Life Enrichment Center at Oyster Bay

Activities you can do from home…

During this time of the coronavirus pandemic when many of us are isolating at home, you may be looking for things to take your mind off your worries or reduce boredom. We have resumed limited programs via Zoom (you can also join by phone if you prefer). Please call Beth at 516-922-1770 on Tuesdays or Thursdays, or email her at beth@lecob.org for more details.

Grumpy Old Men – Tuesdays at 10:30 am
Women of the Ages – Wednesdays at 10:30 am
Happy Hookers Crochet & Knit with Chris – Thursdays at 10:30 am

SPECIAL EVENT: Open Mic Night with Barbara & Ken on Zoom
Tuesday, June 16 at 6:30 pm
Email ken_krumenacker@excite.com for more details

HOW TO DOWNLOAD ZOOM
Download the app onto your computer or phone and follow instructions
For desktop go to https://zoom.us/
To sign up for account click sign up for an account click “Sign Up”
Enter your email address.
You will get an email confirming your signup. Click on that email to verify your account.
Enter your information to create account.
This will take you to the zoom app and then the class will begin. Enter Meeting ID provided to you. If you want other participants to be able to see your face, click the bottom of the screen. There will be an enable video button you can click on.

Click here to view Zoom virtual instructions on YouTube.

Explore your Inner Artist:  The therapeutic value of drawing and coloring comes from the need to concentrate. Immerse yourself and ‘forget’ your troubles whilst in the midst of a coloring activity. Everyone needs a break from reality sometimes.

Click Here to draw animals from numbers and let your inner child out to play!

Baking to Distract Yourself:  Quarantine baking is as much about the process as it is about the final product. It can be a meditative process, and using your hands for baking means you are not on your phone or obsessing over the news. It may not be the same serotonin as doing exercise, but it’s similar. You’re definitely doing it for mental health.
 

Games to Entertain You:  The Internet is an entertaining place. Aside from communicating with friends and family as well as acting as one giant encyclopedia, the Internet also provides a plethora of fun, in particular, senior online games. There are tons of these games for seniors available, ranging from those that sharpen your cognitive skills to those that are simply an easy and enjoyable way to pass the time.

Click Here for some of the best games already picked out for you!

Meditation to Soothe the Mind:  Mindful meditation has many potential physical and psychological benefits for older adults, including better focus, enhanced calmness, less stress, and improved sleep. Research shows that mindfulness and meditation can reduce depression and pain, and boost emotional well-being.

Click here to try a Rainbow Meditation in under 8 minutes. There are also many guided meditation apps you can use.

Museumgoers:  Twelve of the world’s most famous museums are offering free virtual tours during the pandemic. Experience the best museums from London to Seoul in the comfort of your own home.

Click here to get a little culture and education while you’re confined to your home.

Reading to Occupy your Mind:  Use Nassau Digital Doorway to connect to OverDrive to browse and select from thousands of book titles — including current best sellers and old classics — in both audio and e-book formats. Download up to five titles at once to your computer and enjoy them on your PC/Mac, a wide selection of portable devices, or burn them directly onto a CD (when permitted by the publisher). All titles return themselves automatically — no late fines!

Click here for the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Library, or visit your own library’s website for information.

Back to School:  Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a website that could teach you skills normally reserved for higher education, without the costs and obstacles of actually setting foot on a campus? One of the best websites for that is Coursera.org. Coursera has partnered with top universities and educational organizations across the U.S. and beyond to make learning available through the Internet via ‘massively-open online courses’ (M.O.O.C.s). They offer courses in a wide array of subjects, and many courses are free.

Click Here to read more about how it all works before getting started!

Armchair Travel:  Fill your craving for world travels without even leaving your chair — by traversing the globe via Google Maps. Most of us know Google Maps as a handy tool for getting from one place to the next. The street-view feature allows you to visualize your destination so you know exactly where you’re going. But Google Maps can also be used to transport yourself to somewhere beautiful and far away, just by doing a search and some virtual exploring.

Click Here to explore destinations like the Grand Canyon and Mt. Fuji, or find your own house in street view!

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