Social distancing is one of the most important measures we all need to take against the spread of the novel coronavirus. However, socially distancing ourselves from our family members and friends can be detrimental to our physical and mental health and well-being. To stay healthy and happy during the COVID-19 pandemic, you should encourage your loved one to engage in senior-friendly activities that can take their mind off the situation. Here are 7 activities for seniors during social distancing.
Reading provides the mental stimulation that can keep the brain sharp and healthy for longer. It is also a good way for seniors to forget about the pandemic for a little while. You can bring some books to your parent or show them how to order books online. For additional stimulation, it is a good idea to organize a book club and have your whole family share thoughts on a particular book.
Arts and crafts are not just a good distraction from news about the virus, they are an excellent opportunity for your loved one to express their creativity. Some of the most loved crafts include coloring, knitting, making cards, painting, sketching, and sewing.
Physical activity plays an important role in maintaining health. To move their body and boost their balance, strength, and flexibility, ultimately prolonging their independence as well, your loved one may wish to try exercises like weightlifting, walking, running, yoga or stretching.
Your family can play games together even if you cannot all be in one room. You can join an online community such as Board Game Arena and play games including bingo, checkers, dominoes, scrabble, and others.
Museums worldwide are closed due to the pandemic, but that does not mean your loved one cannot see their collections. Here are just come Canadian museums that offer virtual tours of their collections:
By subscribing to a streaming service like Netflix or Hulu, your loved one can watch thousands of movies from around the globe. Many older adults particularly enjoy watching movies that were popular when they were young as it brings back memories, which they can then share with their families.
It is highly beneficial for your loved one to go for a walk every now and then. If you are concerned about the virus and there are too many people in your local park, you may wish to drive your loved one to a remote place in nature and spend some quality time with them in nature.
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