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Relaxation through Online and Board Games for Older Adults

As people age, they often face new challenges, such as physical limitations, loneliness, and increased stress levels. In order to maintain a high quality of life, it is necessary to find activities that provide relaxation, social interaction, and mental stimulation. Online and board games can be great options for older adults looking for ways to relax and manage the stress of daily life.

Online games are convenient and accessible for older adults, providing a way to engage their minds. With a wide variety of options available, from simple puzzle games to complex strategy games, there is something for everyone. These games provide a form of escapism, allowing older adults to forget about the stresses of daily life and focus on something enjoyable and stimulating. Additionally, many online games can be played with other people, providing opportunities for social interaction and a sense of community.

Meanwhile, board games offer traditional games enjoyed by people of all ages for centuries. Whether it’s playing chess, checkers, or a game of cards, board games provide a fun and engaging way to pass the time. They also offer opportunities for social interaction with friends or family members. In addition, board games can provide a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction as players work towards a common goal or competition.

Playing games, whether online or board, can also have mental health benefits for older adults. They provide a form of mental stimulation, challenging the player’s cognitive abilities, such as memory, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. This mental stimulation can help improve brain function, particularly in older adults at risk of age-related cognitive decline.

In addition to mental stimulation, playing games can also provide a sense of relaxation and stress relief. By focusing on a fun and engaging activity, older adults can take their minds off the daily pressures of life and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Additionally, playing games can provide a sense of accomplishment, increasing self-esteem and overall well-being.

It is important to note that playing online and board games is a low-impact activity, making them suitable for older adults with physical limitations. These games can be played at home without strenuous physical activity or travel.

In conclusion, playing online and board games can provide a fun and engaging form of relaxation for older adults. These games offer opportunities for social interaction, mental stimulation, and stress relief, making them a great option for older adults looking for ways to manage the stress of daily life. Whether playing alone or with others, these games provide a fun and stimulating form of escapism, helping older adults maintain a high quality of life.

Teaching Kids About Food the Fun Way

If you want something your kids could learn at an early age, what would it be? 

Most parents want their young kids to be aware of the cleanliness and neatness at home by teaching them to tidy up their beds at a young age. It’s a simple activity to train them to keep their bedroom in order.

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Other parents expose their children to the basic things they do in the kitchen, from preparing ingredients to cooking and serving the dish at the table. Cleaning after every meal is also necessary to instill in them. 

Being with kids in the kitchen is also an opportunity to bond with your little ones and keep them entertained for a few hours.

Kids Food Games

Online culinary games for children are another way to get your little ones interested in food. They will learn a lot about food and cooking the fun way. 

Remember the times when you play-pretend with the cooking set yourself? The website is pretty much the same, only that everything is virtual, and kids will get to play different games at their fingertips.

Kids Food Games has 150 online games to offer. These games help children acquaint themselves with food, farming, cooking, the culinary arts, the restaurant business, and hospitality-related careers.

What I also love about the site it provides simplified culinary terms for kids, like baking, frying, marinating, etc. It also provides different recipes of foods kids love. There are meals intended for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack time. From the website, kids can learn to develop their birthday party menu. It would be fun to learn to create their lunch boxes as well.  

Besides spending fun times with online games about food, kids learn the value of food safety and the foods that boost health. 

I’ve chosen two games from the game collections that my grown children would likely play if they were still younger. 

Pizza Party

We love pizza so much, so playing this game is a no-brainer. Kids will have fun playing this one. They will be serving guests custom-made pizzas using ingredients like tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, ham, mushrooms, basil, and pepperoni. 

This game is easier to play since you automatically get a crust at the start of each order. Almost every order (except for the ham and mushroom) starts with tomato sauce, there are a few total ingredients to choose from, and you can add each one in any order. 

Kids in the second and third-grade students will enjoy this game. Students in higher grades may find it boring until they advance to higher levels and can choose between making more advanced pizzas like quattro stagioni to go with basic margherita, marinara, and pepperoni pizzas.

Pizza Party teaches kids to be mindful of the customers’ orders and provide them with the best service possible. If you upset too many customers by serving them the wrong order or it takes too long to prepare their order, you won’t be able to collect points, and you lose the game, too.

Night of the Living Veg

If you are a fan of zombie movies and games, this game is for you. 

It’s a maze attack game where you collect baby carrots while avoiding dangerous zombie vegetables. Help Rubi move around the level using the arrow keys on your keyboard. Make sure to grab the Rubi icon for an extra life, collect all baby carrots to clear the steps, and grab the peashooter icon for ammo to fight off the zombie carrots.

You will enjoy playing this game because it will give you the adrenaline rush as you try to get Rubi away from the zombie carrots.

Some games on the website are similar to a few classic games you may have played when you were younger such as the candy blocks and donuts. It feels good to be able to share them with the younger generation. 

Online games about food may not directly teach kids the rudiments of preparing meals, but it gives them a glimpse of what’s it like to have fun with various food activities.

Solitaire: A Game of Nostalgia and Mind Exercise

Playing solitaire is more than just a game. It is a memory of the past and a way to keep the mind active in the present. For many people, solitaire is a reminder of their youth, a time when entertainment was simple, and life was not so complicated. As technology advanced, solitaire has evolved into a digital version, making it accessible to people anywhere, anytime.

Introduction to Solitaire

Many people have fond memories of the person who introduced them to solitaire. In the past, solitaire was played by elders to pass the time. Before the digital version, shuffling and dealing with cards was the norm. For many, it was a way to spend quality time with family and friends. For others, it was a way to relax and unwind.

Uncle’s Lessons on Solitaire

I reminisce about my uncle, who introduced me to solitaire. It was a game that brought back memories of my youth. Unfortunately, my uncle is no longer around, but the game of solitaire lives on.

Age-Inappropriate Card Game

My grandmother thought solitaire was age-inappropriate and did not allow me to play. However, I found solace in the game later in life when I was in college. It was a time when computers became a part of everyday life, and solitaire was a click away.

Online Version of Solitaire

In the present day, I still play solitaire. It is a game that entertains and relaxes me from daily stresses. The digital version of solitaire found at solitaire.org makes it convenient to play, and there are various free versions available. I prefer the classic solitaire and Klondike versions, which are easy to play and do not require complicated moves.

Goal of Solitaire

The goal of solitaire is simple. Using a standard 52 deck of playing cards, the player moves shuffled cards into four Foundation stacks from Ace to King. The Ace is low in Classic Solitaire, while the King is high. It is a game of concentration and skill that anyone can play.

Other Fun Online Games

Aside from solitaire, there are other fun online games that one can play. These games range from Pacman-inspired games to word search puzzles. I enjoy the Cookie Monster game, where the character eats pellets and turns ghosts into cookies. I also enjoy the Daily Word Search, which helps exercise my brain and improve my vocabulary.

Addicting Games

I find these games addicting. I enjoy seeing my improvement over time and beating my old scores. These games help me take care of my mental health, which is essential in today’s world. With social media being a source of digital drama, online games can provide a way to get busy and keep the mind occupied.

Improving Memory and Concentration

Playing online games like word search puzzles can help improve memory and concentration. I, who am in my early 50s, am already starting to become forgetful. I hope that playing word search puzzles online will help improve my memory and concentration.

Conclusion

In conclusion, solitaire is more than just a game. It is a memory of the past and a way to keep the mind active in the present. Online games like solitaire and word search puzzles help exercise the brain and take care of mental health. With what is going on around us, having something to get busy with can help fight isolation.

5 Reasons to Hire Live Music

Have you been thinking about hiring a band for your next corporate event, wedding, or simple family gathering? Here are practical reasons why you should.

1. Sets the Mood

Live music sets the general mood of the occasion or an event. Live music is the best way to entertain the guests. It made the event unforgettable for everyone who attended the event. 

When the musicians perform, it creates a relaxing atmosphere in the audience. Live music is a party icebreaker. Musicians know the exact music for the occasion. Should a gap or untoward incident arise, musicians judge the flow of the ceremony. They play the appropriate songs right away to achieve continuity and the authentic feel of the event.

Musicians entertain as they create a common ground between the older and younger audiences and social class. 

2. Plays Relevant Music for the Occasion

Professional bands for hire know the kind of music to play that suits the occasion and appeals to the guests and audiences. Band players are up to date on the current hits and still play old songs as part of their repertoire. They know the type of music guests can interact with, dance, or sing along. Performers do their job well according to the motif and provide the best sound similar to a concert scene.  

3. Makes the Event Unforgettable

Weddings are both romantic and emotional events. A live performance by a band will set the intimate atmosphere as they play your favorite love songs tailored to your likings. With your song preferences and wedding theme in mind, the audiences’ mood invigorates. The event will all the beautiful background music leave a lasting impression on the guest. 

4. Make Every Occasion Come Alive

Live entertainment is the best way to keep your guests entertained, especially when the moment gets dull. Even if some guests are not fond of dancing or singing, they will still enjoy watching the band perform. Not a single guest will leave the reception bored. The energy level of the band members entices the audience and guests to enjoy the party. It is like they have attended a concert and feel euphoric afterward.   

5. Hiring Professional Bands Saves Time

Planning and coordinating an event is both taxing and time-consuming, especially when you are the one to make the playlist. By hiring the services of musicians, it saves you so much time and energy. You can spend the extra time in other facets of the occasion. All you need to do is provide the band coordinator your music preferences and the theme for the event.  Once the proposed music is approved, you can leave everything up to the professionals and enjoy the moment with your guests.

Conclusion

Hiring a professional band for any occasion or event in your life has more benefits than you can imagine. Besides the practicality, it ensures that your audience and guests will have a great time because it makes them feel a part of the occasion. To make your guests feel special is an indication that you planned a successful event.

Activities that Help Me Get Through Lockdown

Many people have discovered they have hidden talent or skills during the lockdown. Some learned they have wanted to bake, cook, play musical instruments, or sing. Others develop hobbies like gardening, painting, reading, and writing. And some pass away the time binging on movie series or playing games to entertain themselves. All these activities have helped us get through this time.

I have my list of favorite activities that cheer me up through the lockdown. 

Online games

Playing online games keeps my sanity from the daily stresses. When I get tired from doing the household chores, I rest a bit and grab my mobile phone to play with block puzzles. It is like a mental exercise to me when I need to focus on something important.

When I am sitting in front of the laptop, I would be playing a fight virus game. It is a hospital simulation game where you get to destroy the nasty COVID-19 virtually. Even if it is just a game, it feels like you are doing your share protecting hospital workers and patients against the virus. 

To play this, tap or click on the virus to disinfect the hospital environment. By destroying the virus, you keep the hospital staff and patients safe from the virus infection; tap patients (with heart signs) to help them recover more quickly. A meter in the lower-left corner illustrates the percentage of how infected the hospital is. The game is over if it reaches more than 70 percent.

Korean Dramas

South Korean dramas are popular among their Filipino audience. I started binge-watching Korean dramas in 2016, around the time I was recuperating from a medical procedure. Watching KDramas has kept me company from boredom, and I’m still hooked, until now. I was thankful for this streamlined series because I have learned many things about Korean culture and fashion.

What is good about KDramas is that the seasons are shorter, and soundtracks are appropriate to the theme and unforgettable, too, even if I do not understand the lyrics. The funny part is I get the hang of reading subtitles fast while catching on to the scenes.

I watched almost all KDrama genres: drama, romantic comedy, melodrama, action, thriller, horror-comedy. I have tons of still unwatched KDramas on my list.

Decluttering

It is the least of my favorite activities. However, decluttering has helped me lessen my anxiety and focus on other things. It is therapeutic.

I have started putting away old clothes, a stack of newspapers, old receipts, old school books, and paper books. I am planning to sell the newspapers and schoolbooks to the junkshop. I have a bit of a problem with old clothes. Hopefully, I could find a recycling shop that would accept the clothes.

The next project will be decluttering the kitchen.

Gardening

Planting is one of the activities that hubby and I share. We do not have many plants, but we are content to see them grow every day. Gardening helps ease our worries from day-to-day activities. We are not getting any younger, and a simple hobby like this is good for our mental and emotional health.

The activities may be simple but, they help me get through the lockdown.

How about you? What are your coping mechanisms all this time? What activities do you think have helped you refocus your priorities, how it helps your mental state?