Staying Home – Staying Social: 8 ideas for staying engaged and enjoying life
This time of social distancing doesn’t need to be a time of isolation. Here are a few ideas to stay engaged and enjoy life:
- Write cards or letters to your loved ones. Handwritten notes are an art of days gone by, and younger generations would benefit from learning it. Your notes will mean so much to those you care about, and those who care about you.
- Video chat with a friend or family member. It’s as easy as a phone call with apps like FaceTime, Whatsapp, Google Hanouts or Messenger.
- Watch a show on television with a friend, even when you are physically apart. Plan something you would both enjoy seeing, and plan a start time. You can even use the phone to share comments during the show or after.
- Become a family historian. Write on the back of photographs the names, places and dates you recall. Even a rudimentary drawing of a family tree would help future generations tremendously.
- Voice-record your childhood stories. Use your own recording device, or hire a personal historian to help you through the process. Contact Gloria at Real to Reel for more information about professional services, 503-645-0616.
- Participate in a virtual book club. Reading together with others is a great way to connect! For practical help on how to start a book club visit Senior Living: https://www.seniorlivinglink.org/articles/senior-living-blog/post/how-to-run-a-book-club-for-seniors
- Use a phone outreach service, like My Hello Line, to participate in group calls or get matched with another person for regular conversation. Call 866-543-3246 for more information about this service.
- Use a licensed in-home care service, like United Homecare Services, to provide companionship, respite, and other practical helps to keep loved ones safe at home.
Staying home can be enjoyable and socially fulfilling when you get creative.
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