Community, Connection and Creativity

Partners joining together, sharing their creativity.

Pets Together:  an animal farm foundation program
Animal Farm Foundation (AFF) is continuing its Pets Together virtual program which allows those who are socially isolated due to the COVID-19 pandemic to enjoy friendly interaction with pets (including dogs, cats, goats, horses, and other critters) and people. Using live video-conferencing platforms (Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts), the AFF team will schedule real-time visits where people, including those residing in long term care facilities, can watch the animals and participate in friendly conversations with those who care for them. The video chats are also available free to doctors, nurses, and other health professionals on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis. For more information about the Pets Together Program, or to learn how to participate, click here.

Keeping People Connected:  Innovative Methods Using an Infection Prevention & Control Mindset

Contributed by: AHCA / NCAL

AHCA/NCAL has released guidance on innovative methods that senior living and care communities can use to keep residents and family members connected while maintaining a mindset on infection prevention and control.

Click here to open the document

And be sure to visit their website to see stories of how providers are keeping residents engaged and share yours using the hashtag #CareNotCOVID on social media.

Tech Training During the Pandemic

Contributed by: Tech Pals

Tech Pals,  based in Boulder, Colorado, is a non-profit that provides free tech support to older people.  Their mission is to help isolated Elders use technology to get connected.

Information for Advocated:  COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities

Contributed by: The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care

Among the many resources to support Long-Term Care communities during this pandemic, Consumer Voice shares some creative ways to stay in touch with loved ones.

Staying Connected with Family and Friends Living in Long-Term Care Facilities

Opening Minds Through Art

Contributed by: Scripps OMA

Free Lessons for Caregivers to Infuse the Arts at Home. Learn from internationally renowned master teaching- artists how to do art, music, dance, poetry, and drama activities with people who are living with dementia. Each lesson consists of short videos that you can adapt. Spanish lessons included. See lessons here.

The arts are even more important these days to bring joy to those living with dementia.  Below are some of OMAs favorite (and free) resources:

  • TimeSlips: The Creativity Center has ideas for conversations and collaborative story building remotely with people living with dementia.
  • Story Corps: Developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, StoryCorps Connect is a first-of-its kind technology that enables individuals to take part in the magic of a StoryCorps interview with a loved one remotely.
  • Alzheimer’s Association: Take a virtual art museum tour, listen to “Music Moments” or visit zoos and National Parks with links here.

Hundreds of Hours of Free Content

Contributed by:  TouchTown

The team at Touchtown, together with their partners, are offering hundreds of hours of free content with tips for any community (Touchtown customer or not) to implement the content to keep residents engaged.

Click here

The Bridge Virtual Concert Series

Contributed by:  Susan Hebbel, Founder, THE BRIDGE

This is not just “another”  concert!

You are invited to attend – virtually, of course – a series of performances by artists who have donated their time & talents free of charge for senior communities.  These artists are mainly Broadway performers, LA and Nashville recording artists, Disney performers, and music theatre university students.

These  virtual concerts have been shared with over 1000 senior living communities in the country over these last weeks.  The goal, the more seniors that get to see them, the better!

Technology How-to Videos
Contributed by:  LifeSpan

Keeping in touch and even obtaining food is more difficult these days. With the wonderful help of Rochester’s Daniel Jones ( ), Lifespan is happy to provide the following HOW TO videos.

Combating Loneliness, Helplessness, and Boredom

Contributed by: The Eden Alternative®

Join the team from Eden for weekly idea-sharing calls.

Every Friday through the end June 19
11:30 – 12:30 PM EDT

Click here to register

Click here to access recordings and collection of ideas from past calls as well as a schedule of FaceBook Life Events

Covid-19 Resources

Contributed by: Karen Stobbe, In The Moment

Check out the website for tips and ideas to help, including tips to for families of persons living with dementia, a short video with with tips for visiting virtually, and tips for those working with persons with dementia in a care community and more.

Tips For-Families-of-Persons-Living-with-Dementia

Engagement Through Creative Arts

Contributed by: Timeslips

Connecting Through Creativity:  Virtual Creative Care Institute
July 15 & 16, 2020, 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.  EDT
Calling all artists, health care professionals, caregivers and everyone interested in the intersection of arts and healthcare. Leaders and Artists in the field will discuss how to stay connected in the time of COVID-19 and you will walk away with an inspired action plan for both 1:1 and community engagement through the TimeSlips Methodology.

Click here for more information, including how to register for FREE!

Ongoing Creative Resources Delivered to Your Inbox

In case you missed it, TimeSlips has been creating weekly content to be used for in-person or remote creative engagement.

  • Click here to make sure you’re signed up for our Weekly Dose of Creative Care Emails.
  • Click here for past Newsletters
  • Click here to check out TimeSlips Creativity center with lots of great free resources to spark creativity in your community.

What’s Your Story?

Contributed by: LifeBio

Let’s talk!  LifeBio hosts a special time for residents for retirement living communities or nursing homes to meet each other via ZOOM for storytelling and new conversations and laughs every Thursday at 11:00 AM EDT April 23 through June 11.

Seniors, staff, and families are welcome – all ages can join!

Join the Zoom Meeting for video on your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone:

or Call in by phone:

For United States — Dial 888-475-4499 (toll-free)  —
enter the Meeting ID: 962 6055 9007 # #
For Canada — Dial 855-703-8985 (toll-free) –
enter the Meeting ID: 962 6055 9007 # #

Activity Ideas

Contributed by: The Hummingbird Project

A list of in-home activities to help reduce feelings of stress and isolation.


Music Resources from Singing Heart to Heart

Contributed by: Mary Sue Wilkinson, Singing Heart to Heart

Singing Heart to Heart, Connecting through Music, is a website designed to provide music resources for dementia care and activity professionals.

Online Sing Along Videos are all waiting for you HERE on the website.  No sign in or password needed.

Check out Mary Sue’s latest resource,  7 Simple Suggestions for Building a Culture of Music


COVID-19 Resources for Nursing Home Social Workers

Contributed by: The National Nursing Home Social Work Network

Check out the resources that include resources to support residents, staff, yourself, your family along with other helpful resources.


Contributed by: Sage Advocacy & Resources for LGBT Elders

Join SAGE as they match LGBT elders with community members and allies who want to connect during this time of crisis. Share your day. Share your stories. Let’s be stronger, together, with SAGEConnect.

Click here to learn more

Arts and Minds

Arts and Minds in NYC is bringing the “museum space to your space.


Virtual Connections

A hub for teams, individuals, senior living residents and families to access free activity and entertainment resources.


Koelsch Senior Communities

is offering:

Poetry by People Living with Dementia

Living Words and The Things Between Us, a book of poetry created from the words of people living with dementia.

Maria’s Place

Creative activities for people living at home.


Silver Kite Community Arts

An array of creative activities, including free social hours.


Digital Timelines

Contributed by: Memory Well

Looking for a safe family activity to do with grandparents during the COVID19 crisis? MemoryWell is offering FREE digital life timelines. Families can gather virtually & build a life story with photos, music and videos and learn about their family history.

Using Poetry to Engage in Discussion

Contributed by: Circle Talk

Circle Talk shares a poem and discussion questions that can be used to facilitate discussion and support engagement.

Poem: The Guest House
CircleTalk Discussion Questions