Our day-to-day lives have changed in a myriad of ways due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. In the United States, we’re approaching two solid months of quarantine and a lot of people are struggling to stay motivated.
With reports showing a disproportionate amount of seniors at risk for the virus, however, it’s become more important than ever for seniors to stay in their independent living community, even if it means canceling your normal routines and activities. Yet, going out and staying active is essential for seniors to keep their minds and bodies as healthy and active as possible. Here are some tips for seniors in independent living communities to build new routines and stay active during the long days of the coronavirus quarantine.
It’s estimated that half of the adults over 65 do some kind of volunteer work. But with so many non-essential jobs and services on hold, most senior’s schedules are now out of whack.
Making an effort to build and maintain a routine will be especially useful. When there are no tasks to complete, days can feel like endless loops. Starting by making a list and parsing it out. Include time for meals, getting dressed, and tasks like that.
Then, decide on some activities you can manage. If your independent living community has paths or sidewalks, scheduling a jog is a good idea. As long as you wear a mask and maintain proper social distancing measures to stay away from others jogging, it is recommended to go outside and get some fresh air.
You’ll want to include leisure time in your written routine as well. Carve out times of the day to read or to play around on your tablet. Or adjust your schedule to make sure you catch the new episode of your favorite television show. Consciously limiting your leisure time can help to make your days more varied and fulfilling.
Maybe a friend in your independent living community loves chess but you never knew how to play. This might be a good opportunity to teach yourself while you wait to be able to see your friend again. Learning a new skill can be a fun way to keep your brain active during the quarantine.
Starting a new activity like knitting or crossword puzzles can give you focus and increased dexterity. Another great skill you could freshen up on is using a computer. Many people are using video chat apps like FaceTime, Google Hangouts, and Zoom to watch a live video of their loved ones and talk with them. Though we cannot be together, digital communication is a great way to stay connected with your grandkids when in-person interactions with them are not possible.
If you need help learning how to set up your computer for video chat, you could search on Google, ask a friend or family member, or call your independent living management team who will surely have the phone number of a specialist for you.
If you are in an independent living community, keeping active during quarantine takes conscious effort. Just remember that it will be worth it in the long run.