2021-05-19T10:31:33+00:00

Keeping the Seniors Series: What to do During Covid

Keeping the Seniors Series: What to do During Covid

Covid happened – and it has been a trying time. But, so have a lot of other pandemics over the last 2 decades in particular, and more will inevitably follow. Just keep the faith, because we always prevail.

Covid happened – and it has been a trying time. But, so have a lot of other pandemics over the last 2 decades in particular, and more will inevitably follow. Just keep the faith, because we always prevail.


In the meanwhile, what are we to do? Seniors and retirees are at higher risk than others. And although we’ve proven that the sky isn’t the limit, we still have to play it safe.


So with that said here is a brief list of fun activities that keep us connected, stimulate the body and mind, and elevate the spirit!


The Active Indoors:

Become a collector: start a new collection or complete an existing one

Examples: books, coins, memorabilia, rocks/minerals/seashells, souvenirs, stamps, toys, trading cards

Create art: carving, ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpting, woodcraft, etc.

Gaming: backgammon, billiards, cards, checkers, chess, crosswords, dominoes, darts board, puzzles, Scrabble

Exercise: engage in meditation, stretching, tai chi, yoga

Learn to cook some homely and/or exotic culinary dishes

Needlework: crocheting, embroidery, knitting, sewing, quilting, etc.

Practice/learn an instrument: from the simple harmonica to the keyboard/piano

Read a book: catch up on new releases or re-read a classic

Stay in touch: call up friends, relatives, and acquaintances, and catch up on lost time

Video games: from Atari to Nintendo and beyond, relive the classics and test your skills

Write in a journal/diary, or write letters to friends and family

 


The Dynamic Internet Cyberspace:

Continuous learning: watch a motivational speech; learn a skill or skilled trade; enroll in a course; and much more. Many are free, others for a low fee

Examples: Coursera, Future Learn, TED Talks, YouTube, etc.

Learn a language and its culture; prepare for your next travel abroad!

Gaming: join a worldwide community for card games, chess, video games, and more for free or a low fee

Examples: AARP, Arkadium, Chess, The Jigsaw Puzzles, etc.

Join a book club: Check your local libraries/community centers or Google for more leads

Video blog: Do you have a point of view you want to share? Maybe a skill or hobby, or you perform work and want to help others with best practices? Share it online!

Virtual tourism: see the world like never before from the comfort of your home on YouTube and other sites

Examples: Kraig Adams, 4K Urban Life, Nature Relaxation, etc.

Virtual visits: Connect with friends and communities through Facebook and social media, or schedule video Sunday dinners and daily chats with friends and loved ones

Watch a documentary, motivational speech, stand-up comedy, film, or tv show; listen to music from all over the world; learn/perfect a hobby or soft skill; discover DIY (Do It Yourself) tutorials, and so much more, all for free or a low fee

Examples: TED Talks, YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney Plus, etc.

Write a blog/article and publish it online

 


The Great Outdoors:

Enjoy the setting sun, smell the spring in bloom, and surround yourself with natural beauty.


Fly a kite or play with a remote control toy (Boat, car, drone, plane)

Games: bocce, croquet, horseshoe, lawn bowling, mini-putt

Garden art: become a floriculturist or horticulturist

Hike or picnic in nature, so pack some food or BBQ

Examples: All Trails, Ontario Parks, Parks Canada

Go fishing: all it takes is a rod and a brisk walk to a local body of water

Photography

Swim at a nearby lake; go during a weekday to avoid large crowds

Walk around the block

Visit a local park

Volunteer: support your community, and show the world what you are capable of

Examples: Amnesty International, religious organizations, local food banks, mentorship programs, etc.

The world is yours to discover. Just remember to play it safe. Consult your doctor before engaging in physical activities, and remember to comply with health orders and social distancing conventions!


Contact your nearest Comfort Keepers Senior care Kitchener/Waterloo offices to get you assistance

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