Whether it's home delivered meals, recipe ideas and tips, or virtual programming for seniors and caregivers, here you will find useful resources to help you get through the pandemic
Congregate meal replacement
During COVID-19, senior, adult day care, and dining centers are closed and unable to offer congregate meals. Seniors who attend dining centers/congregate meal sites, or seniors needing meal assistance can call (813) 272-5250, for information about the continuation of services, or to inquire about beginning new service.
Recipes and tips
Try some easy to make recipes and tips from nutritionistsRecipes & Tips
Virtual programs for seniors
Even with centers closed, you can stay healthy and engaged and find support during the pandemic. It's as easy as dialing a phone number and joining our virtual programs.Center-specific virtual programs for seniors
These virtual programs cover the seven dimensions of wellness: physical, mental, emotional, social, environmental, intellectual and spiritual.
Phone-In Wellness Session
Virtual senior wellness sessions are offered twice weekly on Tuesday and Thursday in both English and Spanish.
- Sessions in English are from 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
- Sessions in Spanish are from 1- 2 PM
- Tuesday sessions offer Fitness Express, 30 minutes of chair exercises with Silver Sneakers-Certified Fitness Instructors, beginning at 12:15 PM
- Thursday sessions offer a variety of music, culture, and arts programs with Prodigy Moves
Each session has segments on topics such as:
- Health and safety tips with a registered nurse
- Healthy eating tips during stressful times by a registered dietician
- Updates related to COVID-19
- Senior resources and links to stay connected
- Activities focused on the seven dimensions of wellness
- Mindful meditation or laughter is the best medicine for stress
Call-in Number: 1-888-585-9008
Conference Room Number: 784132094#
Seniors, stay active and engaged while staying home
Stay Physically Active:
It is important to stay physically active, even when you can’t make it to a recreational facility. Here are a few resources to help you get moving at home:
- Go to Go4life.nia.nih.gov, and find a workout one that works for you
- Workout with Silver Sneakers videos on YouTube. Facebook users can get engaged at Facebook.com/SilverSneakers
- A variety of fitness videos for active older adults are available on demand at YMCA360.org
Stay Mentally Active:
It is just as important to stay sharp mentally. Your Hillsborough County Library card gives you free access to several online learning and entertainment resources. You can apply for a library card online. Check the library website HCPLC.org or follow @TampaHillsLib on social media for the latest library information.
- Learn about personal financing, managing a budget, writing effective emails, project management essentials, computer
- Learn up to 71 languages, from Spanish to Mandarin Chinese or American Sign Language, with access to Mango Languages
- Universal Class allows you to explore over 500 online courses with instructors, practice assignments, and reinforcement tools on topics such as computer skills, personal finance, business, and more
- A wide range of audiobooks, eBooks, movies, and music are available for download
Virtual programs for caregivers
Caregiver support group meetings
Every Thursday we offer FREE support group meetings for caregivers. Each month we will cover a new topic and present new tips to help out.
September Topic: Special Challenges Faced by Dementia Caregivers
Dates and access codes:
- Sept. 2 - Access code: 19343
- Sept. 9- Access code: 79370
- Sept. 16 - Access code: 28571
- Sept. 23 - Access code: 27247
Phone number to access any of the meetings: (312) 874-7636
All sessions begin at 3 PM.
Caregivers can email their RSVP to Angie Toledo-Vasquez or text message to (813) 450-8956.