Wellnes, Activities, & Learning
Links from the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network
Wellness in Difficult Times
- Tips for sheltering in place...think of it as cloistering. “I’m a nun and I’ve been social distancing for 29 years. Here are tips for staying home amid coronavirus fears.”
- Survive Social Distancing with Your Mental Wellness Intact. Social isolation is...isolating. Here are 10 tips to weather the worst of it.
- A Listening Care Package for Uncertain Times. A collection of podcasts and poetry for however you’re processing or experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic.
- “The Science of Well-Being.” Yale University’s wildly-popular course, available for free through Coursera, will help you increase your own happiness and build more productive habits.
Fun and Games
- Crossword Puzzles. 40,000 free online crossword puzzles.
- Lovetts. Free daily word searches and crosswords to play online.
- Solitaire. Play online for free, with a choice of game options.
- Ride Rollercoasters. Experience point-of-view rides from the top rollercoasters from theme parks across the country.
- USA Today. New puzzles and other games added each day.
- TheWordSearch. Thousands of word search puzzles and games to play online or print
- How to join a Zoom call for the very first time. Need help getting started with Zoom? Don’t be intimidated; check out this friendly video.
- Courses from Ivy League Schools. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs); 450 free online courses available for anyone to enroll.
- DuoLingo. A free site for learning new languages including Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and many more.
- Howcast. YouTube channels with dozens of “how to” videos, from how to belly dance, read tarot, and juggle, to mastering life skills.
- Travel Latin America. Zoom Video and Facebook Live classes in dance, language, exercise, music, and more. All free but donations welcome.
Art and Theater
- 10 University Art Classes you can take online for free.
- Calligraphy. Learn the basics of the basics of modern calligraphy and hand lettering in this how-to video.
- Learn to Draw. Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence Mo Willems invites you into his studio every day to draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing.
- Learn Floral Arranging. Austin’s own The Floral Social teaches you fun and easy flower tips in these how-to videos.
- A Shakespeare Sonnet a Day. Acclaimed actor Patrick Steward performs a different Shakespeare sonnet each day, via Twitter.
Libraries and Atlases
- Gutenberg Project. An online library of more than 60,000 free eBooks.
- The Harvard Classics. Harvard president Charles W. Eliot said that if you spent just 15 minutes a day reading the right books, you could give yourself a liberal education. He published a 51-volume series, now known as The Harvard Classics, available free online.
- Library of Congress. Digital archives of the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution.
- Textbooks. Free textbooks available on the web, covering everything from Art History to Biology, Math, Physics, and Psychology.
- World Atlas. World maps, atlases, and in-depth geography information.
- World Data Atlas. Great source of world statistics on every country.