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Five Ways Boomers Can Stay Connected During

Five Ways Boomers Can Stay Connected During

Five Ways Boomers Can Stay Connected During
Five Ways Boomers Can Stay Connected During

Five Ways Boomers Can Stay Connected During Quarantine

Most of us baby boomers were and social before coronavirus infection suddenly invaded our habits.

With social distance and quarantine to help stop the spread of the virus, it is easy to feel lonely, isolated, and sad. What can we do?

Just because we can’t physically interact with each other doesn’t mean we can’t communicate and interact safely – it’s

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not that hard, thanks to technology. We can still have a little more fun than being destroyed here in Coronaville.

If you’re not up to date on new things that help relationships almost, here are some options:

* If you haven’t started using Zoom, it’s absolutely amazing and allows you to host up to 100 people. On a budget?

They have a free plan that allows you an unlimited number of meetings if you keep each meeting no longer than 40

minutes.

Five Ways Boomers Can Stay Connected During Quarantine

* Houseparty is a free app that allows up to eight people to be on the phone at once. You find fun to have with your

friends when you participate. For example, you can play sports such as entertaining essentials or playing music.

* Marco Polo allows you to send messages that take only a few seconds. But unlike Snapchat, the app saves videos so

you can have a run chat with your friend or a group of friends.

* Yes, there’s still Facetime – which can now host up to 32 people (when everyone gets the new iOS), Google Hangouts, and Skype.

Okay, let’s say you’re ready to go. Not sure how to have fun almost? Or maybe you’re afraid to have conversations on

social media? Here are some good ideas to help you:

Have a Special Happy Hour

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Five Ways Boomers Can Stay Connected During Quarantine

Special happy hours can restore normalcy and happiness to our lives while giving us something to look forward to in

these difficult days. My husband and I were recently invited to one and were pleasantly surprised by the satisfaction

of this social organization. The host asked everyone to make their favorite drink and then share the recipe with other

guests. We also shared tips on how to deal with the disease. One couple described how to do their shopping online

through Instacart – which I had never heard of before. Another explained that there is a “Touch Up” Filter on the

Zoom to help you get the most out of it (I’m a little disappointed with this information!).

Five Ways Boomers Can Stay Connected During Quarantine

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Need some ice? Start with a check-in to see how everyone is doing. What Netflix show are they enjoying while in

quarantine? What pictures or books do they recommend? What’s the best podcast they’ve had? What new music

have they discovered? What training videos motivate them?

Or ask guests to take a special tour of the room they are calling and point out something interesting. It may be a

reminder from another country, a gift from a child, or the writing of a book they have begun to write. Once people

drink, they may be willing to share the most embarrassing part of the clothes they wore while in custody. Or share

hidden talents. Can they touch their tongues to their noses or irritate their ears? It’s always good for the show! Do

you want to put everyone in a happy mood? Ask people what their first trip or vacation would be when everything

was back to normal.

Five Ways Boomers Can Stay Connected During Quarantine

Five Ways Boomers Can Stay Connected During
Five Ways Boomers Can Stay Connected During

Make a Training Video with a Friend at Zoom

Feeling uninspired to exercise? Are you used to working in a team at the gym? Many YouTube channels, such as

Fitness Blender, are full of free home workouts. Invite a friend or two to join you on Zoom and click on the share

screen button. Websites like Orangetheory offer free games every day. Many fitness centers such as Retro Fitness

have also started offering free workouts on Facebook.

Enjoy movie nights

You can also use Zoom’s watch sharing function to view a movie with friends. Take Netflix Party, for example, an

extension that allows multiple Netflix users to watch a show together from different locations. Your video is

Five Ways Boomers Can Stay Connected During Quarantine

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coordinated and there is a basic chat function that allows you to exchange information.

If there is too much technology for you, feel free to watch the same video or show it and jump on the phone, Skype,

or FaceTime to discuss later.

Have dinner with Friends

Since restaurants were banned, my husband and I offered to pick up some food from a local restaurant and throw it at our friend’s door.

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