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During this time when we are all being asked to stay at home, it is important to keep the mind challenged and to maintain social interaction. We have provided some suggestions for activities (both real and virtual) that you can do yourself or with a loved one.

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Religious Services

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Many places of worship are now offering religious services and other programming which is being broadcast on television or live-streamed to your computer. Visit the following links to see what is available or try a Google search to find resources specific to your place of worship.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence
Jewish Services in Rhode Island
Buddhist Center

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Crafts

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Crafts are fun to do regardless of your age, especially when you're stuck at home. You can order craft kits off Amazon or from other arts and crafts retailers, or get creative and use materials and tools you find around your house. Check out the following links for some project ideas.

Spring craft ideas
Painting Rocks
Amazon Craft Kits
Mason Jar Crafts
Outside/Garden Crafts and Décor

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Games

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Games help keep the mind active of someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia and are also a fun way to spend time with the family. Online games such as Bejeweled, Candy Crush, Jeopardy, and Online Connect Four can be played independently and without requiring much assistance. For more social interaction, try traditional games such as Scrabble, Pictionary, Connect Four, dominoes, checkers and chess; or classic card games such as Spades, Uno, Go Fish, “21” and Blackjack. The links below provide some additional ideas.

Sit-down Games for Seniors
Card Games for Seniors
Classic Games for Seniors

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Virtual Tours

Many museums, aquariums and other tourist attractions around the globe are offering virtual tours that can be accessed online. Below are links to some popular online tours. Or, try searching online for the website of a favorite destination or place you have always wanted to visit to see if they offer a virtual tour experience.

Smithsonian
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Vatican City Sistine Chapel
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Machu Picchu
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The Louvre Museum
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National Aquarium
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The Acropolis

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Music

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Music brings joy to people of all ages, and has been proven to be especially beneficial to those living with Alzheimer’s as a way of helping them to reconnect with their memories. The Alzheimer’s Association recently released a digital album called “Music Moments” which is available at the link below. There are so many choices in music, depending on one’s tastes, but we have provided some links to popular artists and genres.

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Frank Sinatra's Greatest Hits
Greatest hits from the 60s
Classical Music 
Classic hits from the 70s
“Music Moments” 

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Movies

Kanopy is a free movie streaming service filled with educational content that only requires either a public library card or a university ID. Just visit https://www.kanopy.com/ or click on the link below.

Kanopy

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Audio Books

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Audio books are a great way to pass time. Here is a link to some audio books by popular authors and narrators.

Free Audio Books

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Adult Coloring Pages

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Coloring may sound like a simple activity, but more and more people are discovering that it’s an effective stress reliever and mood booster.

Browse and print out the Free Coloring Pages for Seniors: Top 5 Picks Here