Silver Linings: A COVID-19 Resource Library

Posted by Silvernest Team on Apr 7, 2020 1:52:28 PM

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These are strange and unprecedented times, but they don't have to be stressful and uncertain. We have been gathering resources that provide entertainment, useful information and actionable tips for making the most of our current coronavirus reality.

 

See below for these resources, and check back weekly—we will keep adding new ones as they pop up!

 

Support and Resources

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Tips from Team Silvernest for making homesharing during shelter-in-place as smooth as possible.

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AARP's hub for coronavirus news, answers, tips and advice, and even recipe and activity ideas.

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Realtor.com's coverage of the coronavirus epidemic as it affects real estate—from mortgage rates to quarantine DIY projects.

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Practical tips to help offset decreased socialization and cognitive stimulation during social distancing.

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Visit this site to search for food banks anywhere in the US.

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Resources from across the state and nation to help address questions and concerns related to COVID-19, including new funding sources that have become available since the outbreak.

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A comprehensive remote caregiving guide by caregiving expert Amy Goyer.

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The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has compiled comprehensive resource lists for both older adults and caregiver professionals.

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Part of the new federal stimulus package includes the so-called "Paycheck Protection Program" for small business. Here's a handy breakdown of the program from Pilot.

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) shared these guidelines for protecting yourself from coronavirus scams.

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Innovative startups are proving that necessity is the mother of invention by finding creative ways to offer community support services. Here are just a few examples.

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We aren't the only ones sharing resources to make this stressful time more manageable—take a look at this great list of ideas from our friends at Encore.org.

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Looking for local resources or opportunities to get involved? AARP has built a nationwide database of resources and service options called AARP Community Connections.

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Shelter is a podcast about housing and social issues in Oregon. Check out the first three episodes on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Thirteen percent of Americans provide long-distance care already. So, what are some things we can be doing now—and once this passes, that we can do later?" Here are some ideas.

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Good News

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The rooms will be available to doctors, nurses, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and other workers through the end of May, according to Hilton.

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Need a smile? Want news stories that focus on the positive, for a change? Tank's Good News is a blog that aggregates the most delightful stories from around the internet.

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It can be overwhelming to look at the day's headlines. Here's a roundup of positive news related to coronavirus from Seattle PI: Stay Positive: Here Are 23 Pieces of Good News Regarding COVID-19

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Here are some heartwarming examples of our current circumstances revealing the best in us: Selfless Acts: How Americans Are Helping Each Other Through the Coronavirus

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Think fashion is frivolous? Think again. Gap, Inc. is one of a growing number of consumer brands using their manufacturing capabilities to provide community support.

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Fun and Distraction

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How to use video conferencing to play traditional, real-life board games with people who are sheltering in different places.

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Caribu is a family app that integrates video-calling with children's books and activities for a "virtual playdate."

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Feeling stressed? Exercise and mindfulness are proven to produce calming, centering effects. Check out these free yoga and pilates sessions from Glo.com.

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Did you know you can take free online tours of museums like The Louvre and the Guggenheim Museum? Visit this page for links to museum tours, as well as virtual opera and classical music concerts.

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To keep your mind active and positively engaged, try an online course. You can access thousands of free higher education courses online, including this selection of Ivy League MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) on ClassCentral.

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Nothing passes the time like a jigsaw puzzle, and there are some really funky puzzles available these days. Check out these options from In the Groove.

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Mental Health

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This YouTube channel offers health and wellness videos for businesses and individuals.

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Download this PDF guide for a simple seven-day meditation and mindfulness challenge.

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The Happiness Lab is an amazing podcast from Dr. Laurie Santos, Prof. of Psychology at Yale University, about the practical steps we can all take to change how we respond to adversity and increase the joy in our lives.

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"Some of the qualities of middle age...may give older people an advantage over the young when it comes to developing resilience." Learn more about how to boost your resilience in this NYTimes piece.

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Feelings and anxieties carry important messages if we have the presence of mind to decipher them. Clearing exercises can help process feelings and discharge some of their emotional weight. Try this mental exercise to reduce stress and create objectivity.

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Feeling stir crazy and anxious? Moving your body and focusing on your breath can have an incredibly grounding effect. Here's a list of free yoga and meditation classes to add to your new quarantine routine.

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This outbreak is highlighting the problems associated with social isolation—and highlighting just how widespread the destructive phenomenon is. Here are five ideas for addressing loneliness from an interview with expert Joy Loverde.

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Have other resources to share? Let us know in the comments—we will update this post every week as we come across new content and information. 

 

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Tags: Lifestyle, Health and Wellness, Podcasts