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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:

6 Unexpected Expenses to Prepare for in Retirement

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Cantissimo Senior Living Sep 24, 2020 2:12:16 PM
6 Unexpected Expenses to Prepare for in Retirement

Regardless of how much you prepare for retirement, it is impossible to predict which unexpected situation might put additional stress on your bank account. If not properly planned for, these expenses can easily derail a retirement budget. Some of these risks are more common than others. Unfortunately, too many people plan for retirement by only accounting for current pre-retirement expenses. However, Employee Benefit Research conducted a study in which they said that about 40% of retirees agreed that their retirement expenses were higher than expected.

Proper retirement planning is crucial. It helps you to achieve retirement income goals and determine the actions needed to complete those goals. Retirement planning includes identifying all sources of income, possible expenses, and implementing a saving program. Here in this article, we will discuss some of the common, but unexpected expenses, that many encounter after retirement. It is not always possible to dodge all of these unexpected events. Still, with a little planning, you can minimize the consequences of those events.

6 Ways to Learn a New Language in Retirement

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Cantissimo Senior Living Sep 23, 2020 12:39:39 PM
6 Ways to Learn a New Language in Retirement

Are you considering learning a new language? Perhaps you've been trying and discovered how challenging it can be. As we discussed in a recent blog, 7 Reasons to Learn a New Language in Retirement, it can be incredibly beneficial for your physical, mental, and even emotional health. So, where should you start, and how can you actually achieve skills in understanding and speaking a foreign language? Read on for several tactics that are all proven to be very helpful in learning a new language:

Facebook: Where Do I Start?

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Olivia Trout Sep 21, 2020 12:15:55 PM
Facebook: Where Do I Start?

In our recent blog (Social Media: What Is It All About?), we discussed the various functions and features of four of the top social media networks in 2020: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. In this blog, we will explain how to get started with Facebook, create an account, and set up a profile.

Step 1- Create an Account

Go to www.facebook.com and click the green box that says, “Create New Account”. Next, you will be prompted with this screen:

5 More New Skills Older Adults Can Learn From Home

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Cantissimo Senior Living Sep 18, 2020 12:57:22 PM
5 More New Skills Older Adults Can Learn From Home

The internet provides amazing access to education on practically any topic, to people of all ages. There is no such thing as being too old to learn new things, and modern technology makes it easier than ever, right from the comfort of your home! If you are retired, or even just looking for something new and exciting to learn, we have a few ideas that you can start right now. All of these skills help maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout retirement. After you've read this, click here to check out Part 1 of this series!

Cutting the Cord – Your Guide to Movie and TV Streaming

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Pete Keers Sep 17, 2020 2:03:06 PM
Cutting the Cord – Your Guide to Movie and TV Streaming

Are you a cable TV subscriber? If so, does your blood pressure rise when you pay the monthly bill? In a recent Consumer Reports survey, one in five respondents who subscribed to cable TV said they were extremely or very likely to cancel. Most said to was due to the high cost.

Many disgruntled cable subscribers consider "cutting the cord" and subscribing instead to internet-based video streaming services. Netflix pioneered streaming video, and now there is a multitude of options. However, making the jump from cable needs to be done thoughtfully to avoid technology headaches and unexpected costs.

7 Reasons to Read More in Retirement

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Cantissimo Senior Living Sep 15, 2020 1:48:36 PM
7 Reasons to Read More in Retirement

Reading is a wonderful hobby that keeps the mind healthy. Reading at any age has many benefits that include reducing stress, enhancing sleep, improving memory, sharpening decision-making skills, and delaying the development of diseases like dementia and Alzheimer's.

As we age, everyone has many different aspects of life and health to take care of. To live a long and independent life, it is necessary to preserve mental fitness. While this can be a challenge, there are lots of relatively easy and small things you can do daily to help accomplish this. Reading books of interest to you can help a lot in safeguarding your skills and abilities. Learn more about the rest of the benefits of reading in retirement below:

9 Reasons to Grow a Garden in Retirement

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Cantissimo Senior Living Sep 9, 2020 11:02:26 AM
9 Reasons to Grow a Garden in Retirement

Retirement is the best time for older adults to learn new hobbies and experience new things. Activities that combine both physical and mental exercise give great benefits ranging from lowering depression to building more flexibility and strength.

One practical and popular way to remain active in retirement is gardening. Gardening offers several advantages, including improving health, socialization, and more. Read on to find out why you should pick up gardening as your hobby in retirement.

     1. It's Great Exercise

Gardening might not seem as if it is in the same category as swimming or jogging. Still, it is a fantastic exercise you can do daily to keep your body moving and healthy. In fact, light exercise can help to slow down the aging process. You can add some light stretching before or after spending time in the garden to avoid common injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis.

Top Musical Instruments for Beginners to Learn in Retirement

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Cantissimo Senior Living Sep 3, 2020 3:20:09 PM
Top Musical Instruments for Beginners to Learn in Retirement

In past blogs, we have covered the reasons to learn a musical instrument and the top resources to help you learn an instrument from home. However, perhaps you are convinced it is time to learn an instrument, but you’re not sure where to start.  

Of course, if you haven’t already, you must decide which instrument you want to learn to play. You’re going to be committing a lot of time learning how to handle, care for, play, and listen to the sound of the instrument, so getting this decision right will make a massive difference in your ability to commit to it. It is up to you, and as with any other decision, there are pros and cons to any choice. If you don’t have a lot of experience learning instruments, we recommend starting with one of these relatively simple instruments. This way, you can always switch to something else if you don’t enjoy it, or move on to a more advanced version if you can’t get enough: