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“Old Folks” Hobbies That Are Fun For Everyone

When you think back to visits at your grandparents’ house or even your elderly neighbors down the street, you may have thought that older people were boring. Think again about some of their favorite hobbies, they might be kind of fun now, right?

Here are some things that are often viewed as “old people” things but are fun for anyone; your grandparents were probably a lot cooler than you give them credit:

Knitting, Crocheting, and Needlepoint

These hobbies have been trendy for awhile, but for decades they seemed to be solely reserved for older women. Today, you can visit an Etsy store or Pinterest and find thousands of items and images of knitting projects or needlepoint designs with bold statements (i.e. swear words).

Depending on where you live, your local breweries or bars may even host a knitting event where you can learn how to knit and drink a pint of craft beer. Don’t drink alcohol, if you stop by any independent coffee shop you’re likely to run into at least one person with a pair of knitting needles.

B-I-N-G-O

When was the last time you played Bingo? In grade school or with your grandma? Bingo is a popular game with the over 50 crowd but it’s fun for everyone. Learning how to play bingo is one of the easiest, but fun, games to play.

Grab your lucky dauber and hit the nearest Bingo game with your friends. Don’t have a Bingo Hall nearby? You can always try your luck online.

Other games to check out are Bridge and other card games.

Going to Auctions and Estate Sales

Auctions and estate sales seem to draw crowds of older folks. Maybe it’s the nostalgia, or maybe it’s just finding something for a great price. If you’ve never gone to an auction or an estate sale, it’s time you check one out.

If you appreciate vintage stuff and have an eclectic style, you can find some real treasures for a low price. Some people have turned their auction and estate sale hobby into a side business by restoring or reselling items online.

Pickleball

If you head to a retirement community, you may see some residents playing pickleball. What’s pickleball? It combines tennis, badminton, and ping-pong and can be played inside or outdoors. Next time you see someone playing, stop and ask for a quick tutorial.

Having Coffee With Friends

With technology taking over our lives, the art of a face to face conversation seems to be dying. If you stop at a diner or even a coffee shop, you’re likely to see a group of older people sitting around and talking. You don’t see anyone on their phone the whole time; you just see that they are sitting, drinking coffee, and having a good time chatting.

The concept of a simple “hangout” is so simple, but many people of other generations fail to do it or see the fun of sitting around without a smartphone. Give it a try; you might make it a daily habit.

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Can You Predict Ovulation?

If you’re trying to get pregnant, then this question has to be at the forefront of your mind. You can only conceive during your ‘fertile window’ – a period of a few days in each cycle anchored in place by when you ovulate.

For conception to occur, active sperm have to encounter a fertile egg (usually in the fallopian tubes, sometimes in the uterus), which means that you opportunity to get pregnant each month is dictated by how long both sperm and egg can survive! As healthy sperm can survive in the body for four to five days, and an egg remains fertile for between twelve and twenty four hours, this gives you a period of four to five days in each menstrual cycle when you can get pregnant.

Predicting this window of time is really important, especially if you have a plan for the ideal time you want to get pregnant and give birth. It’s absolutely vital if you’re trying to counter the fertility effects of conditions like Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, which makes ovulation rarer and less regular – identifying and anticipating that key moment is the key tool you have available to help you get pregnant.

Is there an answer, though? Plenty of products promise to be an ovulation predictor but do they work?

Ovulation Calculators

These are perhaps the most convenient, lowest effort solution available, which makes them inherently attractive to some. All you need to do is enter the date your last period started, and the length of your menstrual cycle, and it can place where you are in yours, and tell you when you’re due to menstruate.

These work well – for women with extremely regular cycles. If yours works like clockwork every month, this is a good option, but even then tools like this simply can’t pick up health issues that might cause a disruption to your cycle.

Ovulation Predictor Kits

Known as OPKs, these kits work like pregnancy test: they check your urine for a spike in a particular hormone, the Luteinising Hormone that prompts your ovaries to release an egg, in this case. If the test detects you’re experiencing a surge in this hormone it tells you’re ovulating!

The weakness of these tests is that they’re not good at picking up results if you have a disrupted hormonal background – if you have a naturally low surge of LH it may never pick it up even if you ovulate regularly!

Basal Body Temperature

This is one of the best measures, with real predictive power: your basal body temperature (the minimum it sinks to while you sleep) responds to your menstrual cycle, so taking your temperature with an accurate digital thermometer can predict when you’re due to be at your most fertile.

It can be hard work to get good readings, but with specialised products available to take some of the pain out of taking readings and turning data into predictions, it’s the best option for the majority of people!

Could You Be the Next Crime Victim?

Being a victim of crime is something no one wants to be a part of.

That said are you doing everything within your power to lower the chances of being the next victim? If you are not, you could be setting yourself up for trouble.

With that in mind, what steps can you take to steer clear of being a crime victim?

Don’t Think It Can’t Happen to You

In your quest to steer clear of ending up a victim, your first step should be to understand that it can happen to anyone.

That said you want to avoid having the notion that you are immune to it. Even when you think you’ve taken all the right steps to avoid crime, it can still surprise you.

Among some of the crimes and how you can avoid them:

1. Identity theft – One of the more troublesome crimes, identity theft can strike at any time. With that being the case, you want to have an identity protection plan backing you up. Whether you look into LifeLock identity protection service or another brand, protect yourself. Such coverage will alert you to any red flags as you look to protect your finances. The most notable is someone without authority has tried to access your finances. Remember, one successful identity theft caper can have dire consequences for your finances.

2. Property theft – No matter the items involved, property theft is another crime you want to be aware of. With that in mind, you should make sure all your property has protection at all times. An example of this would be your vehicle. Are you someone who leaves their vehicle unlocked all or most of the times? If so, you are asking for trouble. Even if you lock your car or truck on a regular basis, do not leave valuables in it. Items like laptops, phones and significant money should never be in your vehicle. If you need to leave something of value in your vehicle for only a brief period of time, lock it in the trunk. At least this way it is out of the public view should someone come upon your vehicle.

3. Home invasion – Another crime to stay on top of would be a homeinvasion. In such a scenario, a criminal would break into your home whether you are there or not at the time. If you are, things could be even worse. To best protect your home, having a security system in place is a good start. If you do not have one now, go online and see which companies offer the best systems. You can check with friends to see which home security systems they recommend. Even with a security system in place, use some commonsense too. This means not leaving doors unlocked to start with. If you are going to be away for any extended period of time, be sure to have your mail/newspapers picked up. Also make sure your grass is trimmed and any snow is shoveled. Never give off signs that your home is sitting there without you around.

In your efforts to avoid being a crime victim, will you come out on top?