6 Ideas to Stay Active, Healthy and Busy!
We are checking in with you! We want you to be healthy! We've put together a few tips for this period of "social distancing."

1. Exercise every day.  Walk around the block, on a nature trail, in or around your home, use-in-home exercise equipment, work in your garden, dance around your living room, do yoga , or "google" for a "senior exercise video" on YouTube ( click here for an example ) . Just keep moving! Link for home exercise tips.

2. Prepare simple nutritious meals. More than ever, it is important that you eat with nutrition in mind . To minimize going to the food store too often, stock up on healthy, non-perishable foods such as brown rice, oatmeal, canned beans (rinse first), frozen fruits and vegetables. And/or consider having your groceries delivered (we will have a resource card available). Ideas include, make a big pot of soup and freeze it in single servings, make extra of healthy meals and freeze them, so you have a few ready meals on hand. Enjoy, in moderation, treats that make you happy (dark chocolate, small serving of ice cream). Limit alcohol intake.

3. Engage in creative projects.  Pursue your creativity every day, whether it be knitting, sewing, pickling/canning, painting, beading, coloring, doodling, sketching, woodworking, writing poems or letters, trying new recipes, playing the piano or picking up that old ukulele ( such as lessons by Pam Shank, TSC Uke Instructor )! Use this opportunity to start making holiday gifts. Great ideas can be found on Pinterest or Youtube or multitude of other sites. This is a great time to explore your inner creativity.

4. Declutter and refresh your home . Spring clean your house, go room-by-room, throw away junk, organize your drawers, open the blinds/curtains, paint a wall, buy a new bedspread online, hang some art, make your space more organized and comfortable.

5. Stay socially connected.  Call a minimum of one friend or family member daily. Start with those you have not spoken with for a while. Aim to make the conversations loving and positive. Use Skype, Zoom, or Facebook Messenger, or other means of connectivity with the family and friends. Keep your cellphone nearby for safety. Consider getting a medical alert system, such as Lifeline. Call the Senior Center (891-4000) if you have questions or need someone to chat with. 

6. Nurture your mental health.  Try to practice positive thinking, watch funny movies, read some uplifting books, watch meditation videos (here's an example) , plan something to look forward to this summer. Limit your intake of bad/sad news, stay connected, talk about your fears, get adequate sleep, have a buddy to call if you feel blue. Call your physician if you feel overly anxious or depressed. 

We encourage you to follow healthy practices and make good decisions about your health and on behalf of your loved ones.

The Florida Department of Health in Leon County has opened a call center to answer community questions about COVID-19. The number for the call center is 850-404-6300, and the center is staffed on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For after-hours calls, leave a message and someone will get back to you.

For the latest information and updates on by the CDC, click here , for the Florida Department of Health, click here , and for the City of Tallahassee, click here .

It bears repeating - we know you depend on us for social connection and access to other resources and social supports. During this temporary closure, should you need to chat, have questions or are seeking resources – we encourage you to call us at 850-891-4000, M-F, between 8 am – 4 pm, or email us (click here for a list of staff contacts).

Be well - we are all in this together,
The Tallahassee Senior Center & Foundation Team
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