Combatting Isolation During COVID-19

Helping Seniors Find Joy in Difficult Times

Last updated: 4/8/2020


During normal conditions, older adults are at a greater risk for isolation and depression caused by lack of ability to do things that used to bring them joy and decreased interactions with people and the world around them. During COVID-19, we are all experiencing this—and perhaps have a better understanding of the mental health challenges our senior population faces.

Our team is ready to develop a personalized plan to safely and compassionately care for your senior at-home. Call 800-588-0517 or email us to learn more.

We understand that social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth cannot stop during this time—especially for older adults. That’s why we have put together a list of stimulating activities to keep clients engaged, positive, and moving forward. Now, more than ever, we must combat isolation so common amongst seniors and keep their minds and bodies active.

Mind

AARP Free Online Games
The AARP has a number of online games available for seniors to play for free.

Coursera
Sign up to take free courses from leading universities in a huge variety of subjects.

American Archive of Public Broadcasting
A searchable archive of publicly funded radio and television from across America.

The Center for Mindful Living Virtual Events
The Center for Mindful Living is hosting a series of free online classes in meditation, yoga, and mindfulness.

Body

Go4Life Workout Videos
These YouTube videos from the National Institute on Aging offer sample workouts for older adults ranging from a 10-minute session up to a full 60-minute workout.

YMCA 360: Health & Fitness Videos
The YMCA is offering free virtual courses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Courses include a variety of activities, including workouts for active older adults and tai chi sessions.

Senior Planet Online Events
SeniorPlanet.org is hosting several virtual events for older adults during social isolation, including a morning stretch and breathing meditation class.

Spirit

The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks
Take a virtual trip through 5 U.S. National Parks. Virtual tours include activities like repelling down a glacier in Kenai Fjords, spelunking through a cave in Carlsbad Caverns, and diving a shipwreck in Dry Tortugas.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Web Cams
Go on a virtual visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium with their series of live web cams, where viewers can watch everything from penguins to otters to jellyfish.

The Metropolitan Opera Nightly Opera Stream
Watch live performances every night with The Metropolitan Opera’s Nightly Opera Stream. Live performances happen each night at 7:30pm and remain available for free for 24 hours.

Google Arts and Culture
Take virtual tours of over 500 famous museums from across the globe.

For in-home care for older adults in Washington, DC and Maryland, call 800-588-0517 or email us.