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Daily tips from March 24 -April 6

4/6/2020

Rain got you feeling more stir crazy?

  • Make a fort
  • Pop some popcorn, pull up a black and white movie or favorite classic.
  • Go splash in the puddles!
  • Learn a new hobby with your hands- cooking, knitting, sewing
  • Shadow puppets on the wall
  • Play hide and go seek

4/5/2020

Do you have a green thumb? As spring is here now is a great time to start your summer garden, spring flowers, and create an herb garden that you always wanted.

4/4/2020

Getting in a food rut? 

  • Switch it up with a brunch
  • Break out the China and dress up for the night 
  • Breakfast for dinner
  • Create a mystery dinner with clues to get each part of the meal.
  • Create a favorite meal at home
  • Order takeout from a local restaurant and watch the sunset on your car.

4/3/2020

The stay at home order has been in place for two weeks, what part of your spring cleaning have you done? Start small and do not worry if it doesn't happen right away. Use specifics to help keep you on task. I know you can find tons of books and videos on how to organize (there is even a series on Netflix), but do what works for you and your household right now. Here are some general things that occur in spring cleaning, there will always be other areas to focus on, try to make it fun and involve the entire household if you can.

  • Closets (start rotating in some warmer weather gear)
  • Kitchen (drawers, pantry, shelves, countertops, fridge, freezers, floor, sinks)
  • Bathrooms (Tiles, floor, tubs, showers, sinks, mirrors, shelves, drawers, and toilets)
  • Garage (Boxes, bins, supplies, tools, extras, floors, walls, cords)
  • Craft Stations
  • Toys and Legos
  • Holiday decorations
  • Dusting
  • Vacuum
  • Sweeping
  • Replacing batteries in smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detectors and flashlights
  • Cleaning out vents
  • Replacing filters on air conditioning units
  • Washing down your outside seating areas/ tables/ toys
  • Sanitizing your heavily used surfaces, door handles, remotes, touch screens, phones.
  • Laundry (The ever ending pile which grows during stay at home orders)

4/2/2020

Want to help? We all feel a little helpless and disconnected during this time. 

If you have extra canned goods or non-perishables reach out to your local food pantry, senior organizations, churches, and more to schedule a non-contact delivery to help them serve your friends and neighbors during this time.

Handy with a sewing machine and have extra fabric? Here is a list of a site that connects you with places that need masks. Check out this video tutorial. A kind reminder that they are requesting a different fabric color/ pattern between the front and the back to know what size goes towards the patient and which side goes towards their mouth. 

4/1/2020

Happy April Fools Day!

While we are not going to play a prank on anyone, today reminds us how important laughter is during this time. 

  • Tell /text appropriate jokes to friends
  • Watch your favorite comedy show or movie
  • Have a silly dance moves contest with your family or friends via social distancing and through a portal on the internet
  • Look at silly animal clips on You Tube
  • Make a silly recipe at home- Green Eggs and Ham anyone?
  • Call a friend with kids and ask them some random questions or to tell you a story- always can bring a smile to your face.
  • Look through photo albums of times that made you laugh
  • Drink through silly straws

3/31/2020

Yearning for personal connections? Our amazing full time staff is going to be reaching out to check in with our members by email or telephone starting with our seniors. We miss you as much as you miss us and look forward to saying hello and hearing about your day.

Looking for other ways to connect?

  • E-mail
  • Virtual meetings/holiday dinners/ happy hours through Facetime or Zoom
  • Text Messages
  • Send an old fashioned letter or care package.
  • Phone a friend
  • Send videos to your family and friends of your current activities

3/30/2020

Interested in learning about something new? 

  • Use your LA County Library Card to access free language classes, universal classes, Lynda.com, gale classes, and more.
  • KCET and PBS have created free resources for teachers and parents by clicking here.

3/29/2020

Do you need a break and want to have a little fun? We are getting ready for a theme week. You can dress up as much as you want and you can include family members and pets. These are popular in schools and rarely as adults do we get the opportunity to participate. Please join us this week and share your photos with us on our Facebook page. We will have a random drawing for prizes when we resume regular operations. You have a chance to win every day and get to really distract yourselves for a little bit with preparing for the theme. HAVE FUN and we look forward to seeing your photos! 

  • Monday: Disney Day
  • Tuesday: Favorite Super Hero Day
  • Wednesday: Wacky Socks
  • Throwback Thursday
  • Friday: Crazy Hair

3/28/20 

Help support your local restaurants and if you are able to order take-out or delivery from your local restaurants.

Click here for a list of Calabasas Restaurants

Click here for a list of Agoura Hills Restaurants

3/27/2020

Share the love.

  • Reach out by mail, email, text or phone calls.
  • Connect with your neighbors and friends virtually.
  • If you know someone that cannot go out but needs something, reach out, offer to go to the store, and then leave items on their doorstep. 
  • Smile or wave- we can all use some momentary joy at this time.

3/26/2020

It is easy to get stressed out, become anxious, and overwhelmed during these times. Make sure to take a break when you need it.

  • Turn off electronics, the news, social media, and phones for a short period of time.
  • Watch a favorite show or movie
  • Take a bath
  • Read a book
  • Drink a cup of tea

3/25/2020

Make sure to get a dose of the outdoors:

  • Open your windows for some fresh air in your home.
  • Walk around your neighborhood while practicing social distancing.
  • Do yoga on your back porch.
  • Watch the sunrise or the sunset.
  • Look up at the sky and find cloud shapes or learn about a  new constellation.
  • Garden or do some yard work.
  • For kids create an obstacle course in the backyard.

3/24/2020

Meditation can help you with:

  • Pain Management
  • Improving Sleep and Emotional Stability
  • Quieting the Mind with More Clarity in Decision Making
  • Providing a Sense of Peace and Well-being
  • Lowering Blood Pressure/ Heart Rate

 

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