilities. Continue reading for our list of the top 5 apps to download to stay entertained and mentally sharp!

3 Tips to Solve a Sudoku Puzzle

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Cantissimo Senior Living Jun 30, 2020 11:04:00 AM
3 Tips to Solve a Sudoku Puzzle

There is no one-trick-solves-all or guaranteed way out when it comes to solving Sudoku puzzles. You need to use your mind and think critically so that you can fill the blanks. Guesswork is not part of the solution because Sudoku puzzles deal with logic and proven methodologies to arrive at the outcome. If you assume the answers, you will likely guess an incorrect number, which will only result in more errors throughout the puzzle. The primary qualities required are brainstorming, patience, understanding the clues, and being creative. The following are some easy Sudoku tips you can use to help you solve your next Sudoku puzzle.