Staying Engaged During a Pandemic

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Jul 17, 2020

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One year ago, we had never heard the term, novel coronavirus COVID-19. Now, every day we are hearing or reading about the virus behind our current global pandemic. The effects of the virus are profound physically, economically, and emotionally.
Among the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and reinforced by Pennsylvanias Governor is social distancing keeping a six-foot physical distance between you and another person. While important in the current environment, social distancing can create issues of isolation and boredom, regardless of an individuals age or location.
Here are some ideas to help you stay active physically and emotionally during these times.

Technology platforms like FaceTime and Zoom create opportunities for real-time discussions.
FaceTime requires only a smart phone. It provides a one-on-one opportunity for a phone call during which both parties can see each other. Think creatively about how you might make that call fun. Take your phone outside and show your FaceTime friend your garden.
Access Zoom on your computer or tablet using an internet connection. Download a free application from the App Store if you have an Apple iPhone or from Google Play for other brands of smart phones. Multiple people can use Zoom simultaneously, and everyone can see each other. Schedule a time when your kids, grandkids or friends can meet. Have fun taking it a step further and coordinate a meal so that everyone can show off their favorite family recipes.
Cable and satellite TV services provide programming that can help you to move a little more. Explore offerings to discover classes for dance, yoga, meditation, and in-home activities for all levels of fitness.

For a comprehensive list of in-home activities, visit srcare.org/resident-resources to find links to a wide variety activities, like watching the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium web cams, listening to the Pittsburgh Symphony radio, and touring via Heinz History Centers History at Home programming.
At Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, enriching the aging experience is an essential part of our mission. Its a mission that extends beyond our campuses and into the homes and hearts of everyone in our community.
Editors Note: At Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, enriching the aging experience is an essential part of our mission. Its a mission that extends beyond our campuses and into the homes and hearts of everyone in our community.

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