The coronavirus has changed all our lives in so many ways, especially for seniors. Our older family members are spending more and more time by themselves, cut off from friends and family. Fortunately, there are a variety of fun and stimulating activities that seniors can do that will not only help fend off loneliness, but also promote overall well-being.
With this article, we are going to discuss ten creative ways seniors can stay active and entertained while practicing social distancing.
1. Go on a virtual tour.
While you might not be able to take a tour in person now, taking a virtual trip is a great way to safely explore the world in the comfort of your own room. Visit your favourite local places online or experience some of the most incredible museums, zoos, and theme parks around the globe.
2. Take a class.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to play an instrument? Looking to pick up a new language? Want to sharpen your cooking skills? The internet is full of great online how-to’s that can deliver a myriad of interesting learning opportunities.
3. Connect with family and friends online.
Thanks to today’s face-to-face technology, you don’t have to leave your room to spend time with loved ones. There are a host of social media websites and applications that offer quick and easy video chat options. Using Facebook, Instagram, or Zoom can help you stay connected with your friends and family.
4. Write a book.
Why just read a book when you can write one? Now is the perfect time to unleash your inner author and type that novel you have always wanted to write. Google is filled with sites and videos to help guide you through the book-writing process.
5. Practice yoga.
If you have never tried yoga, what are you waiting for? This popular mind-body practice offers up a ton of physical and mental benefits, like boosting strength, balance, flexibility, and your mood. Yoga is also proven to reduce back pain, ease arthritis symptoms, and help you sleep better.
6. Create a Pinterest page.
Looking for a place to showcase your hobbies or interests? Creating a Pinterest page is a wonderful place for you to curate images and videos and share them with your friends and family. And the best part? It is free.
7. Start an online book club.
Are you an avid reader? Then why not share your love of reading by starting your very own book club? You can wait until everyone is finished reading the novel before you begin your virtual meeting or touch base with your group after every few chapters to share opinions on the latest page turner.
8. Outdoor Walk.
Walking is a great activity for seniors because it is low-impact but still provides many health benefits. Walking may be one of the easiest and most effective forms of exercise out there for seniors. Whatever your level of mobility, it’s a great way to get active, at your own pace.
9. Stream a concert.
For all those music lovers, there has never been an easier time to watch your favourite music artist. You can stream a live concert or pick from the countless musical performances available on YouTube.
10. Enjoy arts and crafts.
Be it painting, scrapbooking, or crocheting, there is nothing like expressing your creative side to help beat boredom.
At Carlton House, we know that being isolated can be difficult and frustrating for anyone. Participating in some new activities will help keep you engaged and connected during these unprecedented times.
For more ideas for seniors’ social distancing, reach out to us today.