Tuesday, March 17, 2020

My Curated activities for the Homebound

Smartphone Apps 
The Google Play store and Apple Apps store each  offer millions of apps. Problem is unless you know what your specifically  looking for its kinda hard to find apps of interest.   I've created a website that indexes these stores and  allows users to browse  for apps using the index,  enabling you to find apps that match with your personal interests. 

Here is a link to the website:  Boredom Busters 

Here are some favorite apps for seniors

Is a favorite activity of many seniors. You can play against the computer, or play with players from around the world. Partners are almost always available. 

Scrabble Apps


Plato is a whole suite of games that you can play with others on a  smartphone

Here's  a link to some of my favorite smarthphone apps link

SimplyE makes it easy to browse, borrow, and read any eBook in your library’s collection on your mobile device; no need to download multiple apps.

Set up your account in three easy steps:

1. Open the SimplyE app
2. Find your local library
3. Enter your library card ID to browse, borrow, and read!

Don’t have a library card? No problem. Thousands of public domain classics are available as soon as you download the app, no library card required.

National Emergency Library
The Internet Archive has over 1.4 million books available for loan in its library. For the duration of the cornavirus crisis, their wait list ios suspended and all books are available immediately with no waiting

Local Libraries Virtual Resources
Library systems across the country are beefing up their on line offerings of both books to loan and activities. Check out your local library for details. 
Here's an example from NYC's Queens Public Library
Queensd Public Library Virtual Arts and Cultural Resources

In NYC the Queens Public Library Book By Mail program also holds "teleconferences to chat, play bingo, learn about art, and so much more"

Here is a link to view  their offerings, and though these offerings are only available to New York City residents, the Virtual meetups concepts  they offer( by teleconference and Zoom video)   CAN be duplicated by your local library. 

Other Activities

Get a Mohawk

Senior Planet
offers Teleclasses for seniors and also a calendar of online events for seniors to participate in 

The Arts
As of this morning, LincolnCenter.org has transformed into a new gateway to the performing arts: Lincoln Center at Home. 


The Met’s series of free opera streams begins with Bizet’s Carmen, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and starring Elīna Garanča and Robert Alagna. Due to unprecedented demand and web traffic, we recommend you access the stream through the Met Opera on Demand apps for Apple, Amazon, and Roku devices and Samsung Smart TV

The ARC Museum offers viewing of over 67,000 realistic works of art by over 6,000 artists. 


“Did you know that every minute you walk can extend your life by 1.5 to 2 minutes?” -HealthLine

Walking is the " simplest positive change you can make to effectively improve your heart health.  American Heart Association

Walking is one of the best forms of exercise. Unfortunately it can be boring especially walking in your house. 

 Here's how I solve the home walking boredom problem

-I walk back and forth through the length of my apartment (very boring indeed!)
-As I walk I either play an audio book, listen to music or listen to a podcast.

What this does is shifts my minds focus from the repetitive boring visual landscape of my apartment to the excitement of listening to my favorite music, or focusing on a great audio story.

Zoom Teleconferencing
Senior Centers, Libraries, Parks Departments and other organizations, can hold online events through the use of the zoom app

Connecting with Neighbors
Connecting neighbors needing help. 

Offers  Help Map.  The Help Map allows those in need to easily identify which neighbors have raised a hand to assist with an errand — or just give a call to check in.

Also  Nextdoor Groups. Some of you may have used an early version of this tool to organize around shared interests like hiking or reading. We have officially launched Nextdoor Groups so neighbors can organize for those who may need assistance during this challenging time. In my neighborhood, we pulled together a group in the hopes of directing some kindness into our community as we feel the impact of social distancing

The Rotterdam Philharmonic teamed up with a Dutch healthcare provider to film the finale of Beethoven’s 9th with all the musicians playing their parts by video from their homes.

Grief Support

Memory Pillows


Reddit Grief Support   offers a  place to share stories, ask questions or seek advice. Grief affects every person in a different way every time. Whether you are grieving the dead, a relationship, a job, a pet, a place or an era you are welcome here.

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