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.

Leopold’s

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!

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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.

Shuffleboard

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

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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Senior Pool Exercises

If you’re a senior looking to get into the water to get your exercising in, you’re in luck. Working out in the water can be very beneficial, and most of your water exercises are very similar to the exercises performed working out on land. There are a few different activities that make up water exercise programs, from water aerobics to general aquatic classes. If you have a pool at your Savannah senior housing facility, try these exercises on for size.

Water Exercises

There are a number of different exercises you can do in the water, and here is s good list of some of the more common ones to try:

  • Jumping jacks
  • Side bends
  • Hopping
  • Stretching
  • Cross country ski movements
  • Walking
  • Aerobics
  • Ballet
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi

When you perform exercises in the water, it eliminates muscle and joint pain that generally come along with exercising. The buoyancy helps to support your weight when you’re in water, therefore less stain is placed on your body. Your joints and bones move more freely when in the water.

Water also provides more resistance than air. Overall, exercises done in the water provide the same health benefits, but you can get the exercises done in less time. Add some more fun to your exercises by using hand paddles, beach balls, Styrofoam dumbbells and noodles.

Benefits

The benefits of working out in the water include an increase in metabolism, increased muscle tone, increased strength, a reduction in cholesterol levels, improvement in posture, building lean muscle, an improvement in agility and flexibility, and an increased freedom of movement.

It’s very important that you warm up your muscles before you begin your exercise program, just as you would when exercising on land. You should also end your routine with a set of cool-down exercises. And who knows, maybe you’ll end up getting other residents of your Savannah senior housing facility in on the fun.

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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!

Play Mexican Train at our Savannah Retirement Homes
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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New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors

Are you keeping up with your New Year Resolutions? The New Year offers individuals a chance to improve their lives and make every day count. Senior citizens can take advantage of this opportunity to start new habits that will help them stay physical fit and mentally sharp. The Marshes’ Savannah senior housing can help you to find the best ways to improve your life in the New Year.

Commit To Regular Exercise

Recent studies show that exercise is not only important for muscle strength and cardiovascular health; it also improves lung function, balance, mental cognition and mood. Seniors who implement a regular exercise into their day can receive these physical and mental benefits. Our Savannah senior housing offers a number of opportunities for seniors to engage in physical activities that help to keep them fit and flexible.

Start Activities That Engage Your Brain

Your brain needs exercise just as your body does, and studies show that engaging in activities that engage you brain can help to prevent decline in mental function, as well as mood problems. Crosswords puzzles, Sudoku, even card games and video games, can improve your memory and recall skills to keep you mentally sharp and interested in life.

Commit To Improving Your Diet

The New Year is a good time to look at your diet to improve your health. Most people engage in snacking habits that cause them to consume empty calories that put on excessive weight. Use the New Year to explore new snacks like yogurt, granola, new fruits you haven’t tried before and vegetable-based chips. These foods can lower your calorie intake and improve your nutrition.

Engage with Others Socially

Studies find that socializing helps seniors to stay mentally engaged and also improves their physical health. If you find that you spend more time alone as the years pass, it’s time to re-engage with others around you. We make it easy to find other people for card games, movie watching, board games or whatever activity you enjoy.

Volunteer to Help Others

When you engage in activities that help other people, you forget your own problems and complaints. You appreciate the good aspects of your life more and learn about the courage and resilience of other people. Volunteering is a way to give back for all the good in life you have, and to help others who may not be as fortunate.

These commitments for the New Year will ensure that you are engaging in positive activities that improve both your physical and your mental health, so that you can make the most of the year.

Visit The Marshes’ Savannah Senior Housing Today

At the Marshes of Skidaway Island, our community is dedicated to helping you live the best life possible. And, that commitment is seen in everything we do, from the menus in our dining halls to the programs we offer our members.

If you’re interested in visiting our Savannah retirement community, simply give us a call today at 800-889-6238 to schedule a visit. We look forward to seeing you!

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Tips for Getting More Fruits and Vegetables

Regardless of your age, eating a nutrient-dense diet packed with fresh fruits and vegetables is the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. This is true whether you’re a young child or a senior citizen.

But, for a variety of reasons, many seniors simply don’t eat an adequate allotment of fresh fruits and veggies and in these cases, their diet can be working against their health. At The Marshes’ Savannah retirement communities, we take good health seriously, so here are nine easy ways to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet.

Smoothies

Smoothies are a great way to really amp up your fruit and veggie intake because you can add a bunch of them in a cold and refreshing drink. Just freeze your favorite fruits and toss them in the blender in the morning along with some spinach, kale, or other leafy greens. You can even add Greek yogurt for a splash of protein and gut-healing probiotics.

Portion Control

Every time you sit down to eat a meal, half of your plate should be taken up by vegetables and/or fruits. The other half should be comprised of whole grains and proteins.

Try Vegan Alternatives

Research shows us that red meat isn’t the healthiest option, especially for seniors. But, there are plenty of vegan alternatives out there that will give you the protein you need without compromising flavor. You can even head to your local library and take out a vegan cookbook for a wealth of tasty recipes.

Stock Up on Frozen and Canned Fruits and Vegetables

Fresh fruits and veggies are best, but when you’re in a pinch frozen or canned varieties are better than nothing. So, stock up your freezer and cupboards with your favorite fruits and vegetables so you always have at least something on hand for dinner.

Replace Your Salty Snacks

Salty snacks are tasty, but they’re also addictive and too much salt can be dangerous. So, replace your salty snacks with crunchy fruits like apples, pears, celery sticks, carrots, and red bell peppers. Your crunch craving will be cured and you can eat as much as you want.

Try Something Different

If you’re having a big bowl of spaghetti for dinner, swap out the pasta noodles with spaghetti squash. If you’re making pizza, replace the usual dough with a cauliflower or broccoli crust. There are dozens of ways you can transform your favorite dishes into something healthier using vegetables, so why not try it?

Up the Color

A colorful plate of fruits and vegetables is not only visually appealing, it’s packed full of beneficial antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. So, heap your plate full of red, blue, purple, orange, and yellow foods and you’ll eat more and keep yourself healthy at the same time.

Have Fruit for Dessert

If you like having something sweet after dinner, don’t go for the ice cream, cookies, or cakes. Instead, have a bowl of grapes, some apple slices, or make frozen popsicles using fresh juice.

Add Fruits and Vegetables When Necessary

If you’re eating a microwavable dinner, it’s not exactly the healthiest thing for you, especially because it hardly contains any vegetables. So, when you’re in a pinch and you’re stuck having a less than healthy dinner, supplement the meal by adding fresh fruits and vegetables to your plate. Remember, you can never eat too many fresh vegetables, so stock up!

Schedule Your Visit to The Marshes’ Savannah Retirement Communities

If you’re getting ready to retire, then now is the perfect time to schedule a visit to The Marshes of Skidaway Island, one of the most luxurious Savannah retirement communities. At the Marshes of Skidaway Island, our community is dedicated to helping you live the best life possible. And, that commitment is seen in everything we do, from the menus in our dining halls to the programs we offer our members.

If you’re interested in visiting our Savannah retirement community, simply give us a call today at 800-889-6238 to schedule a visit. We look forward to seeing you!

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Perfect Gift Ideas for Seniors

The holidays are a special time of year when seniors feel young again. It is not only a time of year when memories are rekindled and families come together, it is just a lighthearted season that’s made even more fun by the sharing of gifts.

If you have a senior on your holiday gift list this year and you’re unsure what to get them, don’t worry – The Marshes Savannah senior living community has a list of gift ideas that every senior will appreciate. Here are ten gift ideas for seniors that you just can’t wrong with.

Audiobooks

Getting older isn’t always easy, especially for a senior who loves to read, but whose eyesight is starting to become strained. For this individual, getting them a subscription to Audible is a wonderful idea. Audible is the world-leading service for audiobooks and for just $14.95 per month, your loved one can enjoy a thrilling “story” per month. Other subscription tiers are also available for more voracious listeners.

Games

Whether with their family or their friends, seniors love playing games. You can choose from old standbys like checkers, chess, playing cards and board games like Monopoly to newer digital hand-held games.

Food Gifts

Food is a gift that is appreciated by any recipient, but especially seniors. Make a gift basket of their favorites. Include some fresh fruit, some cookies, some chocolate, and some of their favorite tea or coffee. If your loved one is able to have a glass of wine every now and again, then add in a bottle of their favorite wine. Another idea is to include a gift card to a local restaurant where they can enjoy a meal out on the house.

Assistance Gifts

Can your loved one use a little extra assistance from time to time? If so, there are dozens of senior assistance gift ideas to choose from depending on their unique needs, such as:

  • Oversized TV remote or calculator
  • Magnifying glass for crafting or sewing
  • Lighted alert systems
  • Jumbo timer
  • Electric can opener or scissors
  • Jar opener
  • Extendable grabber
  • Wheelchair desk
  • Bed rails

 

The Gift of Yourself

As fun and exciting it is to open up gifts at holiday time, what seniors want most is to spend time with their loved ones, so the very best gift you could ever give your loved one is yourself. So, make a plan to set aside more time with your elderly loved one. Take them shopping or to a show. Clean up their apartment and help them get more organized. Take them to their next doctor’s appointment. Or, just sit and go through some old photographs. No matter what you choose to do, your loved one will consider it the very best gift they could have ever received.

Happy Holidays from The Marshes’ Savannah Independent Living Communities

At the Marshes of Skidaway Island, our community is like one big family. But, as close as our members are to one another, nothing beats being visited by family at the holidays. We urge you to take the time to visit your loved one during this special time of year. It will be guaranteed to be a visit that both of you will truly appreciate.

If you’re interested in visiting our Savannah independent living community, simply give us a call today at 800-889-6238 to schedule a visit. We look forward to seeing you. Happy Holidays from The Marshes at Skidaway Island!

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Enjoying Thanksgiving in a Senior Living Community

For many seniors living in Savannah senior living communities, the thought of being in a different living situation during the holidays might bring on a period of depression. After all, tradition is a significant part of most family holidays, especially Thanksgiving.

But, just because you’re living in a different place doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. There might be some extra planning and preparation involved, but at the end of the day, you’ll enjoy making new memories with your loved ones. Here are some helpful tips for enjoying Thanksgiving in a senior living community.

Invite Your Family to Your New Home

Most senior living communities host a range of different events around the holidays, including a festive Thanksgiving dinner. So, find out what time the festivities start and invite your loved ones to dinner. They’ll be able to see how you’re making out in your new home, meet your friends, and enjoy a wonderful dinner together.

If you’re the one visiting a loved one in a senior community, then consider bringing a favorite family dish along with you. The food will spark wonderful memories and make the gathering more special. And, be sure to bring extra so your loved one will have enough to share with their friends and the staff.

Break Out the Family Photos

Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and nothing sparks a loved one’s memories better than looking through some old family photos. So, if you’re hosting Thanksgiving or you’re a guest, have some family photo books at the ready so after dinner is over, everybody can take a trip down memory lane. You’ll be delighted at just how interested the younger generation is in the family’s history and lore and how much remembering the happy times can get the family talking and laughing.

Bring the Old and Young Together

Many people think that there is a great divide between teens and seniors, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Teens want to learn from their elders and Thanksgiving is a great time to start building and enhancing these relationships. Bring the old and young together by playing games, sharing stories, and spending time over a cup of hot chocolate. This will be time well spent and long remembered.

Make It a Charitable Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving dinner in most American homes is an affluent affair. But, this is a time of year when you also think about those less fortunate. For many families, this means taking time to help out at local soup kitchens and charity food drives. If you want to enjoy one of the most fulfilling Thanksgivings of your life, spend it with your family volunteering to help others.

Happy Thanksgiving from The Marshes’ Savannah Senior Living Communities

At the Marshes of Skidaway Island, we encourage our members to invite their family members for Thanksgiving dinner. We know how important this holiday is for our members and their families, so we provide a wide array of events and services that will be sure to help you create new memories that you’ll treasure forever. We look forward to meeting your loved ones and helping you enjoy a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving at our Savannah senior living communities.

If you’re interested in visiting our life plan community, simply give us a call today at 800-889-6238 to schedule a visit. At The Marshes, you’ll be amazed at the life you’ll have after retirement.

 

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