Mexican Train Tips and Tricks

Many people at Savannah Retirement Homes enjoy playing Mexican Train Dominoes. Some folks find enjoyment in this game through being able to chat with their friends. For these folks, the game is secondary to the company. However, other people are interested in the game out of a thirst for winning. If you happen to be one of these people, check out these tips and tricks for Mexican Train Dominoes.

Keep Your Train Private
Always strive to keep your train private. If you are playing to win, why would you want to give your opponents another place to put their dominoes? If your train goes public, you’ve given your opponents a leg up in the game. Only let your train go public if you truly have no other options.

Play On Your Own Private Train First
If you have different places you can place a domino, opt for your own private train first. Public trains are public because their owners have run out of options. These lack of options are good for you and bad for them. You don’t want to free up an opponent’s train for him or her.

Keep Public Trains The Same

Feel free to play on a public train if your domino will change the end of the train back to the number that caused the train to go public. This will probably keep the train public for the owner, and that gives you an advantage. Remember, you always want public trains to stay the same.

Use Doubles To Your Advantage
As the game draws to a close, consider using your doubles strategically. By placing a double, you are limiting the number of dominoes that can continue the train. Since players are low on dominoes near the end of the game, this makes it hard for other players to finish that particular train. In other words, hold those double dominoes until the end! That is the point of the game where they can be played defensively.

Chat It Up

People love to play Mexican Train Dominoes for the social factor. This means you should give people a reason to talk! If you are busy chatting it up with other players, they may miss out on some key plays. This will work to your advantage in the long run!

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Use these tips and tricks to win your next game of Mexican Train Dominoes. You just might become the champion of Savannah Retirement Homes!

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What Seniors Should Never Share on Facebook

In the last decade, social media has become a useful tool in helping seniors stay connected with their family. For widowed seniors, loneliness can be a real problem, and Facebook helps them feel involved in the day to day life of their family. While plugging into social media has enormous benefits, it is also a prominent tool used by scammers to target unsuspecting seniors. Always set up your loved one’s account to the most private settings available on Facebook and educate them on making wise decisions in what they post. Here are five things our Savannah retirement community wants seniors to know they should never share on Facebook.

1. Personal Information

Explain to your loved one how crafty scammers can be. A quick skim over someone’s account will quickly give away their birthday; couple that with Grandma’s story of the day she was born and where, and a hacker has her birthdate and birthplace. Both of these pieces of information can be used to prove an identity online.

2. Passwords

Help your loved one create a secure password that will not be easy to guess. Seniors often use a birth date or the name of a pet or loved one, but scammers looking to hack their account can find this information by digging through their profile. Be sure they understand they should never enter their password on any other page, and there will never be a legitimate pop-up asking for their password. Many click bait posts will ask for your password, and seniors often fall victim to these scams.

3. Location

Be sure the location services setting is turned off and encourage your loved one not to post their whereabouts. For “snowbirds” who travel south for the winter, or for those taking a vacation, it is of particular importance not to share their location. Doing so tells thieves that their home will be empty for a period.

4. Fake Stories from Fake People

Seniors should never accept friend requests or messages from anyone they do not know personally, and should never share posts from someone they do not know. Clickbait posts are often hoaxes that will download a virus to their computer and be used to hack their account. A good rule of thumb is if the post was not originally posted by someone you know and trust, it is best to scroll past it.

5. Family Business

Educate your loved one about the dangers of sharing photos of their grandchildren. Of course everyone wants to show off pictures of their grandchildren, but those photos may contain clues to their location such as their school, and their family member may not want them shared publicly for safety reasons.

For many seniors, Facebook maybe a bit of culture shock as they see their sweet grandchildren’s shenanigans online. Encourage your loved one to use the private messaging option rather than addressing their concerns or carrying on conversations publicly through commenting on a post. As a whole it is best to keep family matters private, especially in the case of exciting announcements. Finding out you are going to have a great grandchild is exciting, but it is best to let the parents make it “Facebook Official,” so remind your loved one not to share family news until the parties involved have.

With proper safety precautions Facebook will be an enriching experience for your loved one. Many retirement communities like The Marshes’ Savannah Retirement Community use Facebook to post announcements of events and activities their residents will be interested in, so be sure to help them plug into their social circles online!

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Tips for Sleeping Better

Not getting enough sleep can have a series impact on the physical and mental well-being of seniors. Persistent sleep problems can increase the risk of conditions like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes or worsen chronic pain. While the general recommendation is to strive for 7-8 hours of productive sleep each night, it’s not always easy to achieve this goal. Keeping certain tips in mind before getting to bed may help improve sleep and minimize related health risks.

Stick to a Regular Schedule

The body has a natural alarm clock (circadian rhythm) that allows for a proper night’s rest that includes all of the stages of sleep, including the deeper stages when recuperative sleep occurs. Maintaining a regular sleep schedule means getting up and going to bed at roughly the same time each day. For seniors who have difficulty staying asleep, getting a mattress that’s firm enough to provide the right kind of support, sticking to a healthy diet, and staying active during the day can help.

Minimize Tossing and Turning

Excessively tossing and turning can make it difficult for seniors to get a good night’s sleep, which can lead to morning joint and muscle stiffness. Things like staring at the clock or stressing out about not being able to get in a comfortable position can also increase production of the stress hormone cortisol. Anxiety can sometimes be eased by light exercise before bed or by reading a favorite book before falling off to sleep.

Create a Comfortable Sleeping Environment

Seniors who are light sleepers can be especially affected by the way their bedroom is set up. For instance, curtains that let in too much moonlight may be distracting. Turning on the television to go to sleep should also be avoided. Further increase comfort by keeping the temperature at a level where it’s not excessively hot or cold (between 60-70 degrees is recommended).

Avoid Tech Distractions

Sometimes just having a device on a dresser or nightstand can be a distraction. Laptops should be closed and things like tablets and smartphones can be put on “sleep mode” to minimize the distracting glow. Another option is to simply turn electronic devices over or place them in a drawer or closet. The blue light from such devices reduces the production of melatonin, a hormone that controls the body’s sleep and wake patterns.

The Marshes of Skidaway Island is a Savannah life plan community in Savannah, GA, committed to improving all aspects of senior living. Contact us today for more information or schedule an appointment to visit our community.

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