Sunday, March 22, 2020

 1001+ Homebound Activities 
Transforming your Home into a  Playspace

One of my neighbors was bummed out that the senior center closed because of the covid-19 pandemic. And I asked myself what could I do for her. Two thoughts came up. One is I would find activities that she could do to keep herself from feeling bored and the other is that I would find activities that I could do with her to keep her from feeling isolated.

This site is broken into two parts, each part deals with one of these two thoughts. Activities to help with being bored and activities to help with feeling isolated.


General Homebound Activities

(Seniors please note: Before doing any suggested physical activities such as dance, yoga or exercise, be sure to consult with your health professional) 

Long Distance Relationship Activities: The Ultimate List 

100 things to do while your stuck inside

What follows are activities by category


Social Homebound Activities 

  Phone Conversation Topics

Are you a cat person or a dog person? (for 100 more phone conversation  ideas select the link below)

Search Results

Web results

What’s your favorite way to waste time?(for 249 more ideas select the link below)

What is the most adventurous moment in your life?(for 39 more ideas select the link below)

Top 40 Cute And Funny Things To Talk About On The Phone

  When conversation becomes slow, whip out your trustee conversation cubes! These can be homemade. You can make as many as you want.
Place random conversation topics on each side, and toss them around to see what your topic for the day is. Try movies, TV shows, previous conversations, music, something random, etc. (for 18 more ideas select  the link below ...)
19 Fun activities and ideas for talking over the phone! 

Have a conversation where you each alternate contributing one word until it forms a cohesive sentence.(for 61 more ideas select  the link below ...)
Haiku is a poetic art form that focuses on self-expression and openness through meditative writing and visual art. Learn how three simple lines can provide any single moment worthy of contemplation. Bring your open mind, imagination, sense of humor, zest for life, quest for fun, and willingness to participate. Everyone can write a haiku, no matter their writing or artistic skill!(for over 70 more phone chats select  the link below ...)

Well Connected: Over 70 Senior Phone chat Groups A week: Free for All

Sometimes people want to chat but have not much to say to each other. One way I create interesting conversations is by reading play scenes together over the phone. You can find over 700 scenes in the link below

Acting Scenes Database

Texting Activities

Tighten up your rhyming skills with this game of rhyme. The first person begins by texting a word or phrase. The opponent then has to text back with another word or phrase that matches the first. Keep the game going back and forth until someone gets stumped. This is a great way to stay in touch with a friend who lives miles away.(for 26 more ideas select  the link below ...)

27 Fun Texting Games - Fun-Attic

This is a fantastic, fun texting game to play over the phone where you select a topic of conversion and you need to talk about it for a minute. It looks very simple, but you are not allowed to deviate from the topic at any time and should not repeat any word more than once. This game enhances the oratory skills of a person as well as the knowledge of their words, not to mention it may lead to improvements in your overall texting speed.

Fun Texting Games to Play over the Phone

Texting Games: The 16 Best Chat Activities To Pass The Time

 An article I read talked of a fellow in a nursing home having just passed away. While cleaning out his room, an envelope was found labeled most treasured possessions. When opened it was found to contain the greeting cards the fellow had received
Electronic Greeting Cards 

The Best Websites for Sending Free eCards - How-To Geek

Email Activities
40+ Games by email
Play-By-Mail: Play Fun Games via Email Casually

Activities with Kids
200+Activities you can do with Kids at home

Alexa Lets Chat 
Say "Alexa Lets Chat"!. This will connect you with an artificial intelligence socialbot that can (hopefully) converse coherently and engagingly with humans on popular topics for 20 minutes

All Amazon Echos will all run  "Alexa lets chat"  
Current  Fire Tablets  will run Alexa  lets chat, so will many older models.
To do so on a fire tablet:
-you must have or create an Amazon account on the tablet
-Go into settings
-Choose Alexa
-on the Alexa page set Alexa to the on position

 Fire Tablets are a lot easier for a senior to set up then an Echo. The 7 inch fire tablet is available for $49 from Amazon

Teddy Bears
"About 35 percent of British adults sleep with teddy bears, according to a Travelodge survey.
Respondents said they snuggled with the toys for comfort and a better night’s sleep, and one expert said the reasoning makes perfect sense.

“Cuddling a teddy bear is an important part of our national psyche as it evokes a sense of peace, security and comfort,” Psychologist Corrine Sweet said in a Travelodge press release obtained by Yahoo! Finance".   link

 I suspect any soft cuddly object will work well too.

Offline  Activties for Seniors
- A printable list of homebound activities that can be given to seniors who have no computer accerss. Link

Grief Resources
Unfortunately there is a good deal  of grief occurring at the moment. Here will be  some resources

Reddit Grief Support   offers a  place to share stories, ask questions or seek advice. Grief affects every person in a different way every time. Whether you are grieving the dead, a relationship, a job, a pet, a place or an era you are welcome here.

This list will be updated throughout the coronavirus pandemic. 

Questions? Ideas?  wtgichelsea (at) 
the url for this website is 

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Walking in Augmented and Virtual Reality

-Walking and Wandering are two very different things. 
-Walking is functional; it is merely the act of getting from A to B on our own two legs. 
-But when we Wander, it is the journey–not the destination–that matters”
-Brendan Crain

Age-FriendlWalking and Wandering The 3R's
- rest stops  (goal 3 minute walk
- rest rooms 
- recreation opportunities
The Health Benefits of Walking and Wandering 
“Did you know that every minute you walk can extend your life by 1.5 to 2 minutes?” -HealthLine

Walking is the " simplest positive change you can make to effectively improve your heart health.  American Heart Association

Walking is one of the best forms of exercise. Unfortunately it can be boring. Wanderin

Finally got my portals working! It's not a VR gif, but its for a VR puzzle game

portal mechanic


Tea for God

Friday, October 11, 2019

Ways to make Walking more Fun

Walking is one of the best forms of excercise but not a lot of fun Here are ways to make it more fun

Ways to make walking more fun

Friday, March 22, 2019

101 ruLes oF fuN!: Play Suggestions for All Ages and Abilities

101 ruLes oF fuN

101 Things to do Outdoors

Play Activities for Special Needs

Play Activities for Toddlers
Outdoors    Indoors      Apps   Curated

 Play Activities for Kids
Outdoors  Indoors   Apps

 Play Activities for Teens
Outdoors  Indoors   Apps

 Play Activities for Adults
Outdoors  Indoors   Apps

 Play Activities for Seniors
Outdoors  Indoors   Apps

Play Activities for Families

Digital Play

Park Everywhere- an Apps for Everyone Index

Augmented Realities overlaying reality with Fun

(add sample AR apps?)

AR Moon

Special Needs Play

Activities  for people with Blindness
Play Apps

Activities  for people with  ADHD
Play   Apps

Activities  for people with Autism
Play   Apps

Activities  for people with Dyslexia

  Play Apps 

Special needs play Analog and Digital

THis is a list of toys avaialble for peoople with special needs from fatBrain Toys