While the thought of spending lots of time indoors can be a challenging prospect, there are a number of ways in which you can keep your mind and body active.
Explore The World
Many museums, theme parks and zoos are available to explore virtually. For art and culture, peruse the Guggenheim Museum, take a virtual walk through national parks or visit the Taj Mahal thanks to Google Arts and Culture, artsandculture.google.com.
The Metropolitan Opera in New York City is streaming full performances online for free, visit metopera.org/user-information/nightly-met-opera-streams.
Or if you love friends of the furry kind, you can see what giant pandas and cheeky chimpanzees are up to at Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park by watching their live stream at zoossa.com.au/zoo-to-you
ECH Pen Pal and Reading Program
A pen pal is a great way to link up with people and stay socially connected. Whether it’s writing a good old-fashioned letter or sending an email, this could be a great time to make contact with an old pal or make a new friend.
If you would like to make a new friend, we are looking for people to write to some of the younger members of the ECH community. This will begin with handwriting letters, then progress into using an app called Zoom to stay connected via video.
ECH Couch Choir
ECH are looking into developing some fantastic new projects like Couch Choir, with the goal of connecting people who have a love for singing and music.
To register your interest for these programs, please call ECH on 1300 275 324.
Crafts like knitting can enhance feelings of calmness and happiness. It helps pass the time and is a great distraction. With inexpensive supplies and little imagination required, you can de-stress, enjoy and be proud of what you create. Many of the tools you will need to use can be purchased online and delivered to your home.
Here are our top five crafts which are perfect to try at home:
Decoupage – Cut out pictures and glue them to an object before coating them with layers of varnish. You can decoupage items already at home such as vases, boxes, frames or mirrors.
Knitting – Learning to knit is a great skill and if you haven’t mastered it you will need the following items to get started.
• A pair of scissors
• A sewing needle
Colouring – It’s not just for kids! Adult colouring books are an increasingly popular way to relax, relieve stress and create something beautiful. You can find a selection of colouring books at your local bookstore, K-Mart or Target. Alternatively, if you have a printer you can simply print what you like for free from theorganisedhousewife.com.au/craft/adult-colouring-pages/
Painting – From painting on paper and canvas to rocks and pots – you’re only limited by your imagination. You can do a free online painting tutorial from home. Visit artlessonsoneline.com.au
Photo Crafts – Incorporating photos is a great way to personalise a project. If you have boxes of photos collecting dust, they could be put to good use.
Information for ‘Explore the World’ was sourced from dementia.org.au