As we all settle in for a week (who even knows anymore?) of social distancing, increasingly, we’re realizing that it’s best to think of it as “physical distancing.” That’s because we need to focus on the many ways that we can remain active and communicate socially while having fun and staying safe.
If you're tired of Sudoku and puzzles, yet can’t bear to watch TV on repeat, here are eight ways that you can stay social while maintaining a physical distance.
1. Get crafty.
Whether you love to knit, crochet, paint or sculpt, now’s the time to put your inner artist to work. Make it a fun family challenge by designing a “craft of the week” and having all your family members participate; then share your results via photographs, or, even better, on a virtual video call. Pinterest always has fresh ideas for fun craft projects or join Amaran Senior Living for the “Fun Fridays” call it hosts weekly. We enjoy a cup of coffee together and share the craft projects we’re working on, along with other fresh ideas for how you’re staying occupied during social distancing. We hope you’ll join us each Friday at 3:30 PM on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/376199582?pwd=KzVFcHp6UnJXWThCU0FvNVNqcU16QT09
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2. Find your green thumb.
Whether you’re a master gardener or just enjoy the pop of color from a few flowers in a pot, there’s no time like the present to get gardening. Many seniors find that raised beds are the perfect way to enjoy the thrill of digging in the dirt, without having to bend and twist quite as much. If you have family or friends in the area, see if they can help you set up your outdoor space for raised beds for flowers or veggies or even just deliver a few pots and flowers for you to enjoy. If your outdoor space isn’t conducive to a garden setup, consider growing some herbs in small pots in your window sill. There’s nothing better than eating the fruits (or herbs or veggies!) of your labor.
3. Make music.
We’ve all been inspired by the videos we’ve seen of local towns and streets joining together in song. If you live in an apartment building or neighborhood, see if others in your vicinity would be interested in doing a nightly or weekly performance. Choose a song that people of all generations know (“Sweet Caroline” might be a rousing favorite to start with) and set up a time where everyone can sing in unison. If you have a musical instrument languishing in a closet, dust it off and learn a few notes to play along. You might be surprised at the talent you didn’t even know your neighbors had.
4. Host a talent show.
And, speaking of talent, now’s the time to see what everyone can do. If you do regular video calls with family or friends, give the next one a theme and have everyone perform a talent of some type—it will keep you busy all week perfecting your comedy routine, magic tricks or storytelling capabilities.
5. Help others.
The needs in local communities are great, and many can be served right from home. Whether you’re adept at making masks or just ordering supplies, call your local community church, food bank or senior center to see if there are any specific needs you can meet. At Amaran Senior Living for example, we are hosting a “Knock and Drop” campaign, where people can call in asking for a basket of essentials to be delivered to themselves or a senior they know within the community. Amaran’s team assemble baskets with a variety of items, which may include toilet paper, hand sanitizer, gloves, snacks, and magazines. Call us at 505-227-8366 to find out more.
6. Learn something new.
We can all benefit from a new skill, whether it’s how to do chair yoga, paint or speak a new language, and there are numerous resources out there for taking classes. This link has a wide variety of options from Ivy League and art school courses to learning more about feng shui and world literature. Amaran Senior Living also holds a virtual education series with monthly topics. Email Luis Trujillo at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about the May topic.
7. Take a virtual trip.
Always wanted to visit a certain city, museum or attraction like a zoo? Try a virtual field trip; even better, attend with your grandkids or friends and talk about your favorite parts on your next phone call. Here’s a great list to get you started.
8. Eat with a friend (virtually of course).
Finally, remember that camaraderie is more important than ever these days as many of us are adapting to new routines that can leave us feeling isolated. One great way to beat the loneliness is gathering a group of friends for a group lunch. At Amaran Senior Living we have created a “Founders Luncheon” for our residents-to-be to give them a taste of the wonderful meals they’ll be eating when they move in this fall. We invite you to learn more about our Founders Club and how you could have lunch delivered each month while dining with your future neighbors virtually.
Want to know more about how Amaran Senior Living is helping seniors stay active while safely sheltering in place? We invite you to visit our website and learn more about Amaran Senior Living.