Since we all stay at home – and it looks like we'll be doing that for a while – you might start to wonder how exactly you're going to fill your time. Senior Planet has a number of tricks up its sleeve with digital meetings and events. But it's also important to stay as connected as possible with family, friends and neighbors, give something back to your community, get the supplies you need, and find new ways to keep yourself busy.
This is the first entry in our digital home handbook, a collection of articles with everything you need to stay informed, supported and entertained for the next few days. This edition covers some basics; future messages will go deeper. Is there something you want to know for sure? Share your idea in the comments below!
Bonus: Many of the following resources are also available as apps on your smartphone or tablet. Find the solution that suits you best
A basic requirement: Internet access
The first step: make sure you and your friends have Internet access. (Yes, we realize the irony of putting that on the internet …) The best way to stay connected and up to date right now is through internet access at home, and thankfully, several companies offer cheap options for seniors. We will make a more detailed report on this shortly.
One thing to note: whichever internet service you choose, make sure it offers speeds of at least 25 Mbps so you can stream video.
Find an Internet Service Provider (ISP) near you, use an online tool such as BroadbandNow. Enter your zip code and search for & # 39; Residential Internet Service Provider & # 39 ;. But here are some of the most common ISPs that offer special offers for seniors:
As for devices, Senior Planet generally recommends Chromebooks for an inexpensive option, iPads for an upgrade, and desktop PCs. ; s for serious users. [1
With a library card, you can continue to borrow digital resources, such as e-books, audiobooks, music, TV shows, movies and more. Visit your local library's website to find out which services they work with. This is also the perfect time to watch video streaming services, download a few podcasts, or explore the depth of YouTube. Cultural institutions are also moving exhibitions and performances online, but if you need a break for something nonsensical and happy, animal videos are the way to go. The Cincinnati Zoo provides Facebook Live video streams of Fiona's hippo on a daily basis, and the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago filmed his lovely adorable penguins roaming around and visiting other exhibitions after closing.
Food and Groceries: Try Something New
In most restaurants you can call and place an order for delivery. But now is a great time to experiment with services like Seamless, which allow you to order food online from thousands of restaurants (we're taking ours with extra guac). You can also try a delivery service like Instacart, which connects you to a personal shopper who takes your custom shopping list, picks up all of your items and delivers them to your door.
Don't want someone else to do your shopping? If you are an early riser, Stop and Shop is now open from 6:00 am to 7:30 pm ET only for those ages 60 and older.
Restaurant Delivery & Takeaway
Health & Wellbeing: Reassure Your Mind
The whole reason we stay at home is to protect ourselves from a virus, but other health needs are not interrupted. Major pharmacy chains offer RX delivery, and Postmates, listed above as primarily a food delivery app, can pick up some basic pharmacy supplies for you. Meditation can also be a powerful tool during this stressful situation. Right now, the Headspace meditation app also offers a number of free tools handpicked especially for this time and offers completely free plans for health professionals.
Meditation & Sleep  Animal Care
While you may not be so keen on staying at home, your animals are probably fans. Give them some extra pets and use a service like Chewy to deliver pet food and supplies to your home. If you're concerned about walking your dog, or failing, Rover can put you in touch with a reliable, highly regarded dog walker.
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