These virtual recreation centers offer every virtual class one can possibly imagine: Yoga, virtual bingo, Tai Chi, karaoke, online trivia, Tours of the Smithsonian Museum, Mt. Washington Observatory, lectures by NASA Scientists, and the list continues! Attendees can learn while interacting in real time with the teachers and the other participants of the class.
And by providing offerings for the whole family, seniors can interact with their loved ones online while having fun within a virtual community.
At Televeda, we’ve hosted support groups for older adults to meet and learn about the different tools they can use to manage life during stressful times. One of our partners, DuetAZ, also offers virtual support groups to their members so they can connect online despite the social distance.
Check out Care.com’s list of support groups for older adults that are organized by different needs and interests.
3. Social Media Live
YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram live are live streaming services showing millions of live games, sports, music, and more. Fortunately, many seniors are already on Facebook and know how to use it, and YouTube has a simple search bar at the top of their pages for its users. Plus, these services are free.
However, make sure to keep your seniors safe when using these social media platforms. The size and options are a great advantage, but the reach of these platforms also leaves them vulnerable to attempts in online scamming.
We understand that every community is unique, which is why we create data reports tracking wellness and engagement to ensure a positive ROI, and that the vision you have for your center is successful and can best serve your residents.
As a community partner, we develop and implement programming that puts you at a competitive advantage among other senior living centers, and allows you and your staff to focus on the core duties and needs of your community.
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Virtual assistants are no longer an idea of the future. Personal gadgets like Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple Home weren’t specifically created for seniors, but they’ve been making an impact in virtual care. For older adults with memory challenges, Alexa can be a great resource to answer repeated questions, remind users about medication, and alarm setting.
These devices can also be used for enjoyment, such as audio books, music, games, and other activities, all which support the health of seniors. Virtual assistants can also help answer medical questions, call for medical assistance, or be used to contact one’s family.
8. Online Gaming
There are many games available for seniors online, from memory and brain games, to online versions of crosswords, sudoku, mahjong, and puzzles. The AARP offers a wide variety of online games, and if seniors have electronic devices, they can download applications like Elevate and Lumosity for some fun brain “workouts” (check out more memory-boosting apps here).
Online games—especially the brain-game variety—provide intellectual stimulation, improve memory, and aid in preventing cognitive decline. They’re also fun and interactive, and individual seniors can choose their favorites to play, or even to play with family and grandchildren.
Several art, cultural, and environmental institutions have been supplying live streams to viewers worldwide. Zoos, museums, and national parks have been sharing various wonders, and celebrities have even been live streaming concerts and music sets to followers and fans. Provide links and sources for these events, and any resident with an internet connection and device can view them.
There are a ton of live, free resource options, and a wide variety to choose from. These lists aren’t exhaustive, but this CNN article has a little something for everyone. Want to make your life a little simpler? See how Televeda organizes your content, calendars, and activities through our free demo.
10. Virtual Education
Continuing education courses may also be a good option for seniors looking to keep their mind sharp and stay engaged. There are tons of websites for seniors to try, and even if not all courses are free, they’ll have great free options.
Televeda offers a wide range of online community activities that are designed to meet the needs and desires of your members. We’ll work with you to create your personal engaging, interactive virtual senior center lobby where they can attend any live class they want!
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