5 Tips on How to Better Connect with Your Grandkids

Connecting with your grandkids can be tough. Whether they are always on their phones or you don’t get much time with them, sometimes it can seem near impossible to connect with grandkids. However, here are a few easy ways to try to bridge the generation gap.

Tips to Connect with Your Grandkids

Take the Time

Oftentimes, grandparents and grandchildren get into a routine of seeing each other only on holidays and birthdays. This reduces the interaction to big family gatherings which can make one-on-one time tough. So break the cycle and make time to spend with your grandkids specifically. Perhaps, take them out to lunch every month or have a sleepover. This will give you ample time with your grandkids to develop a close relationship.

Share Their Interests

Do your grandkids like Pokemon? Perhaps you can take them to Pokestops in your neighborhood while you hangout. Seek to understand their interests and find activities that involve their favorite things. In time, you might start to share those interests but either way, your grandkids will love it.

Help Them Get Involved in Your Interests

Sharing interests is a two-way street. If you are going to take the time to get involved in their interests, they can get involved in yours. Love classic literature? Buy them books. Can’t get enough of the theatre, take them with you to a play.

Be Yourself

Many people believe their grandchildren will only have fun if you are hip to the latest lingo or TikTok trends. But it’s much more important to be yourself. After all, how are they ever going to get to know you if you are pretending to be someone else?

Skillfully Navigate Complicated Family Dynamics

Not all families are ideals from the 1940s. In fact, many families feature complicated dynamics, especially between parents and children. That is why it is so important for you to respect your children in front of your grandchildren. Just because you don’t like your daughter-in-law, you don’t have the right to talk poorly about her in front of her children. Focus on learning to tolerate those difficult members of the family in order to have better family relations.

Be an Easy Person to Visit

It’s easy to want to stick to your regular routine or run errands when the grandkids visit. However, this can make visiting you boring or even a chore. As much as possible, try to think of fun things to do while your grandchildren visit so they enjoy their time with you. Read this article for tips on connecting across the generation gap.

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4 Surprising Psychological Secrets of Positive Thinking

You already know that diet and exercise are vital to aging happily on your terms. But there are some other things you can do to ensure you are happy as you get older. It turns out that optimism and thinking happy thoughts are just as important as eating well. Here are the psychological secrets to positive thinking. 

Positive Thinking is a State of Mind

Growing older comes with some natural changes, both good and bad. But those who see good years ahead and focus on that actually live longer. Research shows that those individuals actually have a longer life span and greater chances of living past 85. In fact, seeing your glass as half full could be just as important as having low blood pressure and cholesterol. 

The Power of Optimism

It’s hard to determine which is more important, good health or a positive attitude. However, it is possible that they both build on each other. Feeling optimistic is attributed to getting more exercise and eating better which compounds upon itself to cause you to feel happy and healthy.

Lower Chances of Getting Sick

Having a rosy outlook on the world might actually diminish the likelihood of suffering from certain illnesses. For example, it may play a role in heart health. Positive thinking can be good for your blood pressure which is one of the most important factors in heart health. 

Memory

Having a positive outlook may help with thinking and remembering. People who are optimistic are less forgetful. Additionally, they are better at problem-solving, which is a vital skill.

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Tips to Creating the Perfect Container Garden

Nancy Hartman is a Marketing Specialist at Twin Lakes. She is an avid gardener who loves talking about plants and gardening with Twin Lakes residents.

The residents at Twin Lakes both love to dig in the dirt and plant their containers.  This spring you may want to get a fresh start on your spring plantings. Here are some ideas to kick start your project and create the perfect container garden:

  • Think about your overall vision. What do you want to change about your plantings and outdoor space this year? Make a list of what you need and what you would like to have- maybe a new pot for a blank corner.
  • If you are buying a new plant, make sure you read the label before you buy it. How big will it grow and what type of sun does it need? If you are in a nursery you can usually get advice from the staff.
  • If you enjoy using herbs in your cooking or would like herbs to give away to friends, you can either have containers devoted to herbs or tuck one into a flower planter. These can be used as a green accent note while cooking or added as a fun garnish on a plate.
  • It is important that your pots have drainage holes to promote good root development and prevent rotting.
  • When designing your space, it is important to have the right plants for the containers.  Are you planting in full sun, partial sun, or shade? 
  • Make sure the plants you pick are the right size for your containers. 
  • When you make your list of items needed for your gardening project, make sure you remember the fertilizer. One of the keys to successful container gardening is fertilizer. For the best results, add a granular continuous release plant food to the soil when you plant your containers. Then add water-soluble fertilizer to your watering apparatus once every other week.
  • When your plants are looking great. Take their pictures! First, you can look at the pictures during the winter to remind yourself of how spectacular they were, and second, you can use your pictures to plan for next year.

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Twin Lakes is a continuing care retirement community in Cincinnati, Ohio, offering villa homes, apartments, rehab services and more. We’re focused on supporting the vibrant and active lifestyles of our residents so they can age well. For more information, contact Twin Lakes online or at 513-247-1300.

Solo Aging and the Social Complications of Aging Alone

As baby boomers continue to redefine aging and retirement, there is a new trend on the rise. Solo aging, or aging alone, is becoming more and more common. These new seniors are living longer, maintaining more active lifestyles, and more likely to incorporate innovations in technology into their everyday lives. Yet, these solo agers are facing problems all too common to seniors, isolation and loneliness.

What is a Solo Ager?

A solo ager is someone who is aging alone. Other terms used are elder orphans as they are people who lack family or friends that can effectively function as an aging support system.

The Numbers About Aging Alone

It seems to be a double-edged sword. The seniors retiring since 2011 tend to be more independent and self-sufficient which makes them less likely to seek companionship. According to the U.S. Census, the rate of childless individuals among boomers is close to 20% with 27% of those without children living alone. This is because the number of childless seniors has doubled since previous generations, as well as the divorce rate.

What are the Challenges?

The biggest challenge to a solo ager is who will help with long-term care should they need it? Historically, this responsibility has fallen on the adult children of seniors. They may serve as caregivers, assist with housing issues, offer emotional and financial support, and provide socialization opportunities. Not only do solo agers, or those who age alone, lack these specific supports, they also must navigate a system that often assumes adult children are an option.

However, one of the greatest challenges to seniors living on their own is the problem of isolation and loneliness. With nearly 27% of seniors living by themselves, social isolation is both common and dangerous. Although living alone doesn’t inevitably lead to loneliness, the two often go hand in hand. In fact, as of June 2020, 56% of older adults reported feeling isolated. That’s more than double the number of seniors reporting feelings of isolation in 2018. As we discussed in the 3 Benefits of Social Living, a lack of socialization can lead to all kinds of negative effects in aging. Isolation can lead to depression, weight loss, cognitive decline, and other medical complications.

The Benefits of Community for Aging Alone

These realities have significant implications as the boomer generation ages. Without any family to step up when needed, solo agers may find themselves vulnerable in the years ahead due to a drastically shrinking market for paid caregivers. That is where a senior lifestyle community comes into play. 

Not only does a Continuing Care Retirement Community provide support that may not otherwise be accessible, but it also provides a thriving community of your peers with whom to socialize. This is especially important in instances where individuals have experienced the loss of a spouse. The loss of a spouse is heartbreaking and without a strong emotional support system, the experience can compound upon itself. 

In planning for your future, the possibilities of aging alone are a reality for more and more people every year. It’s important to know the challenges as well as the alternatives that are available.

Life Enriching Communities, Inc. (LEC), is an integrated family of lifestyle communities and senior living services in greater Cincinnati and Westlake, OH. Best known for our Twin Towers and Twin Lakes senior living communities, and our recent affiliation with Concord Reserve in Westlake, we have made aging well a top priority for nearly 120 years.

Improve Your Health and Feel Better With a Great Activity and Diet

Eating healthy foods and staying fit may help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight, improving how you feel. Improving your health with regular activity and a great diet overflows from just fitness to improve your mood and reduce inflammation in joint pain. It’s never too late to start living your best life.

Improve Your Health

Why Should I Improve My Health

Aside from making you feel better, there are many health-related conditions that can be largely prevented by maintaining a healthy diet and activity level. Some of these conditions are:

But improving your health is all about preventing things from happening and enhancing your abilities. Here are a few things that might improve with your new lifestyle:

  • Have more energy
  • Feel better about yourself
  • Reduce stress
  • Set an example for your grandkids

Your friends and family could be a great source of support as you work toward your goal of healthier habits. 

Should I Talk to a Professional

You shouldn’t need to talk to your doctor if you are starting a less intense activity routine, like walking. However, if you have a chronic condition, like high blood sugar, talk with your health care professional about the type of activity and amount that would be best for you.

How Much Activity Do I Need?

To improve your health, aim for roughly 150 minutes of activity per week or 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week. Moderate activities are ones that you can talk, but not sing while performing the activity. You should be breathing more heavily and sweating. This means your heart rate is raised, which is what we are working towards.

Handling Mental Roadblocks

It’s not always easy to just become more active. People have different reasons for finding difficulty in increasing their daily activity. If you hit one of these roadblocks, try some of our tips for overcoming them.

I Don’t Have Time

Can’t find the time to do a full 30 minutes? That’s alright. Just find time to do a few minutes of activity like jumping jacks or planks. You can find a few minutes, can’t you?

It Costs Too Much

Yes, it’s true that gym subscriptions can be costly. However, if you live in a senior community, you often have free access to the gym. If not, you don’t need a gym to stay active. Try walking around your block or find free workout videos online. YouTube is a great resource for finding new routines to keep you interested in your workout.

It’s a Chore

Well, it certainly can be, especially if you haven’t been active for a while as is common after an injury or surgery. However, with some effort, you can get back on the right track and kick it into high gear. Try asking a friend to workout with you. This will help keep you accountable.

How Can I Eat Healthier?

We all know that healthy eating requires fruits and veggies with some small portions of protein and whole grains. These foods provide essential nutrients like fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Whether you are planning meals to make at home or trying to improve your eating habits at restaurants think about including:

  • Salads
  • Fat-free products
  • Different colored fruits
  • Lean protein
  • Whole grains

Handling Mental Roadblocks

Try these tips for handling the mental roadblocks that come with changing your diet.

I Don’t Have Time to Cook Healthy Meals

Eating healthy doesn’t have to take up a lot of your time. Nor do you even need to cook at home, though it might help. If you are living in a senior lifestyle community, many offer healthy meal plans. If you are living independently, here are a few ways you can prepare healthier meals:

  • Buy frozen or pre-cut veggies
  • Make extra when you cook for leftovers
  • Try online sources like YouTube to help you make healthier meals

It Costs Too Much

You don’t have to spend a fortune to eat better, try some of these tips:

  • Avoid buying single portion snacks that cost more.
  • Clip coupons
  • Buy fruits and vegetables when they are in season

You Can Do It!

Really, you can. If you’ve made it this far then you have already taken the first step to a healthier and happier you. Set your goals and start your improved health routine. No matter what happens after this point, just remember, you can do it!

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7 Unique Tips and Tricks to Boost Your Upcycling Skills

You’ve seen them on Pinterest and Etsy and now your interest in upcycling is piqued. With a little time and imagination, you too can get in on this eco-friendly trend. 

What is Upcycling

Upcycling is a process by which old products are modified into new products. In upcycling, you may find items in your home you no longer use and with a little hardware and elbow grease, the end result is an item that is significantly changed from the original. This can vary from simply cutting off the sleeves of a t-shirt to make a tank to transforming the table into a completely different piece of furniture. Simply put, upcycling is the process of re-adapting or repurposing items in creative ways for new use.

Examples

There are many ways you can upcycle items, though they are primarily broken down into three categories.

Upcycling Fashion: 

With the advent of “fast fashion,” knowledge that the process of textile manufacturing has increased recently. The production process requires enormous amounts of energy, water, and polluting chemicals. This has created a boom in upcycled fashion. This is the process of repurposing clothing items for new use. Often this occurs with damaged clothes or articles of clothing that no longer fit. If shirts are damaged, it may be patched or broken down into scrap cloth. If a dress no longer fits, it may be adjusted to fit again by sewing a strip of cloth down each side.

Upcycling Furniture: 

Got a broken coffee table? It might be time to repurpose that old piece of junk into something more useful. From busted shelves to old doors, there are many ways to upcycle your furniture.

Industrial Upcycling: 

This one is difficult for the average person to take advantage of, however it still merits discussion. Industrial upcycling is the process by which established manufacturers reuse waste products for the customer cycle. This is often seen in things like reused plastics to make water bottles and pencil cases.

What’s the Difference Between Upcycling and Recycling?

Technically, upcycling is a type of recycling, however, recycling focuses on materials like paper, plastic, metal, and glass to break them down into base materials and create new products that way. Think of the type of industrial upcycling we mentioned earlier.

The Benefits

If we take a look at upcycling from the macro view, it is easy to see the eco-friendly benefits. Wide-spread upcycling and recycling reduces the emission of things like CO2 and reduces the impact on landfills. This occurs because the life cycle of the items are extended. Additionally, it is a way to have fun and even make a little money.

Tips

Now that you are excited to begin your upcycling journey, here are your upcycling tips!

  • Preparation: Planning ahead is the key to ensuring you have the right equipment and tools you will need to finish the job easily. Be sure to clean the item you plan on upcycling and factor in the amount of time you will need to finish the project just in case you need to make any corrections to your work.
  • When you look at old items, use your imagination. This is where you get to really flex your creative muscles. Envision what the item could be instead of what it is since you can break it down and use the materials rather than simply repainting the item. Old ladders can be used to hang plants and old doors can be transformed into corner shelves. Your only limit is your mind.
  • Did you find a piece of vintage furniture at a high-priced boutique? Try looking at second-hand shops for similar items and fixing them up. You might even have something hanging out in your own attic. Fixing it up will be a fraction of the price and you could even turn around and sell it if you want.
  • Speaking of vintage furniture, if you are upcycling an item, make sure you try to match the upcycle with the era the item is from. This will help if you are going for an authentic upcycle.
  • Spend your money on a set of good tools. Want to repaint an old cabinet? Buy good brushes. Want to transform a shelf? You might want some reliable power tools. All of these things cost money but could pay for themselves in the long run.
  • Have fun! Though there are environmental and financial reasons you might be looking into upcycling, the only real reason to get into upcycling is that you enjoy it. You are bound to run into problems and spend a bit of money, however, if you keep your mind on the fun of a creative outlet those will seem like minor issues.

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Master Your Exercise Routine to Improve Sleep

Sleep. The thing none of us do as much as we need. But there are simple ways to improve your sleep and sticking to an exercise routine. Working out is both great for your mind as well as your body and is also essential for getting in a good sleep routine.

The Science of Exercise and Sleep

Scientists don’t exactly understand why physical activity helps with sleep and may never completely understand the connection. However, they do know that moderate aerobic exercise is directly connected to increasing the slow-wave sleep you get. Slow-wave sleep is the stage of your sleep cycle where your brain and body has the chance to rejuvenate.

Another way exercise may aid in improved sleep is due to mood stabilization. Nearly any level of activity has an effect on an individual’s ability to regulate anxiety which can help you get to sleep faster.

When to Exercise for Improved Sleep

The timing of your exercise routine may matter as much as how you exercise. Some people find that physical activity that occurs close to their bedtime seems to keep them up all night. This makes sense due to the fact that physical activity jump-starts your metabolism which makes you feel energized. Additionally, your body releases endorphins when you exercise which can cause you to feel alert and promotes brain activity. Because of this, it is best to exercise earlier in the day.

How Much Exercise Do You Need?

People who exercise for at least 30 minutes a day see a marked difference in their sleep habits and sleep quality. Fortunately, it won’t take very long to see the difference and the benefits should be almost immediate.

Want to learn more about getting your Z’s? Check out this article about how you might be sabotaging your sleep!

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The Simple Science of Kindness and How We Can Improve

We all know the golden rule; do unto others as you would have them do unto you. But why do we value kindness so highly that it becomes one of the first lessons we teach our children? Here, you will learn the science of kindness and how you can master it to improve your life.

What is Kindness

The definition of kindness is the act of being generous, considerate, or friendly. But kindness is so much more than a simple definition. Think about it. Would you like others to describe you as kind? Are you inclined to associate with people you identify as kind? And think of how being described as kind is different from just being a “nice” person. Certainly, being nice is part of being kind but the idea seems more personal. Well, that’s because it is. Kindness can be interpreted and misinterpreted based on the personal experiences and desires of the people giving and receiving kindness. That’s what makes giving recognized acts of kindness so important because kindness is personal.

The Science of Kindness

Studies indicate that as humans, we are hardwired to be kind. But we can improve our lives by regularly practicing kindness in adulthood. In fact, it can be even more important to regularly practice kindness in adulthood because the stress of day-to-day life can cause us to lose sight of our inherent generosity.

Kindness, along with empathy, allows us to relate to other people and maintain positive relationships. However, aside from helping us relate to our friends and family, kindness is also good for you in a variety of ways.

Kindness Releases Feel-Good Hormones

So, why are we psychologically predisposed to kindness?  Most research indicates the reason kindness makes us feel good is all because of a little hormone called oxytocin. Oxytocin is a powerful asset in feeling connected to one another. Sometimes called “the love” or “cupid” hormone, oxytocin plays a role in developing social bonds and trust for other people. Most importantly, oxytocin is a natural way to fight pain and depression. Interestingly enough, it can be released when performing a number of actions, and being kind is among them.

Kindness Helps With Anxiety

Whether you suffer from mild nervousness or an extreme panic condition, anxiety is an extremely common experience. There are many ways to cope with this condition. It turns out that one of the easiest and least expensive is to be nice to other people. Studies show that social anxiety is connected to low positive affect in social situations. This means the perceived  positivity of regular interactions is minimal and they feel little joy or interest in social situations. However, researchers found that those who committed kind acts to others displayed an increased feeling of positivity in the same social situations.

So, if you are feeling a little anxious about an upcoming social event, seek opportunities to help others.

Kindness is Good For Your Heart

Being kind can be heartwarming in more ways than one. Kindness can actually affect the chemical balance of your heart. As discussed earlier, kindness releases oxytocin, which in addition to helping us bond it also causes the release of nitric oxide in the blood vessels. This dilates the blood vessels which increases the flow of blood and oxygen in our bodies which reduces blood pressure.

So, if you are looking to improve your heart health, try warming the heart of friends and family on a regular basis.

Kindness Helps With Longevity

We all want to live longer and being kind to others can help. Studies show that people with a strong network of close friends and family experience a reduced risk of heart disease. Kindness to others is one of the best ways to grow this strong network. People like being around people who are nice to them and make them feel cared about. Kindness is the simplest way to do so.

Kindness Prevents Illness

According to a study of older adults ages 57-85, volunteering was strongly associated with lower levels of inflammation common in this demographic. The little love bug, oxytocin, also reduces inflammation.

How to Better Practice Kindness

So, now that you know the benefits of being kind, here are a few ways you can practice kindness every day.

Little Acts of Kindness

Try to actively think of how you can help and show appreciation to people in your life.

  • Next time you are getting a cup of coffee, genuinely ask the barista how their day is going.
  • Haven’t heard from your friend for a little while? Reach out and ask them out to lunch on you.
  • Out grocery shopping? Pick up a little treat just for your significant other.
  • When people are speaking to you, try to focus entirely on them and what they are saying without letting your mind wander.

Be Kind to Yourself

This one can be particularly hard, but negative self-talk can be extremely toxic and gets in the way of being kind to others. Try:

  • Telling yourself you are good enough.
  • Treating yourself to something you enjoy.
  • Practicing mindfulness.

Be Generous

There are a number of ways you can be generous, but here are a few:

  • Be generous with your time.
  • Be generous with your words and actions.
  • Give generous signs of affection (could be physical or verbal).

Think of Those Who Are Kind to You

Have you experienced kindness from someone else? Why not return the favor:

  • Write them a note letting them know you appreciated their kindness.
  • Do them a little favor without them having to ask.

Try Not to Judge Others

The saying goes, hurt people hurt people. If you experience unkindness, try not to judge the unkind person. Not only will you not be contributing to a cycle of negativity, but you might also even help that person stop from continuing to be unkind.

As you can see, kindness is the secret to a healthier life, so share a smile or a kind word with someone today!

Concord Reserve is a continuing care retirement community in Westlake, Ohio. We’re focused on supporting the vibrant and active lifestyles of our residents so they can age well. For more information, contact Concord Reserve online or at 440-871-0090. Concord Reserve is a continuing care retirement community in Cleveland, Ohio.

25 Creative Questions for Deep Conversations with New People

It’s not always easy to connect with new people, especially if you’ve just moved to a new community. It can be scary to meet new people at any age. However, one of the best ways to get people talking is to ask them interesting questions about themselves. Here are some of the most interesting questions to ask for deep conversations.

The Science Behind Deep Conversations

So, why ask these questions? Well, it turns out there is a bit of science behind which questions spur the best conversations and the following questions are a mix of the following categories:

  • Gratitude: what we are grateful for.
  • Nostalgia: what we value in the past.
  • Sharing: what we learn about each other.
  • Advice: what we need to hear.
  • Commonalities: what we have in common.
  • Preferences: how we like to be treated.

Questions to Ask for Deep Conversations

  1. What was your happiest moment as a child?
  2. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received and how have you used it in your life?
  3. If you won the lottery and started a business, what business would it be?
  4. What’s something you want to do this year that you’ve never done before?
  5. Who or what has changed your life the most significantly?
  6. What’s your love language?
  7. How do you best connect with others?
  8. Are you a giver, taker, or matcher?
  9. If you could take a long, paid, sabbatical what would you do?
  10. Who do you trust most?
  11. What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever done and would you do it again?
  12. What is your favorite family tradition?
  13. What’s your favorite quote?
  14. What are three of your most positive characteristics?
  15. What are two things you think we have in common?
  16. Who is someone you admire?
  17. Where are the top three places you would like to travel to?
  18. What are three things you are grateful for?
  19. If there were more hours in the day, what would you do more of?
  20. How do you like to be comforted?
  21. What’s holding you back from being the person you want to be?
  22. Are people better at creation or destruction?
  23. What is something you think of as an everyday miracle?
  24. What does the ideal life look like?
  25. If you could create your own planet, what would you put on it?

Now get to talking!

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When is the Best Time to Move to a Senior Living Community Near You?

The simple answer is whenever you are ready. A great place to start is asking yourself if you are ready to give up the burden of home maintenance and simplify your life. However, there are certain times when moving to a new community is better than another. From the time of year to move-in deals, learn what you need to know about choosing the best time to move to a senior living community near you!

When is the Best Time to Move to a Senior Living Community?

Look For Senior Community Move-in Specials

First, let’s review what type of move-in specials and discounts are usually offered. As a savvy senior, you understand that comparing prices is easy. However, the best long-term plan goes just a little further than that, and winning the best deal means knowing what to look for. Many retirement communities feature move-in specials to ensure their maximum occupancy. Here are the most common senior community discounts:

  • Reduced monthly fees (or rent)
  • Community fees may be waived (also referred to as an entrance fee)
  • Extended rate lock (locked into a certain price for an extended period of time)
  • Free upgrades
  • Vouchers for extra services like dining, housekeeping, or other amenities

Best Time of Year to Move to a Senior Living Community

There is a distinct moving season for a reason. Some times of the year are significantly better to move than others and it is during these times that you will find many vacancies. Peak buying and selling for homes occurs from May through to August. The downside, however, is that you will pay premium prices if you move during these times. This goes for the community you move to as well as paying movers and storage. During this time of year, moving costs can rise by as much as 30%.

The holiday season also brings some interesting considerations when it comes to the best time to move. Even without the additional stress of moving, the holiday season presents its own specific moving challenges. Oftentimes, people rely on family and friends to help with a big move, so the holidays present a unique obstacle in getting everyone together. However, since there may be more family members home for the holidays — like college-age grandchildren — this can be an added benefit. 

Here are the best times to move:

  • Non-rainy parts of the year (usually after April)
  • Non-peak moving months (after August)
  • Before or after the holiday season
  • Most importantly, whenever you are ready

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