Things to do while quarantined or practicing social-distance

March 17, 2020

During the coronavirus outbreak, Iona’s programs and classes have been canceled, theaters have closed, museums have shut their doors, and we are being told to stay home. We’ve compiled a list of some things that can keep you busy.

1. Online Fitness Videos provide you with a great way to keep active, without leaving your home (or even chair)! Use at your own risk and remember to consult with your doctor before starting a new fitness program.

2. Mather LifeWays Telephone Topics helps you connect with others, learn new things, and enjoy musical performances–all from your home. You can even access guided chair yoga or meditation sessions over the phone. To participate, dial 1-888-600-2560. Programs include:

  • Wellness Programs: Enjoy live, guided chair yoga or meditation sessions to stretch your body or mind.
  • Education Programs: Learn about history, healthy habits, architecture, and more.
  • Discussion Topics: Join a lively discussion on sports, movies, and other topics, and share your own ideas.
  • Music Reviews: Listen and learn about opera, early rock ’n’ roll, and other musical genres.
  • Live Performances: Listen to live vocal performance or master storytelling sessions.
    Click here to learn more about Mather Lifeways.

3. DOROT University School Without Walls offers phone and online courses for older adults and caregivers who speak English or Russian. All you need is a phone, computer, or tablet to join lively discussions on a range of entertaining or educational topics. Some calls are even intergenerational. Gain friendship, support, intellectual stimulation, community, and more. Visit their website or call 1- 877–819–9147 for more information and to see a full catalog of conversation topics.

4. Well Connected offers activities, education, support groups, and fun conversation over the phone or online. You can connect no matter where you are and at no cost to you. Conversations run the gamut, with past topics covering everything from art and zoology to meditation. Well Connected also meets 365 days a year, so there’s always a lively conversation for you to join. Most groups last about 30 minutes to an hour. Newcomers are always welcome! And, if you don’t feel like talking at first, you’re welcome to just listen as long as you let the group know you’re there. If you’re ready to register, please contact 877-797-7299 or email Visit their website to learn more.

5. Go on a tour with these museums which are offering free online tours.

6. Online scrabble is fun if you like games. Download Words with Friends on your smartphone or tablet. You can play with people you know or people you don’t know yet.

7. Learn a language. Download Duolingo, or a similar app, and teach yourself a foreign language.

This is an expanding list! Please let us know if you have recommendations to expand our growing list of online resources by leaving a comment.