Surviving “Social Distancing”--PV is Committed to Helping You Get Through the Next Few Months
Avoiding unnecessary social contact is essential to helping prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, but quite frankly, it stinks. One of the primary missions of Penn’s Village is to enrich the lives of our members through various forms of social engagement. While we have to withdraw and limit face-to-face interactions for the health and safety of all of our members and volunteers during this crisis, this page contains tips and ideas about how to survive these restrictions.
Here are some tips to help with “social distancing:"
- If you use a common space like a laundry room in a high rise residence, consider doing so at hours when there are likely to be the fewest people.
- Purchase food and other grocery items by ordering online or by telephone. Some stores are saying they will only bring out the order for outside pick-up at the store’s location while others will deliver directly to your residence. Check before you complete your orderAvoid settings where there are large groups. For example, reschedule any orchestra or theater tickets
- If you are going out less, think about exercising at home and/or taking frequent walks in parks away from other persons.There are exercises for everyone on YouTube when you search balance exercises for seniors.
While we wait for limits on gatherings to end and public spaces to reopen, here is a short list of wonderful, free online resources for your listening pleasure/entertainment. Check back frequently as we update this list, and don’t hesitate to email us with your suggestions.
- For enlightening stories, visit www.themoth.org
- For a variety of spoken word programs (short plays, discussions of current events, comedy, drama) check out: www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/live:bbc_radio_fourfm
- From social change and community, to technology and the environment, everyone has their favorite Ted Talk! Their tagline is “ideas worth spreading." www.ted.com
- Authors read stories by their favorite authors at: http://www.newyorker.com/podcast/fiction
- Did you know the National Gallery of Art offers audios and videos about artists and art genres: http://www.nga.gov/audio-video/video/exhibition.html
- Right now the NPR website offers a timely 35-minute playlist called Calma: A Meditative Playlist for A Challenging Time https://www.npr.org/2020/03/11/814479792/calma-a-meditative-playlist-for-a-challenging-time
- Did you miss one of Terri’s interviews? Find it here: www.Freshairarchive.org
- Enjoy the jazzy sounds of New Orleans: www.wwoz.org
- Learn about the many efforts around our city to combat poverty: https://brokeinphilly.org/
- Remember the talk by Conrad Benner about Philadelphia’s street art? Listen to his interviews with local artists here: https://streetsdept.com/podcast
- Have a library card and a PIN? Check out the digital offerings (eBooks, Audiobooks, movies, music, and magazines) at the Free Library of Philadelphia: Digital Media Guide
- New movie options on streaming offer some solace for the months ahead--most streaming services offer free trials. Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu offer 30-day trials. Disney+ and Mubi offer 7-day trials. The Criterion Channel has a 14-day trial, and Kanopy is free with a library card.
- You can explore the Museum of the American Revolution and its content from anywhere with free digital resources for all ages, including a Virtual Museum Tour, a Virtual Field Trip, a rich archive of Read the Revolution book excerpts, and more.
- Philadelphia Chamber Music Society YouTube Playlist
- Opera on the Couch from the Opera Philadelphia
- All GiveFit Senior Fitness Workout Videos are FREE for the foreseeable future
- Self-Guided Walking Tours - Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia
- How to use Skype, FreeConferenceCall, Zoom and other tools to support digital communities, affinity groups, and connections
- Online digital programs/webinars to bring our programs to your desktop/mobile device
- Digital Happy Hours
Penn’s Village supports and actively encourages a diverse and inclusive community of members, staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers. Diversity and inclusiveness means excluding no one because of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, physical abilities, religious beliefs or political beliefs.