Seniors across the country are adapting to the changes in daily life caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most places of public gathering and nonessential businesses are closed, and many families and caregivers are faced with helping our aging population adjust to this new normal. To help connect our residents to the outside world during this difficult time, we have established a list of Virtual Visits. It’s as simple as picking up your smart phone or logging on to your computer; just a few clicks away you’ll find anything from art museums to car museums, online learning to online church services. We hope these resources and links will offer some helpful options to “get out and about.”
Virtual Visits to Some of Your Favorite Places
Virtual Museum Tours from around the world.
The Detroit Institute of Arts is working on adding an online experience, "At Home with the DIA."
Virtual Auto Museums including:
See more Virtual Auto Museum Tours here.
Zoo Tours and Live Cams:
Check out the live otter cam from the Detroit Zoo here.
Visit a virtual theater:
Metropolitan Opera nightly encore shows:
LA Theater Works:
Kennedy Center Digital Stage:
Learn something new through these online learning resources:
Open Culture offers 1,500 free online courses from top universities:
Coursera.org is one of the largest providers of online learning and much of it free:
edx.org also offers free online courses:
Listen to poetry:
Listen to recordings of Allen Ginsberg and other poets on Phone-a-Poem, the 1970s Poetry Hotline
Get some exercise with these options (always check with your physician first):
The Jackson YMCA has virtual workouts:
Go4Life from the National Institute on Aging:
Fitness Blender Total Body Chair Workout:
Think about What Matters: Visit the Schaalman Senior Voices Film Library to watch inspiring films that aim to strengthen the wellbeing of older adults and their communities:
Many Churches offer online services through their website, YouTube page or Facebook page. Here are just a few in Jackson.
Cornerstone Christian Church in Jackson has some online options including live service on their Facebook page:
Bethel Church in Jackson:
First Baptist Church of Jackson:
JAXNAZ Church in Jackson:
Christ Church Detroit has some prayers online:
Want more? How about Google Street View?
Another option is to simply use Google Street View. Start with a drive through Paris, France.
Here are some additional instructions on using Google Street View.
Some content from: amda The Society for Post-acute and long-term Care Medicine, Travel + Leisure, Motortrend