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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has ordered our citizens to stay at home at least through April 6 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While social isolation is a good and proper response to a public health emergency, it may present special challenges for seniors who rely on regular engagement with other people, as well as for those already battling loneliness or depression.

Here are a few suggestions that might help keep your mind and spirit busy while you maintain that physical distance. (We’ll post more tips in a few weeks, so stay tuned!)


1) Turn On the Radio

Turn on the radioWOSU is the region’s celebrated public radio station with the best of NPR news and public affairs and the finest in classical music.  Now featuring a signal from Granville, Ohio, tune your radio to station 91.1 FM!  Also, 89.7 NPR News FM is the only all-day NPR station in central Ohio, offering local and global news and public affairs programming including All Sides with Ann Fisher, Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Tune in to  Classical 101 (WOSA – 101.1 FM), for classical music all day, every day.


2) Bring The Columbus Zoo to You

Bring the zoo to you with the Columbus Zoo’s animal guide found on the web at this link:


3) Watch Movies on TV

watch movies on tvAARP has compiled its annual list of movies for grownups. To find suggestions on movies to stream, check out their award winners at the website below, then use services such as Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime to find your favorites.


4) Take Virtual Museum Tours

Visit The Louvre in Paris:

Or, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., which features two online exhibits through Google at


5) Exercise at Home with Videos

home exerciseOnline at the National Institute on Aging, find physical activity exercise suggestions at  or balance exercises at 



6) Listen to Opera

The Metropolitan Opera will present a different, free encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series available for free streaming from their website. Each performance will be available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day. The schedule will include outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of the opera’s greatest singers. Find it here


7) Life-Long Learning

lifelong learningPBS Learning in cooperation with WOSU has curated a list of wide-ranging education options at

Keeping your mind and body occupied helps elevate your mood and can assure that wellness is maintained even when things are far from normal. Try to enjoy this time and look for new opportunities for personal growth and entertainment, and remember, that we only see a rainbow after the storm has passed. 


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