How are you spending your time at home? This time of sheltering in place doesn’t have to be boring! Take some time exploring some of the offerings available online – there are many ways to stay engaged and learn new things! There are even a few free-to-low cost Internet access options during the pandemic.
Stay Connected with Virtual Classes, Social Groups and More
- Join Community Living Campaign’s new Virtual Community Connector Network for exercise classes, writing groups, healthy aging workshops, social gatherings, and more – all available by phone or video!
- Find a wide range of classes and groups at Covia Well Connected – 877.797.7299, Winter Catalog. Registration Form. Flyer.or Covia Bien Conectado – 877.400.5867, Catálogo Actual. Forma de Registración. Folleto.
- Enjoy online tech and exercise classes from Senior Planet (be sure to note the time zone!) and get tips on surviving at home:
- And try Dorot University Without Walls – 877-819-9147. March-June Catalog. for even more classes, including ones in Cantonese, Mandarin, and Russian.
Enjoy Performances from Your Couch
- Watch Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony’s Keeping Score series with concerts and documentaries featuring numerous composers.
- Listen to the many virtual choirs that don’t let physical distance get in the way of performance: Down to the River, True Colors (Camden Voices), You Will Be Found (Dear Evan Hansen), and What the World Needs Now (Berklee School of Music) and a Virtual Choir Playlist from Eric Whitacre.
- Enjoy one opera per evening from the Metropolitan Opera.
- Visit the Social Distancing Festival Calendar for today’s selection of dance, music, and other performances.
- Support the many artists out of work during this pandemic.
Visit Virtual Museums, Monuments, & More
- Discover museums and much more on Google Arts & Culture or download the Arts & Culture app for iOS or Android to match your selfie with a famous portrait, explore art by time and color, and see close-ups of artworks all over the world.
- Explore your favorite San Francisco museums, streets, and cultural institutions without leaving your home
- Find soothing wildlife camera feeds from Monterey Bay Aquarium and the San Diego Zoo
- Transport yourself to Jamaica with the Every Little Thing is Gonna Be Alright playlist or listen to another place-based Spotify playlist.
- Spend time on a Perth dog beach, journey on a Norwegian canal, walk around Tokyo, or tune in to other “slow TV” experiences.
- Even visit a virtual pub for a Quiz Night!
- Use Fridge to Table and Eat Fresh to find recipes using what’s in your fridge (and pantry)
- Find a week of healthy meals and shopping list to minimize trips to the store. Or make your own plan with an app like MealPlannerPro or Mealime.
- Find tips on how to cook on a budget or brush up on your knife skills and other techniques
- Learn the science behind your cooking on Serious Eats
- Take a free online healthy soup-making course (Click on the green “add coupon” and use the coupon code BEWELL)
- Watch a video on how to safely unpack your groceries.
Learn New Things
- Use the Class Central directory or Coursera to find free university courses on topics both fun and serious
- Listen to TED talks on many topics, and in many languages.
- Visit Tech Boomers for step by step courses about tech basics, as well as websites and apps for Entertainment, Shopping, Socializing, Business, and much more.
- Download free coloring pages by artist Jennifer Judd-McGee and color away! For more pages, try Color Our Collections pages by over 100 museums.
- Learn to draw for free on Skillshare.com (plus writing, photography, design, and many other free creative offerings – just be sure to filter for free classes). For even more ideas, see the guide by My Modern Met.
- Share your stories and explore writing in one of CLC’s virtual writing groups
- Start a gratitude journal or just keep a record of your life under social distancing – a journal, sketches, blog, collage, photos, or whatever works best for you
- Refine your musical techniques
Keep Movin’ and Groovin’
- Dance for Strength with Kyra! Seated warmup, standing warmup, and upper-body dance for strength videos. We’ll keep posting more videos, and will be offering live stream exercise classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-11am. Want to dance on your own? Kyra has also shared a YouTube playlist and Spotify playlist with some great songs to get you moving.
- Don’t miss dancing with Debbie Allen on instagram! Watch earlier Instagram live dance and salsa classes. And follow @therealdebbieallen, @officialdadance to find times for the next live classes.
- Try YMCA 360’s large number of exercise videos, including 3 workouts specifically for older adults. The YMCA of San Francisco is also live-streaming exercise classes daily.
- Get moving with Silver Sneakers workout tips and Silver Sneakers YouTube videos (plus some Medicare plans also include access to on-demand workout videos).
- Find Resistance Band Exercises for Seniors (Livestrong) or Really, Really Short Workouts (NY Times).
- Explore Yoga for a range of abilities and sizes: Chair Yoga Benefits and Poses, Adaptive Yoga Video, Restore Yoga Video for Everybody
- Looking for even more? Search for Senior Fitness videos on YouTube.
- Try meditation with virtual classes and meditation groups at the diverse East Bay Meditation Center; at the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (East Coast), including a Sangha for People with Dis/Abilities and Deaf People; and via Pandemic Care Resources from Tara Brach.
- Learn more about music for wellness