June 17, 2017

Efforts by Chess for a Cause team towards engaging seniors with youth through Chess, was acknowledged with selection to attend Healthy communities summit in beautiful Augusta Convention center. Our team had a enlightening and enriching experience listening to speakers and participating in neuroplasticity exercises. The award ceremony was inspiring and we also got an opportunity to meet with Ms. Aby Cox, Director of the Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services (DAS), Ms. Minica Walters, Board Member and many other inspiring personalities.

We look forward to presenting at the Health Communities Summit next year. Thank 

May 31, 2017

The seniors at Annandale village engaged in playing games of chess and explaining how they age out loud. 

May 21, 2017

We had fun filled event at Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex, this Saturday. Firstly want to thank Ms Sabrina Hudson, Aging service Program coordinator and Ms. Lila Womack, Life Enrichment Coordinator, for giving us the opportunity to showcase chess during their community event. We were overwhelmed by the interest and enthusiasm shown by seniors, who engaged our youth to a few challenging games of Chess. They also invited us to come for more sessions. We also got additional interest from other senior living facilities in the area and we hope to expand our reach to seniors in those communities as well.

This month's theme was centered around "Older Americans Month" and age out loud. We had several seniors...

May 17, 2017

Annandale village is always very special for us as that is where we decided to start this whole project. The residents are always excited to learn and play chess on Friday evenings and the managers, Julie and Chanae will go out of the way to help us :) The sessions are held at Buddy's, which has a projector and large televisions and so the residents enjoy the chess videos and presentations that are shown to them. Julie provides yummy snacks for all of us as well !!

May 15, 2017

Today we have two wonderful chess sessions at Providence Senior Care and Wesley Woods respectively. We are glad to see more volunteers show up for the events. This time we also wanted to celebrate Older Americans Month (#oam17), by letting our seniors express themselves through "Age Out Loud" (#AgeOutLoud) selfies. We had a few interesting games today at Providence Senior Care and we look forward to the next session on the 21st May. Here are some pictures we took during today's session. 

At Wesley Woods we were able to support continuous game play as well as one one training sessions simultaneously, thanks to our new volunteers. Today being a Mother's Day we had a fewer attendees and we expect attendance to go up in our next sess...

May 7, 2017

Getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. For many aging Americans, it is a phase of life where interests, goals, and dreams can get a new or second start. Today, aging is about eliminating outdated perceptions and living the way that suits you best.

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims May 2017 as Older Americans Month

Since 1963, OAM has been a time to celebrate older Americans, their stories, and their contributions. Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the annual observance offers a special opportunity to learn about, support, and recognize our nation’s older citizens. This year’s theme, “Age Out Loud,” emphasizes the ways older adults are living their lives with boldness, confidence, and passion while serv...

May 7, 2017

This week's puzzle deals with a three move checkmate. 

Black to move and win.

Black begins with a Rook sacrifice to open up White king. Then after white king settle back to g1, white delivers the second rook sacrifice. This time it is to deliver a check mate. 

I took this from a game I played on, you can see the full game at

May 5, 2017

Arbor company let us conduct chess sessions for their residents in their movie room. They posted flyers so residents would not miss the date and time of the sessions. We had good participation and the residents enjoyed playing chess. We learnt a lot from this experience as there were players at different levels. We hope to get more residents interested in the upcoming sessions.

May 4, 2017

We had several sessions at Providence, starting Feb 25th, 2017. These sessions are especially exciting for us because the residents look forward to these sessions and they also challenge us with interesting chess moves. The staff members, Leti and Sheron are extremely sweet and helpful and make sure we have everything that we need.  

April 30, 2017

Every 66 seconds someone in the US develops Alzheimer’s. If that does not alarm you, beware that 1 in every 3 seniors is suffering from this disease. And for those money-grubbers, every hour this disease is costing 18.3 million US dollars. Alzheimer’s is one type of dementia, while it accounts for 60% of all dementia cases.

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So, what is this disease?

Alzheimer’s disease leads to progressive degeneration brain cells and tissue throughout the brain. The brain degeneration starts ten years before any symptoms are found. Deposits of proteins inside the brain cause neurons to stop functioning, lose connection with other neurons and die.

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