We are reminded everywhere about the dangers of the Coronavirus, especially for older adults and those with underlying health issues. At the same time, we believe every crisis presents an opportunity to learn, to connect in new ways, and to help and to heal one another.
Community Living Campaign Program Updates
Our Virtual Community Connector Network has a full calendar of phone and online activities; – come join the fun! Dedicated neighbors and staff with our Food Networks are making over 220 weekly grocery deliveries; and computer trainers are offering virtual tech help. SF ReServe and our Partners are enabling ReServists to work from home; the SF Tech Council and Dignity Fund Coalition are holding virtual meetings. As conditions allow, we have been adding more in-person options, including neighborhood walks, group exercise, and technology help. Participants and staff must follow health guidelines, including masks & proof of vaccination for some activities.
SF Senior Beat is going strong! Reporters are adapting to interviewing by phone and Zoom, and are working on news stories about how older adults are managing during the pandemic.
General Coronavirus Resources
- The CIty’s COVID-19 page includes information on getting tested, links to services, news, resources and more.
- San Francisco Department of Public Health. Find local Coronavirus updates and resources, including all health directives, tips & guidance, and San Francisco’s COVID-19 Data Tracker.
- Text Alerts: text COVID19SF to 888-777 to sign up for official San Francisco text alerts about the virus.
- US Center for Disease Control Info in English, Español, and 中文
- World Health Organization Coronavirus Information in English, Español, 中文,
- Harvard Health Coronavirus Resource Center and Up To Date.com Coronavirus Page
- Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home (CDC)
- Coping with Stress During the Covid-19 Outbreak (World Health Organization)
- San Francisco Faith Community Notifications. Find out how your faith community is responding to the Coronavirus.
Resources for San Francisco Seniors and People with Disabilities
If you or someone you know needs assistance or resources – including assistance with grocery shopping, medicine delivery, pet walking, and other daily activities that you are unable to do during the COVID-19 shelter in place directive, please call the Disability & Aging Services Benefits & Resources Hub at 415-355-6700.
- Getting Online from Home During the Coronavirus. Find free and low-cost options. Home Internet Options Flyer.
- Guide to Finding Food in San Francisco. See our guide to finding groceries and prepared food in San Francisco, including delivery options and tips for unpacking and preparing your food to minimize virus transmission.
- In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Updates. Find most recent news for San Francisco care providers and recipients.
- Resources and Articles for Caregivers (Family Caregiver Alliance)
- Resources for Grandparents at Home with Grandchildren
Stay Connected by Phone (with Online Options)
Sometimes we just need someone to talk with. We want to be sure that everyone who feels isolated or lonely still has ways to connect.
- IOA Friendship Line – 800-971-0016
- Covia Well Connected – 877.797.7299, Spring/Summer Catalog. Registration Form. Flyer.
- Covia Bien Conectado – 877.400.5867, Catálogo Actual. Forma de Registración. Folleto.
- Dorot University Without Walls – 877-819-9147. March-June Catalog.
- Flyer for phone classes in Chinese from University Settlement in New York.
- LGBT National Hotline – 888.843.4564
- Trans Lifeline’s Peer Support Hotline – 877.565.8860
- Mental Health Association Peer-Run Warm Line – Toll-Free: 855.845.7415 and Web Chat
Visit our Transportation in the Time of COVID-19 page for all the latest on what transportation services are running.
Keep Movin’ and Groovin’
There’s no reason to just sit around at home! Get out a take a walk around your neighborhood – wave at the dog walkers and say hello to passersby while maintaining social distancing. Put on your favorite dance music or YouTube video and dance, dance, dance. Keep up an exercise routine:
- Join CLC’s virtual exercise classes: Dance for Strength, Chair Yoga, Quigong (bilingual Chinese/English), and Meditation & Movement (bilingual Spanish/English).
- Dance for Strength with Kyra! Seated warmup, standing warmup, and upper-body dance for strength videos. Want to dance on your own? Kyra has also shared a YouTube playlist and Spotify playlist with some great songs to get you moving.
- 30th Street Senior Center has virtual Always Active, Body Dynamics, and other classes Monday through Saturday. Contact Genny (email@example.com) for more information and to sign up.
- YMCA 360 has a large number of exercise videos, including 3 workouts specifically for older adults. The YMCA of San Francisco is also live-streaming exercise classes daily.
- Resistance Band Exercises for Seniors (Livestrong)
- Silver Sneakers workout tips and Silver Sneakers YouTube videos (plus some Medicare plans also include access to on-demand workout videos).
- Yoga for a range of abilities and sizes: Chair Yoga Benefits and Poses, Adaptive Yoga Video, Restore Yoga Video for Everybody
- Really, Really Short Workouts (NY Times).
- Search for Senior Fitness videos on YouTube.
Exploring the Online World
Learn new things online and be entertained while waiting to resume your regular activities. First stop, our blog post on Fun (and Free) Things to Do from Home.
Next visit our Virtual Activity Calendar and Neighborhood Tech Connect page for tech classes and resources. Looking for more? Try GFCLearnFree.org and TechBoomers.com to learn how to do so much more online with a computer, tablet or smartphone.
SF Public Library is a Virtual Oasis for Learning
The San Francisco Public Library has a robust range of digital services that give card holders 24/7 free access to ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, classes, music and more. It is all available for free with your library card. You can even apply for a digital library card from home!
If you have a permanent or long term disability that prevents you from visiting the library, you can sign up for Library Access from Home. You can get your library card, use online resources, and borrow things via mail.