A Community Connection Guide For Older Adults

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During these challenging times of social distancing, we hope this collection of resources helps you connect with family and friends and fills your days with fun activities.

In this guide, you will find instructions and links to the following: How to make a video call, games, music playlists for sing-a-long, virtual museum tours, exercises to keep your mind and body healthy, and much more!

Please feel free to share this resource guide with anyone you think would benefit from it. While the activities are geared toward seniors, all ages can enjoy these activities. Special thanks to Riley Trainor, a pre-med. intern with Moon River Senior Care for her creativity and vision for the Community Connection guide.
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Below are some fun and interactive activities that can be done from home! Click on any blue link to access it!

Connecting With Family & Friends

Zoom

Click here for video tutorials on how to use Zoom

To Join A Call Started By Someone Else

  • Check your email for the invitation (tip: search “Zoom” in your inbox)
  • Click on the link to join the meeting
  • If it is your first time, you will be prompted to download zoom, otherwise, you will be prompted to launch zoom

OR

  • If you were given a code to join from someone, you can type that in after clicking “join a meeting” on the Zoom homepage and join the meeting that way

To Start Your Own Call

  • To sign up, click the orange sign up for free button
  • Go through the sign up steps using any email address you want, you will have to confirm your account with an email they send to that address
  • To start your own call, click “schedule a meeting” in the upper right hand corner
  • You can then pick the time you’d like the call to be
  • Once you’ve scheduled the meeting, there will be a column that says “Join URL”. Click “copy the invitation” and then you can paste that into an email to anyone you want to be able to join the call

Google Hangout

To Join A Call Started By Someone Else

  • Check your email for the invitation (tip: search “Hangout” in your inbox)
  • Click the green “join meeting” button to join on your computer

To Start Your Own Call

  • Sign in with a Gmail account (if you need to create a Gmail account, use this link)
  • Click “video call”
  • Click “join or start a meeting”
  • Click “continue”
  • Allow access to camera
  • Click “join now”
  • A box will pop up to let you add others. You can add their email address (add people button at the bottom of the pop up) so that they can join on their computer

Exercises, Yoga, and Meditation

Yoga For Seniors – Slow & Gentle

Chair Yoga For Seniors

Yoga For Hands, Fingers, Wrists

20 Minute Exercise Video for Seniors

Stretching Exercises for Seniors

30 Minute Senior Zumba Class with Music

10 Minute Easy Home Workout for Seniors

10 Minute Meditation for Inner Peace

10 Minute Guided Breathing

14 Minute Guided Meditation on the Body, Space, and Awareness


Trivia & Games

Wheel of Fortune (scroll down to click “play now”)

Play Online Chess

Play Online Sudoku

Online Games (pool, solitaire, backgammon, black jack, bridge, word scramble, etc)

Jigsaw Puzzles (categories are on the left side of the screen)

Play Online Scrabble

Watercolor Game (catch flowers by moving the fan to move the balloon)

Play Loops Of Zen (click the “game” tab, no need to sign up)

Digital Escape Room – Alice in Wonderland

Digital Escape Room – Marvel’s Avengers

Learn Bird Songs Game

50’s, 60’s & 70’s Trivia Quiz!

  • Register for free with an email address
  • Click “Play”
  • Under “Basic” click “Launch Game”
  • Click the music note in the top right corner for theme music
  • Click the arrow in the top left corner to move through the game

Wheel of Fortune

  • Register for free with an email address
  • Click “Play”
  • Under “Basic” click “Launch Game”
  • Click the music note in the top right corner for theme music
  • Click the arrow in the top left corner to move through the game
  • Answers can be found in the Game Preview tab under “Content”

Music Playlists

Greatest Hits Of The 60’s

Motown Greatest Hits

Benny Goodman Greatest Hits

Tommy Dorsey Greatest Hits

Glenn Miller Greatest Hits

Beach Boys Playlist

Andrea Bocelli Playlist

Hawaiin Cafe Music

Frank Sinatra Greatest Hits

Dean Martin Greatest Hits

Classical Music for Relaxation (Chopin, Beethoven, Liszt)

Janis Joplin Playlist

John Denver Greatest Hits

The Beatles Greatest Hits

French Chansons (Edith Piaf, Reinhardt & Grappelli)

Nat King Cole Greatest Hits

Jazz Divas
Best of The Carpenters

Vintage Jazz Cafe

Patriotic American Songs Sing-Along

Classic Songs for Senior Sing-Along I

Classic Songs for Senior Sing-Along II

Disney Sing-Along Pt 1

Disney Sing-Along Pt 2

Frank Sinatra Sing-Along

Spotify (free download, all kinds of music and playlists)


Humor

The Sound of Music Covid Parody

Neil Diamond Changes Lyrics of “Sweet Caroline”

“Kokomo” Coronavirus Parody Song

“We Didn’t Spread The Virus” Billy Joel Parody

“Dorothy’s Song” Covid Version

“Stayin’ Inside” Bee Gees Parody

If Disney Songs Were About Quarantine

Under The Sea (In Quarantine)

Coronavirus Jokes to Make You Smile


Arts & Crafts

Virtual Sketchpad

Mrs. Moore’s Online Art Palette (make a snowflake, create your own Pablo Picasso,
make sand art, etc)

Printable Coloring Pages

Printable Mandala Coloring Pages 1

Printable Mandala Coloring Pages 2

Bob Ross – The Joy of Painting


Visit a Museum, Zoo, or National Park Virtually

Live Animal Cams at the San Diego Zoo

Live Cams at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Take a Virtual Tour of the Louvre

Walk the Great Wall of China

Take a Virtual Tour of the Guggenheim

Explore Yellowstone National Park in 3-D

Listen to the World with the New York Times

Visit the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam

Visit the Dali Theatre-Museum in Catalonia

Explore Pieces at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC

Tour the National Museum of the United States Air Force


Take a Virtual Hike or Walk

Hike Through Redwood National Park

Forest Walk through Franklin Falls Trail

Stroll Through Busy Manhattan

Walk Through Rockefeller Center

Hike Through the Hoh Rain Forest

Take a Walk in the Rain Through Boston, MA


See The World

Cities Around The World Playlist

Tours Around The World

Rick Steves’ Travel Guide

Explore Greenland – Land of Ice

Explore the Icelandic Coasts

The Sights of Morocco

Visit Costa Rica

Bird Watching in Costa Rica

Walking Tour of Venice

Take a Walk Through Egypt

Blue Angels Cockpit Video

Car Race In Germany

Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Myanmar


Audio Books, Podcasts & Concerts

Audible (over 300 free audio books of all kinds of genres)

This American Life by NPR (search for episodes in the “Archive”, each week has a different theme)

Radiolab (episodes about science and the strange world around us, scroll down to play an episode)

The Rewatchables Podcast (episodes about movies)

UVA Professor Reads a Chapter of Don Quijote Each Day (Spanish)

Broadway Living Room Concert

Virtual Orchestra – What The World Needs Now

A Special Performance of “Rainbow Connection” from Kermit the Frog

Beethoven’s 9th Symphony Performance

Joe Hisaishi Full Concert

American Ballet Theatre – Swan Lake

Bolshoi Ballet – Jewels

Bharatanatyam Classical Indian Dance

Riverdance Full Performance


Movie Night

Free Movies (over 200, click on the title next to “where to stream” to be taken directly to the movie)


News

Some Good News with John Krasinksi (highlights of good news around the world)

Good News Network

Tank’s Good News


Calming Activities & Videos

Jellyfish Aquarium

Coral Reef Aquarium

Ocean Waves on Tropical Island

Gentle Waves on the Beach

Waves of Paradise

Rain & Thunderstorm Sounds With Crackling Fireplace

Downton Abbey Music & Ambience, Sunrise at the Crawly Estate

Crackling Virtual Fireplace

Watch the Sunset Live in Naples, Florida

Garden Pond with Birds

Seaside Market Ambience

Cozy Italian Cafe Ambience


Misc. Activities

  • Do a scavenger hunt with magazine or newspaper clippings
  • Cook a favorite or new recipe with food you already have in the house
  • Have an indoor picnic with tea sandwiches and a DIY charcuterie board
  • Learn how to knit/crochet
  • Make cards to send to loved ones
  • Listen to church/worship services on YouTube
  • Call someone you’ve been meaning to catch up with
  • Look through photo albums and share stories about when they were taken

 

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