Staying Active and Engaged While Social Distancing
Like everyone else, we are struggling with a new reality due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing is restricting employees and residents from normal everyday activities and routines. As a senior living provider, our number one priority is keeping our residents safe and healthy. One vital way we are keeping residents well is by finding ways to enrich their minds, bodies and souls – while also complying with CDC social distancing guidelines, of course!
We encourage you to check out our Facebook page to see some of the creative and fun activities that are occurring inside the community every day. From Hallway BINGO to Ice Cream delivery “trucks,” we aren’t letting social distancing keep us from meeting the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of our residents.
Here are some ideas and suggestions for those of you at home to keep you active and engaged.
Organize a closet. Getting organized can reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed, help you gain a sense of control, and give you a sense of calm. So why not organize that junk drawer, clean out the garage, or make a lists of items you’re ready to donate or sell? You’ll find it can give you a real sense of accomplishment.
Read a Book (Or listen to one):
Reading can transport you to places without even leaving your favorite chair. Cracking open a new book, switching on an audio book, or listening to the latest podcast can also reduce stress, stimulate your mind, and improve your focus, concentration and memory skills.
It’s often hard amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life to find time to just be still. Now might be the perfect time to give meditation a try. Fact is, meditation (or deep breathing) can help you lower your stress levels, connect you with your inner calm, improve focus and reduce the brain chatter (or anxiety) that’s bothering us.
Exercise and Stretch:
When you’re stuck indoors, it’s tempting to sink into the couch and never get up. It is important to remember that just 15 minutes of gentle, daily exercise can significantly improve health for older adults.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to stay active inside. Here are some ideas:
- Chair Exercises: A seated chair exercise is a great way to get the benefit of strength training without the risk of falling or losing your balance.
- Indoor walking: If you live in a senior living community, walk through the halls. If you’re at home, walk around the house. Clear any items that might pose a fall hazard, including electrical cords. Or, try marching in place to a little music!
- Stretching exercises: Flexibility exercises can help offset the effects of normal decline in joint flexibility and help you remain active and independent.
The COVID-19 pandemic is scary. No matter which faith you practice, prayer is a great way to calm your thoughts and find a greater peace of mind. Many churches are offering virtual services and provide ways to connect with pastors and church leaders.