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Social distancing? Try these phone-based activities to stay connected

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As our seniors become more socially isolated due to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Mon Ami’s mission to reduce social isolation among seniors is more important than ever. In light of that, we wanted to share some ideas for how you can keep visiting and supporting your seniors if you’re not able to do so in person.

  1. Grocery shopping.
    Many of the seniors in our community are being told to self-isolate and stay at home. That can make getting the essentials, like groceries and prescription medicines, very difficult. In lieu of visiting in person, reach out to your senior or their loved one and offer to go grocery shopping for them. You can pick up the things they need and drop them on their front porch. Keep the receipt, and arrange for your senior or their loved one to reimburse you with cash, or via Venmo or PayPal.
  2. Origami competition.
    All you and your senior need is a piece of paper cut into a square and a webcam or phone with a camera to compare final products! If you’re able to video chat with your senior, you can do so while attempting to make a paper crane. If video chat isn’t an option, you can each spend an hour or two working on your paper crane. After, take a photo of your crane and share it with each other! Follow these written instructions or watch this video to learn how to make a paper crane.
    origami cranes
  3. 21 questions.
    And you thought this game was reserved for road trips! Hop on the phone during a visit and see how many questions it takes before you can guess what the other person is thinking! In case you need a refresher, one person chooses a person, character, or object and the other tries to guess who or what it is by asking yes or no questions until they arrive at the answer. Technically the guesser is only allowed to ask 21 questions, but we like to disregard that rule and play for fun.
  4. Book club.
    Being stuck at home is the perfect time to start a new book. Use your regularly scheduled visit time to start reading the same book, and then arrange a phone call to discuss what you read. If you can’t talk on the phone, write a letter instead!
  5. Music competition.
    Play an instrument? Enjoy singing in the shower? You and your senior can pick the same (or different) songs, and send each other videos singing or playing it! 
  6. Joint crossword puzzles.
    Pick up a copy of the New York Times and work on their daily crossword! You can work on the crossword together over the phone or via FaceTime. You can also download Crosswords with Friends in the App Store or in Google Play and work on a crossword simultaneously via your phone or tablet.