April 6, 2020

COVID-19 Resources

There are many COVID-19 resources available online. Our team has compiled a list of valuable resources specific to older adults, and those caring for older adults, to assist you and your family during this pandemic. If you have any questions, please reach out to our Wellness Initiative Lead, Laura Rice-Oeschger, LMSW at lerice@med.umich.edu.

To find out how the Center has been impacted by COVID-19, and the activities that will be impacted, please see our full statement available here.

This section specifically shares local resources for older adults living with or caring for someone with dementia.

U-M Geriatrics Center
The University of Michigan Geriatrics Center compiled a master list of resources on the following topics: emotional support for caregivers, caregiver mental health, home care, online caregiver and dementia training, food delivery and senior grocery resources, senior-specific entertainment, and more. You can access the resource here There is also a podcast interview of Drs. Lona Mody, Professor of Medicine and John Mills, Associate Epidemiologist sharing information about COVID-19 and how it specifically impacts older adults here.
Area Agency on Aging 1-B
AAA 1-B serves several counties in southeast Michigan and has compiled a wide range of resources surrounding food resources, grocery pickup and delivery options, assistance with isolation, telephone support groups, scam alerts, and housing / utilities. The page is available here. AAA 1-B also offers a regular Caring Together podcast. An episode that is especially timely given the COVID-19 pandemic is available here. AAA 1-B also offers one-on-one caregiver coaching. More information is available here.
Detroit Area Agency on Aging – The Senior Solution
The Detroit Area Agency on Aging can help with a wide variety of needs for older adults living in Detroit and metro-Detroit areas, including nutrition and social work services, wellness checks by phone, meal delivery, grocery pickup, and more.  For more information, call 313-446-4444 or visit the website here.
U-M Information & Technology Services
The COVID-19 pandemic is a high threat time for many reasons. Technology and financial threats are also skyrocketing at this time. Visit the U-M IT Services site for a summary of ways to be safe and prepared here.
Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
The Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program meets every Wednesday evening at 6:30PM to answer questions about COVID-19 in long term care facilities. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak evolves, the long term care ombudsman program  continues to advocate for residents in licensed nursing homes, adult foster care, and homes for the aged. They recognize the importance of keeping family and friends informed of ever-changing guidelines for nursing homes and other long term care facilities. They have created weekly question and answer sessions. Sessions are one hour and take place every Wednesday at 6:30 pm. We encourage families and friends of residents to join the calls. If you have a specific question you would like answered, please contact the team at 517-827-8010 and leave a message or send them a detailed email at MLTCOP@meji.org. They will be posting the questions and answers we discuss each week on the website here. How to Join the Weekly COVID-19 Calls
  • To join by Zoom over the computer
  • please click here
To join by phone Call 1-929-205-6099 Meeting ID: 829 7146 7655# Participant ID # Password: 838159

This section shares national resources for older adults living with or caring for someone with dementia.

Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association regularly offers a 24/7 helpline to provide support. Find more information about this valuable resource hereThe Association also compiled a list of resources specifically for dementia caregivers during COVID-19 here. Virtual support groups for those living with dementia are offered here, virtual educational programs are offered here, and virtual and in-home activities for those living and caring for someone with dementia are available here.

National Council on Aging

Do you need help receiving your medications or transportation? Or do you need access to care or your benefits? The National Council on Aging compiled a list of resources available here. The Council also provides a resource detailing specifically what older adults should know about the Coronavirus here, and potential Coronavirus-specific scams here.

Family Caregiver Alliance

The Family Caregiver Alliance details how to get your home ready for quarantine and how to care for someone at home who may have COVID-19, among other resources, here.

Penn Memory Center

The Penn Memory Center at the University of Pennsylvania Health System compiled a COVID-19 survival guide specifically for those caring for a loved one with dementia here. Isolation, increased stress, and changes in daily routine can generate challenges for you and your loved one with dementia. This article offers guidelines for managing daily care at home and coping with anxiety during this difficult time.

Wisconsin Public Radio

As health authorities urge social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, finding meaningful connections can be a challenge. This interview discusses ways to stay emotionally engaged with the creator of TimeSlips, an award-winning project that connects elderly residents through art and storytelling. Find the full interview here.

Our Wellness Initiative takes a mindfulness approach to build stress resiliency among dementia family caregivers. This section shares mindfulness-specific resources that may serve valuable for any and all audiences during this pandemic.

"Listen to this First" podcast by Laura Rice-Oeschger, LMSW

Our Wellness Initiative Lead, Laura Rice-Oeschger, LMSW put together a podcast, specifically for those new to mindfulness practices. Listen on Simplecast here or on iTunes here

Headspace Meditations for Michigan Residents

Now more than ever, it’s important to take care of yourselves and one another while each of us stays home and stays safe. Governor Whitmer and Headspace are offering a special collection of meditation, sleep, and movement exercises designed to help you keep a strong and healthy mind in the midst of this global health crisis. Access these meditations here.

Weekly Virtual Mindfulness Meditations

There are several local groups that offer weekly group meditation practices online. The Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness offers a variety of dates and times here and the Beaumont Center for Mindfulness offers other dates and times here.

National Mindfulness Resources

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn is a professor emeritus of medicine and the creator of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Kabat-Zinn leads a video on mindfulness, healing, and wisdom in the time of COVID-19 here.

Dr. Rick Hanson is psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. He has collected several thoughts and videos on being resilient during the Coronavirus. Access these resources here.

Sharon Salzberg is a national leader in the mindfulness space and a New York Times best-selling author. Sharon provides several COVID-19 resources, including her own "Survival Guide" and a Loving Kindness Practice here.

Lastly, Drs. Chris Germer and Kristin Neff, co-founders of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion in San Diego, provide an article on how self-compassion can help us and others during this trying time. Find the full article here.

This section specifically shares virtual activities to keep yourself entertained at home.

Zoo and Aquarium Live Streams

While we can’t visit the zoo, we can still watch some of the animals there through live streams.  There are many zoos around the country promoting live streams of their animals via their websites.  Take a look at some of them below.

Detroit Zoo Live Otter Cam: Available here

San Diego Zoo Live Stream: Available here

Monterey Bay Aquarium: Available here

Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam: Available here

Houston Zoo Web Cams: Available here

Georgia Aquarium Ocean Voyager Cam: Available here

Concerts and Music

Enjoy performances together in the comfort of your own homes. The options below include both live-streamed concerts and prerecorded archives of concert performances.

Music Moments from The Alzheimer’s Association

The Music Moments album from the Alzheimer’s Association features award-winning artists coming together for a collection of new recordings and unreleased tracks.  These songs honor the personal, emotional connection between music and the most important moments in life that we never want to lose.  Each track is paired with behind-the-scenes videos and personal stories connected to the songs selected. Available here.

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra features free online live streamed performances listed by date they are scheduled for, as well as hundreds of prerecorded performances available any time, night or day. Available here.

Virtual Museums

Many local and national organizations are offering art exhibits online for families to view at their leisure and discuss the art work together.

Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center online exhibits: Available here.

Detroit Historical Society YouTube Channel:  Available here.

DIA Art Collections online: Available here.

Watch Live the Frederick Meijer Gardens and Conservatory: Available here.

The Louvre virtual tours: Available here.

NASA image archive to explore space: Available here.

National Park Tours

We may not be able to travel right now, but some of these virtual tours of national parks are a great way to see some amazing parts of the world.

Hidden Worlds of National Parks Page

View various national parks on one site here.

National Park

Take a virtual tour of one of the country’s most beautiful national parks here.


Stay engaged with online puzzles. There are a couple of options here, and many more at your fingertips with a simple online search.

Online Word Search Puzzles: Available here.

Online Jigsaw Puzzles: Available here.

Reading and Writing

There are many online reading and writing activities both locally and nationally.  We’ve included a few here.


TimeSlips, founded by MacArthur Fellow Anne Basting, supports a global movement to bring meaning to late life through creative engagement.  The TimeSlips website offers resources including prompts to create stories together using photography and poetry, and to reminisce about past times.  Visit the website here.

Academy of American Poets

Find poems and poets here and see the poem of the day.  It might inspire you to create poems of your own together. Available here.

The Ann Arbor District Library

The Ann Arbor District Library now has a YouTube channel with various tutorials, music, and readings.  Other libraries in your area may also be doing similar online programming. Available here.

Virtual Field Trips

Please find this resource available here.

For credible disease information, please reference the resources below.

Center for Disease Control

The CDC provides official guidelines pertaining to COVID-19. Visit this site for information on how to protect yourself and what to do if you are sick. The site explains symptoms, case and public health information, and more. Visit the site here.

Michigan Medicine

Michigan Medicine provides a comprehensive list of updates surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic here.