As senior living communities struggle to come up with activities and entertainment that is COVID-19 safe, different ideas for socially distanced activities are in the works. There are several side effects to isolation and pandemic-related safety concerns, but “the mental and physical health of seniors are of great concern.” With climbing numbers of elderly deaths and depression rates rising as well, socialization and moving around are priorities to “assist in improving the quality of resident’s lives.
Research has shown that “music and movement provide abundant benefits to seniors by increasing cognitive function and memory skills, reducing chances of depression as well as improving overall confidence.” This has spurred the creation of “Seniors Samba,” a quarterly subscription that gives seniors access to 30 minute videos with music from familiar genres and instruments to play along with. The creator explained that “senior communities need this interaction to sustain this extended time of quarantine.”
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