For Seniors and Those Who Love and Care for Them: Activities
Staying Active - Physically and Mentally
Even if you are remain at home during this time of physically distancing, it is important to keep physically and mentally engaged. You may miss your old routines but maybe this is an opportunity to create new ones.
Listed on this page are activities that require various levels of technical and athletic abilities which reflect the capabilities of the senior population.
Some information from the AARP will help you during this time:
- The AARP has ideas for caregivers on how to keep loved ones active at home
- Listen live and archived AARP Coronavirus Tele-Town Halls where experts share information about coronavirus.
Complete a jigsaw puzzle
Scrapbook your photos
New York Times Crossword Puzzles Website - Free simple puzzles as well as (archived) original crossword puzzles that can be printed
AARP Brain Games - Free Mahjongg, Solitaire, Word, and Arcade games. More games if you have an AARP membership
Watch some of Valley Cottage Library’s favorite program providers on video - musicians, artists, and various practitioners, take virtual tours through museums, watch operas, find volunteer opportunities, and much more with our Adult Virtual Programming Resource
Learn about your ancestors through Ancestry.com. The Valley Cottage Library has now made this resource accessible from home. Enter the first five digits of your library card number
Your Valley Cottage Library card allows you access to the OverDrive, Libby and Hoopla apps where you can borrow e-books and audio books to be used on your device(s). You can also check out available e-magazines with OverDrive and Libby. In addition you can stream movies through Hoopla and Kanopy to watch on your device(s). If you have questions or need assistance with these apps, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Just Crafty - Instructional knitting and crochet videos with patterns provided.
Crafting a Green World - eco-friendly crafts
Craft videos and projects from the Do It Yourself Network
MyBluPrint.com - Instructions on how to make face masks that require sewing or no sewing. Project kits, instructions, lessons for knit, crochet, sewing, embroider projects.
Before doing any exercise routine, be sure to put on a pair of sturdy athletic sneakers and clear the exercise area of anything that may cause you to fall like rugs, decorative items, and furniture. Do not push yourself beyond your capability. This is not the time to take any risks that may result in a trip to the hospital or doctor. Remember to hydrate during or afterwards. (You can click "Skip Ads" to start to exercise video.)
These exercise videos are listed by challenge level (easy to challenging):
- Seated exercises for older adults with balance and mobility issues - 10 minutes
- Yoga for Seniors - Chair Stretches for Pain Relief, Relaxation, Joint Health, Flexibility, Stress 15 minutes
- Chair Exercises For Seniors - 30 Minutes - Whole Body - Seated
- Zumba Gold Chair
- Challenging seated or standing 30 Min Exercise for Seniors, Older People, and Elderly
- Gentle Yoga with Valley Cottage Library’s yoga program provider Donna Hunt
- AARP 10 minute workouts - stretch, cardio/sculpt, lower body
For those seniors that need to enhance their business and/or technical skills, the Valley Cottage Library now has made Lynda.com available to its cardholders. Access it through our database page. All you need is your library card number and your pin.