We are compiling this list of online activities and resources that can be done at home to help keep yourself entertained and in the best spirit possible during this time. We will try to update regularly so please check back for updates.
Things for the body
GreaterSport – Greater Manchester Sports Partnership have provided plenty top tips and evidence based recommendations for older adults to keep active during this time. The University of Manchester Policy Research team for older adults have provided the most up to date and correct resources for us to use. Their website is https://www.greatersport.co.uk/ways-to-keep-moving
The British Heart Foundation also have 10 minute living room workout video on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5YX5xg8Seg and a quick search on Youtube will also bring up plenty of other excerise routines ranging from chair excercises to full hour work outs if you are feeling energetic!
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy have a simple set of exercises designed especially for older people to help everyone stay active at home. To view the excercise video and more information click here or to download as a 1 page document that can be printed click here
Things for the mind
Why not catch up on some reading, if you have books at home you've been meaning to read what better time! If you've read everything in the house why not try the Open Library archive at https://openlibrary.org/ its free to make an account and there are lots of books that are free or available for free for 14 days to read.
Google's Arts and Culture website https://artsandculture.google.com/explore has a huge amount of content. From art, places of interest and historical events there's plenty to explore and look at.
There are a number websites for Museums that have some great content. The National History Museum https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover.html and the Smithsonian Institution https://www.si.edu/explore are a couple of great examples.
Youtube has lots of video content about pretty much anything you can imagine, from wildlife documentaries to music and everything in between. https://www.youtube.com/
In this blog, first published by Starting Point Community Learning Partnership on 6th April 2020, Ryan McMurdo describes how StartingPoint have adapted their digital skills training provision to working remotely and offers some tips for activities to boost your mental health during this time of social distancing and self-isolation.