Staying at home is the very best thing we can do right now, but it can be a challenge. We're wishing you all the best for your health in this strange time. But it's a great opportunity to relax, learn, explore and enjoy music. We've compiled this list of activities and we're sure you will benefit from some, if not all, of them.
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Music & Radio
We had music and singing (and even some dancing) at some of our Memory Cafés because they can be really fun ways to increase your well-being and to improve your mood. We hope you can use the links we included here to enjoy music and more from the comfort of your home! We do miss having you at the Memory Cafés, but now you can sing and dance like nobody is watching!
Did you know there is an online radio station called Venice Classico which plays 2 channels of beautiful classical music anytime of day or night? You can listen for free at www.veniceclassicradio.eu.
Many musicians under quarantine are gathering together to play (and sing) their favourite pieces online instead. From peaceful springtime songs to energetic Beethoven flash mobs, their clips are helping to lift people’s spirits.
We hope you will enjoy them in your living room:
There’s also this link that has lots of radio & podcasts and offers more variety outside of the great links to classical music that we already have featured. It is also free. Here is the link: http://www.radio-canada-online.com/.
Note that you can view stations from around the world by simply clicking on a country's flag at the bottom of the page.
10-Minute GENTLE Chair Yoga
A 10 minute exercise sequence done completely while seated. There are short breathing exercises at the beginning and end of the video. Developed by the therapists in the Toronto Rehab, Brain and Spinal Cord LEAP Service.
30-Minute Chair Yoga
This 30-minute chair exercise is designed with 3 variations. Square breathing and alternate nostril breathing exercises are also included. Developed by the therapists in the Toronto Rehab, Brain and Spinal Cord LEAP Service.
THE HAPPINESS LAB
If you would like to learn more about the science of well-being, there is an excellent podcast series by Yale professor Dr Laurie Santos called The Happiness Lab at www.happinesslab.fm. Dr Santos explores the science behind well-being and some of what she talks about is surprising! Her most recent podcasts address anxiety and ideas for handling some of the challenges we are currently facing.
VIRTUAL MEMORY CAFéS
Even though our local Memory Cafés are temporarily shut down, many others have gone live online. Find information about Virtual Memory Cafes you can enjoy with a computer or by phone from the comfort of your home.
Click HERE to access a list of Virtual Memory Cafes that you can easily join and participate in.