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.
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:
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.
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.
There are a number of charities that will take anything you craft and deliver it for you, but you can start right near home.
Even something as simple as hanging hearts and thank you signs in your windows can help others feel loved and appreciated.
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
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.
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.
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.
There are thousands of things you can do beyond these few 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.
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