Tips from our Lifelong Learning Coordinator
We realize that staying home all day and social distancing can be very hard on our active and engaged participants. Sure, we can clean the house, organize our closets, work in the yard, or go for a walk in our neighborhood (being sure to keep at least 6 feet away from anyone you meet). If those things are getting a bit stale, here are a few ideas to explore on your own from your computer, tablet, or smart phone - or call a friend or family member and "explore them together."

Learn Something New
There are many free sites where you can engage in formal or informal free learning. If you would like to take a formal class, try one of these 25 Killer Sites for free online Education. My favorite site for learning is YouTube .

I use short YouTube videos all the time to help teach my TCC classes. You can find great videos on just about any topic. One of our most popular Lifelong Learning classes at the Tallahassee Senior Center has been on flower arranging. Here is a YouTube video that I found on flower arranging. Cut some greenery and flowers from your yard, and follow along -- you will have a beautiful centerpiece!

National Geographic has many wonderful YouTube videos on nature. Just go to YouTube and type in the topic you want to search. For Example, “Animals 101” will give you a choice of numerous videos from mammals to birds to sea creatures. Here is a link to one on Sharks .

Geology is my field of expertise and passion. National Geographic has excellent Geology videos such as this one on Volcanoes .

Plan your Next Vacation or Take a Virtual Trip
Rick Steves YouTube videos are great ways to virtually explore Europe and decide which places you may want to explore in the future. Iceland was one of my favorite vacations. It has beautiful scenery and great geology - check out this video. He has short videos on just about every country in Europe.

If you yearn for more exotic locales than Europe, search YouTube or Google for any place on Earth and you will find amazing videos. Here is a video on Antarctica from a Google search.

The U.S. National Parks are some of my very favorite places to visit. The National Park Service website has over 4,000 videos that allow you to learn about history, geology, and features of our parks. Here is the link to their media page . The hardest part is deciding which one to watch first.

Art, Culture, Natural History
When I visit Art Museums, I quickly start to feel overwhelmed with all the many displays. Taking a virtual tour of a museum is relaxing. You can spend time looking and reading about the exhibits that appeal to your taste. Google Arts and Culture is a wonderful way to explore well known and lesser known museums around the world. I discovered a fascinating online exhibit at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles called Eat, Drink, and be Merry on the cultivation, preparation, and consumption of food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance .

Good Housekeeping has a great site to virtually visit museums, zoos, aquariums, etc.

The many museums of the Smithsonian Institution have online exhibits that can keep you occupied for hours. Access them here. I recommend the Elephant Trails at the National Zoo .

Music and Comedy
YouTube again is your best bet for free short entertainment videos. It’s a great way to discover new favorite performers. FSU’s Opening Nights brings wonderful performers from around the world to Tallahassee. Check out the ON website and search for performers on YouTube. Check out a clip of George Hinchliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain , one of the shows they had to recently cancel due to the pandemic.

If you can use some laughs - search YouTube for clips of favorite comedians. Here is one from the Carol Burnette Show that’s especially humorous in our current situation.

Other Ideas
Mental Floss is another site where you can find “smart, fun and shareable content in an upbeat and witty environment.” It has big ideas, amazing facts, quizzes, articles, and videos. Here is a fascinating video of a Frank Lloyd Wright house built on a waterfall in Pennsylvania . Check out this Mental Floss link for 15 places you can tour virtually.

For History buffs, try out the digital collection on the Library of Congress website and History Today has fascinating and informative articles.

Religious Services
Tallahassee churches and temples have put services online. Many are also offering online classes and activities. Be sure to check their websites for more information. It was comforting for my husband and I to listen to our pastor Sunday morning while sitting on our porch.

I’ve enjoyed checking out the above sites and I hope you can use some of them to keep yourself mentally stimulated, engaged, and entertained from the comfort of your homes.

Shout out to author Maureen Haberfeld, LifeLong & L3X Coordinator (pictured above at Acadia National Park, Maine). Do you have some fun suggestions to share, or are you recalling a few fun LifeLong Learning workshops or field trips - email Maureen here! Article edited by Audrey Byrne
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , 888-232-4636, The CDC is the nation’s health protections agency. Call or visit this website to learn more about current cases of COVID-19 and prevention methods. You can also sign up for email updates. 

• This is a 24/7 Call Center available to answer questions about COVID-19. Visit this source for a COVID-19 Toolkit for ways to stay educated. 

Offers an online resource page for older adults, caregivers, and professionals. The resource page offers a link about scams and the four most common scams!

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Scams

The Attorney General is warning Floridians to only use secure sites when looking for COVID-19 information. Refer to this resource or the Federal Trade Commission to avoid scammers. 

Tips on scams, how to avoid scams, and what the Federal Trade Commission is doing to address scams.

General Resource

2-1-1 Big Bend ,You can call 2-1-1 for human service information and assistance. They are available 24 hours a day to listen and provide emotional support, crisis counseling, suicide prevention, and information & referrals.

The information above from our "Resource Card is a service of Tallahassee Senior Services and the Tallahassee Senior Center & Foundation . For more information or questions, call 850.891.4043, or email Sandra Stoutamire . Note: Information on this March 2020 resource card is not guaranteed to be all-inclusive and does not imply endorsement of any persons, offices, or agencies by Tallahassee Senior Center.
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