Remember January? We sure do. It feels like about ten years ago, but we’re pretty sure we recall it being cold, and most of us had never heard the term “social distancing” before—much less had to think about it on a daily basis. Now social distancing is the new normal. We’re all in this together, so practicing social distancing to keep one another healthy during these unprecedented times is the best thing we can do for ourselves and our senior living community in Belton, MO!

As most of us have discovered, social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation. In fact, “physical distancing” might be a better term for what we’re doing, because (as we’re all learning) it’s pretty easy to be social even when staying physically distant! Figuring out the best ways to keep safe while keeping in touch can be challenging but rewarding. We’re sure you’ve already figured out a few ways to get your socializing in, even these days, but here are a few of our favorites.

Zoom, FaceTime, or Skype to Stay in Touch. Seeing people face-to-face can be a real blessing when we’re all trying to stay socially distant. Video call technology has improved massively over the past few years, so try out a few of the more common apps and see what works for you! You don’t have to wait for a family reunion or a meetup of your college chums to see them. Call someone today!

Send a Letter or Two. Whether you’re writing someone a note on lovely stationary, a slip of scrap paper, or an embossed card, they’ll appreciate that you’re thinking of them. Our amazing Post Office is still hard at work delivering the mail, so take advantage of it!

Set up a Virtual Book or Movie Group. Why not get a group of friends together who all love movies, books, TV, or podcasts and set up a club? You can all decide on something to enjoy, whether it’s a classic or something new, and then set up a video chat. Zoom is great for that!

Work on a Craft Together. A great family activity right now is remote crafting. Remember all those pictures you always say you’ll get around to digitizing? Why not do it now? With Google Drive or other cloud technology, you can create a shareable archive the whole family can enjoy.

Get a Virtual Workout Buddy. Physical activity is crucial, especially these days when no one seems to be getting out and about as much. With video call technology, you can have a workout buddy. You can get through your workout together, or simply chat about it after! There are also plenty of activity-tracking apps out there to help.

Online Dinner Dates. While it’s not as personal as having everyone over, think about it this way: A dinner date over Zoom means social time without all the dishes. It’s all about accentuating the positive, right?

If you have any great ideas on how to stay social while distancing, share them on the official Lazy Acres Belton Facebook page!

Lazy Acres in Belton is a great community whether you’re being social or socially distant. Give us a call anytime during our regular business hours at (816) 331-4886 or fill out our online contact form!