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5 Fun Things Seniors can do During Self-Isolation

The Coronavirus has changed everything for the whole world, especially for those of us who are over 62. We’re part of that “vulnerable population” that makes the headlines daily. We also have to avoid family and friends to be cautious and stay healthy.

Fortunately, there’s still a lot that we can do to keep ourselves busy, keep our minds limber, and keep our bodies in shape.

This list of five fun things for seniors to do during self-isolation is only the tip of the iceberg. Use your imagination to think of other things that you might find exciting, fun, and fulfilling while you wisely self-isolate.

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Visit a Museum, Tourist Attraction, Zoo, or Aquarium

Museums all over the world are offering virtual tours. This means that you can “walk” through museums on a computer, a tablet, or even a mobile phone.

The list of museums is massive and they are everywhere. Here are a few:

If that doesn’t do it for you, you can always sit and watch the Atlanta Zoo’s Panda Cam or The Georgia Aquarium live feed!

It seems as if every day a museum, tourist attraction (like Walt Disney World), aquarium, or zoo puts up a new live feed. Just Google “free live feed museum” to find out who’s offering a wonderful sight for everyone free today.

Crafts for Good

Everyone could use a little help and appreciation these days. There’s a huge need for all kinds of things, from masks for front-line workers to “thank you” sweaters for nurses and doctors.

If you’re crafty and want to give back, there are many ways to sew, crochet, or knit for those who are working hard to keep our lives as normal and safe as possible.

How to Make a Face Mask

There are a number of charities that will take anything you craft and deliver it for you, but you can start right near home.

  • Call your local grocery store, gas station, or convenience store. Offer them hand-made cloth masks that their staff can wear while dealing with customers.
  • Reach out to the local hospital and ask if they would like sweaters or hand-knit caps for their staff. You can also make caps for babies since, in many cases, parents might not be allowed to drop things off.
  • Contact the local homeless shelter or food bank. You can make a difference by giving away cloth masks to those in need.

Even something as simple as hanging hearts and thank you signs in your windows can help others feel loved and appreciated.

Gardening is Great

If you like gardening, you can get outside, get some sunshine, and grow some food for yourself! If you’ve never gardened before, why not pick up a new hobby?

You don’t need a lot of space. You can do container gardening on a deck or patio. You can also reach out to your local government to see if community gardening space is available. You can still social distance and enjoy the rays of sunshine. If you live in a small apartment or a retirement home, you can grow your own herbs on a table near a window. Herbs add spice to your food, but they also


The outdoors is one of the best places to be. Being in self-isolation doesn’t mean you can’t see the sun or breathe fresh air. In fact, the air is fresher than it’s been in decades, so get out and enjoy it.

Learn Something New

There are millions of things to learn in the world. From a new language to computer programming to creative writing, there are courses that are free or very inexpensive to teach you almost anything.

With a computer or tablet and internet access, you can learn a new skill and keep your mind strong.

One of the best places to look is Coursera. They provide over 3,800 courses from some of the world’s best institutions, free of charge.

One really excellent place to learn anything is on YouTube.

  • Learn French
  • Build a birdhouse
  • Build a little free library
  • Learn astronomy
  • Anything you can think of!

There’s almost no limit to what you can learn on YouTube for free. All you have to do is go to YouTube and search any subject.

For political junkies, the US, states, and local governments have billions of documents online. If you’re interested in knowing what your local city council is up to or want to know what the US Congress is considering, you can search their websites and read the full text of every bill and document.

Get in Great Shape

Whether you’re in a room at a retirement home or you own your own home, there’s always room to exercise and stay active.

For those of us without a lot of space, but who want something familiar, you can find the Jack LaLanne show online.

There are lots of videos online from Jack and millions of others who can show you how to use the space you have to look better and feel better.

If you want to get out and walk around, this is a great time. In many places, there’s a lot less traffic than there used to be. Look for places where you can maintain social distancing and enjoy your walk.

Bonus Ideas

There are thousands of things you can do beyond these few ideas:

  • Record yourself reading children’s books for your grandchildren
  • Paint some of your own art
  • Catch up on that reading list you’ve been trying to get through
  • Write letters to friends and family
  • Start bird watching
  • Many more ideas

The world is huge, especially with some internet access and little effort.

Most importantly, don’t let your self-isolation get you down. It’s okay and understandable to feel lonely. If you find yourself getting depressed, reach out to a loved one or call a local counseling number or hotline. Let other people know that you’re blue and could use a little help. After all, you can’t get COVID-19 through a phone line.

For more senior insights, head back to the My Nurse Family blog.

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