Stay Safe, Stay Home: Indoor Activities For Seniors During The Pandemic
Are you tuning in from eGetai Season 2?
Staying home, reducing meet-ups with friends, or avoiding crowded places like hawker centres and shopping malls. These guidelines are standard advice we all know by now to protect ourselves from the recent surge of COVID-19 outbreak.
Despite that, it’s tempting to ignore the advice and head out, because many people – not just seniors – feel cooped up at home.
The good news is, this month (October 2021), the Government produced eGetai programmes for seniors in Singapore to enjoy from the safety and comfort of home. That’s not all – some celebs even dished out advice on things to do that can keep seniors safe!
We’ve put together a list of ideas to do at home that seniors may enjoy. We hope you find them useful and share them with your loved ones too!
1. If They Can Cook, So Can You
Love cooking? Or just want to avoid going out when it is crowded, such as during “peak hours” i.e. mealtimes? Why not take it to the kitchen to try out some new recipes?
You’d also want to check out these videos where AIC collaborated with celebrity chefs and challenged them to produce some home cooking recipe videos using simple and common everyday ingredients.
Click here to check out our blog’s #EatWell series for more recipe ideas!
2. Keep On Moving
One big challenge of staying home is that you run the risk of being inactive. The Health Promotion Board recommends that people should do 150 minutes of exercise every week to stay in good shape physically and mentally. Not sure how to accomplish this at home? We’ve rounded up our popular Age Active fitness tips here, along with simple routines that don’t require equipment! These are also suitable for people with limited mobility.
If it is your first time doing these routines, start slow. Make sure a family member is around to supervise you, and help you if need be.
3. Find Your Inner Zen
We’ve talked about nourishing your body with healthy food and exercise, but don’t forget to also take care of your mental health.
The stress of this continuous pandemic can make it hard for us to cope and adapt to the changes. Mask-wearing, carrying hand sanitiser everywhere and tracking infection cases daily have taken their toll on some of us.
During such times of upheaval, Mindfulness practice can help us stay grounded by focusing on the present. Many studies have shown health benefits to practising deep breathing exercises daily.
Brahm Centre, which conducts mindfulness workshops, has several valuable resources on its website that can help you practise mindfulness at home.
Here are some resources in English
4. Silent Disco With Classic Tunes
For seniors who missed their younger days of visiting discotheques or listening to pop tunes, why not hold a silent disco in the comfort and safety of home?
Silent discos are a fun activity where you put on headphones and play your favourite music to dance to. It’s perfect for people living in dense housing like HDB flats, as there is no noise pollution (unless you start singing out loud!).
Not sure what songs to play for your senior loved one? Why not check out our collections of songs on Spotify, covering songs from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s?
Visit AIC Wellness Programme page to check out the Song Lists for top English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil hits. Or you can access the Sportify links here too!
5. Explore Singapore On Your Couch
Do you prefer to have a nice quiet day just watching TV? Then this might be for you!
There are many shows you can watch on demand with just a click of a button - from entertainment to current affairs, and exercise programmes. Choose the programme from a wide list of selection on meWATCH or other streaming service.
To start, why not try give these local programmes a try?
- Eat Already? (Jiak Ba Buay in Hokkien - 吃饱没?)
- Ayuh Sihat Bersama Versi 2.0 (Let’s Get Healthy Together Version 2.0)
- Arokiam Aarambam (Get Fit With Me - COVID-19 Series in Original Tamil and Tamil Dubbed)
- SG Explorers 全民出来走走
- On The Red Dot
This is also a good opportunity for you to bond as a family. While watching the programme, or after it’s over, talk to your loved ones about what you all have watched and what you liked about it. You can also talk about how the programme made you recall some happy memories from the past.
Read more about these TV shows here.