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Presbyterian Senior Care Network: Staying Engaged During a Pandemic

One year ago, we had never heard the term, ‘novel coronavirus-19.’ Now, we cannot go a day without hearing or reading about the virus that caused the current global pandemic. The effects of the virus have been profound physically, economically, and emotionally.

Among the guidelines prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and reinforced by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is social distancing – keeping a six-foot physical distance between you and any other person. Although everyone understands the importance of social distancing in the current environment, it has the potential to create issues of isolation and boredom, regardless of an individual’s age or location.

We at Presbyterian Senior Care Network are pleased to share with you some ideas and resources to help you stay active physically and emotionally during this trying time.

  • Technology platforms like FaceTime and Zoom create opportunities for real-time discussions. Consider some of these ways to break the boredom:
  • 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. Have you done online shopping the past few weeks? If so, show your purchases to your friend.
  • You can access Zoom on your computer or tablet using an internet connection and a free application that you can access either through the App Store (if you have an Apple iPhone) or Google Play for any other brand of smart phone. Multiple people can be on Zoom at the same time and everyone can see each other. Schedule a time one day a week when your kids, grandkids or friends ‘meet.’ In addition to catching up, devote one of the calls to having dinner together. You can even take it a step further and coordinate your meal so that everyone can show how they prepared that favorite family recipe.
  • Cable and satellite TV services often provide programming that can help you to move a little more. Explore offerings, and you likely will 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. There you’ll find links to a wide variety of activities, like watching the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium web cams, listening to the Pittsburgh Symphony radio, and touring via Heinz History Center’s History at Home programming.

At Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, keeping older adults engaged and vital is an essential part of our mission. It’s a mission that extends beyond our walls and our campuses and into the homes and hearts of everyone in our community.

For more information, visit www.srcare.org or call (412) 828-5600

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