Do You Like to Play Mahjong? Here’s How to Win!

Smooth white tiles with red, black and green Chinese characters and symbols immediately attract us. Mahjong is a game that engages the senses while it challenges the mind. With a few tips, you can be on your way to becoming a master of this enticing game and the Mahjong leader of your entire Life Plan Community.

Set the Table

Organize the table so that each of the four players has 34 tiles arranged as walls in front of them. The dealer passes 13 tiles to each other player and keeps 14 since he or she will be the first to discard.

More importantly, set your mind. Know your goal and define a strategy as soon as you receive your tiles.

Pair – Pung – Chow

Determine the best strategy to match all your tiles. In order to win, you need four sets and one pair. Each set is composed of three tiles from the same suit.

Pung most often leads to success. Each bamboo, circle and character suit has four identical tiles representing the numbers 1 through 9. Wind and Dragon suits also have matching tiles. Pung occurs when you have 3 identical tiles. As soon as you have 2 identical tiles, you can claim a discard that matches those tiles. For example, if you have 2 of the number 5 circle tiles, you can also pick up the next one that is discarded.

Pursuing a chow will also win, but can take longer. Chow occurs when you have 3 sequential tiles. Once you have obtained two consecutive tiles, you may claim a discard of the next lowest or higher tile. For example, if you have number 5 and 6 tiles of the circle suit, you may claim the next 4 or 7 circle tile that is discarded.

Achieving a Mahjong (3 sets and 1 pair) wins the game! Even more, just playing the game strengthens your cognitive reasoning skills, reinforces your memory functions and exercises your brain. Mahjong is more than an enjoyable social activity at your Life Plan Community, it’s part of the path to a personal win against age-related medical conditions.

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Best Ice Cream in Savannah

Savannah offers exciting places to dine out for all tastes. Which Savannah ice cream parlor has the best ice cream in Savannah? It all depends on what you like.


A lot of people like Leopold’s, located on East Broughton street. The decor resembles an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, not surprising considering Leopold’s first opened its doors in 1919. Leopold’s classic ice cream flavors include banana, caramel swirl, chocolate raspberry swirl, lemon custard, peppermint, rum bisque, rum raisin, and tutti frutti. Many flavors contain real Georgia pecans, and seasonal flavors are also available.

In addition to its ice cream scoops and sundae options, Leopold’s Ice Cream also has a full café menu. Coffee lovers can get their fix from specialty drinks like the Caffé Leopold (ice cream and espresso), cappuccino, or café latte. Diners can enjoy soups, salads, and sandwiches, such as the classic cream cheese and olive sandwich or the shrimp salad sandwich made with local shrimp. Leopold’s satisfies for a sit-down meal, a quick dessert, or both.

Bruster’s Ice Cream

On the other hand, Bruster’s Ice Cream is another local favorite. Bruster’s is a regional chain with almost all of its shops in the Eastern U.S., and the local shop is found on E. Victory Drive. Ice cream, sherbet, sorbet, and fruit ices are all on the Bruster’s menu. The many flavors include black cherry, butterscotch ripple, cherry almond, coconut pineapple, German chocolate cake, maple walnut, and sea salt caramel with toffee. Bruster’s even offers some no-sugar-added ice cream flavors.

In addition to its ice cream scoops, Bruster’s serves up sundaes, splits, ice cream cakes, shakes, floats, and frozen yogurt smoothies. You can also get ice cream sandwiches made with genuine Oreo cookies.

Below Zero Dessert Bar and Café

For the more adventurous eater, there’s Below Zero Dessert Bar and Café. With their original Broughton Street location and a newer Barnard Street location, the café offers Thai rolled ice cream. Below Zero is owned by husband-and-wife team David and Christine Cutlip, and Christine’s Thai-American dad Timmy Tsoi brought rolled ice cream to Savannah. In addition to being delicious to eat, Thai rolled ice cream is fun to watch being made. The Cutlips’ café also offers Asian-style tea drinks including bubble tea with tapioca pearls. And they also serve crepes!

Visit The Marshes of Skidaway Island Today

One vibrant Life Plan Community has to offer is The Marshes of Skidaway Island. The residents of The Marshes take part in an active community life with organized activities and plenty of opportunity to pursue individual interests, from ice cream to shopping to intellectual pursuits. When searching for Life Plan Community options, consider The Marshes of Skidaway Island for your active social and cultural life.

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Low Impact Sports for Seniors

As more seniors are retiring, senior living communities in Savannah are providing more activities for seniors to gain health benefits and to feel a part of a team. There are plenty of activities that seniors can do that are low impact and still fun.

Bocce Ball

The physical aspects of bocce ball can be made easier with the use of ramps or adapters so everyone can enjoy it. There is also a mental aspect of bocce ball that many seniors enjoy as they learn more about the game and ways to strategize to get points. It can be played as a team, so there is a great social aspect to it. Marshes of Skidaway Island offers bocce ball every Sunday at the Cottages Park.


The game can be played indoors or outdoors, making it a great choice for Savannah senior living communities. Basic rules can be learned in just a few minutes, making it a great choice for seniors. Like bocce ball, shuffleboard provides low impact exercise as well as a mental aspect. Seniors can learn strategies and continued improvement of the game for an even greater challenge.

Ping Pong

Ping Pong has some movement, but it’s a no-contact activity so there is not a huge risk for injury. Seniors can play one on one or join up and form teams, giving it a good social aspect.


Pickleball is a mixture of badminton, ping pong and tennis and can be enjoyed by people of all ages, especially seniors. It’s low impact and the team aspect helps seniors form friendships. Any tennis court or badminton court can be modified for the game and the only equipment that is needed is a paddle and a ball. The ball is similar to a whiffle ball and there are different versions for indoor and outdoor play. There are also many different types of paddles for every skill level.

If you are interested in an active senior living community, The Marshes is right for you! Visit or contact The Marshes of Skidaway Island for more information and schedule an appointment to see the community by calling 800-889-6238.

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