Virtual Activities for Social Isolation

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Virtual Activities for Social Isolation

Older adults and those with chronic health conditions are at higher risk of contracting Covid-19. Although social distancing precautions are very necessary to help flatten the curve and promote the health and safety of our communities, it can contribute to increased isolation and mental hardships. 

Staying mentally and physically active during social distancing and isolation can be challenging for families with loved ones experiencing Alzheimer’s disease. Covid-19 has created additional stress for those acting as caregivers leading to an increased risk of burnout.

When we are faced with spending long periods of time indoors it becomes necessary to find creative ways to stay active and engaged. Many free online resources are becoming available to offer support during this time. 

Listed in this blog are just a few of the resources available for caregivers and their loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or memory concerns offered by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

In addition to many resources already available through their website, the  Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has created a virtual platform to provide free public resources that can be done from the safety of your home.

  • Stretching, Fitness, and Activity Tips
  • Dancing
  • Mindful Meditation
  • Reading Suggestions
  • DIY and Craft Activities
  • Virtual Nature Visit

These community activities are available online even after the live class is hosted and can be found using the links below.

Find their Facebook Page here.

Find their YouTube Channel here.  

Here is a recent video of a virtual chair yoga group! 

The AFA main website has added helpful resources pertaining to topics such as:

  • Staying active in isolation
  • Protecting at-risk individuals
  • Caregiver stress reduction
  • Connecting with those in long term care settings
  • Navigating health and safety during reopening

To view all of these resources please visit the AFA’s Coronavirus Information for Alzheimer’s Caregivers page.  

The Alzheimer’s Association  has also provided a resource with tips for caregivers during this time that can be found here. 

Tips for Caregivers

Long Term Care Setting Recommendations

The Alzheimer’s Association is also offering virtual support groups and a 24/7 helpline for those with questions during Covid-19.

Community Virtual Activities

Many local organizations that are remaining temporarily closed to the public are offering online experiences as well such as The Oregon Zoo. They are offering many videos on their website and YouTube channels such as this one.

More Oregon Zoo videos can be found here.

Videos accompanied by an activity can be found here.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium has live cameras that can provide a calming activity. Watch the Shark, Seabird, and otter cams here.

Many zoos, aquariums, and wildlife refuges across the country offer similar virtual visiting options. It may be fun to explore places in different parts of the country or even in other countries! 

We hope you are able to enjoy some of these activities while remaining home during this pandemic.

Remember to help combat the spread of misinformation by keeping up to date with Covid-19 information from reliable sources such as The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The National Institutes of Health, and your state and local health departments.

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