Getting Creative to Stay Connected

 

Have a Family Party on Skype & Zoom 

If you’re missing face-to-face connection, Skype and Zoom are both platforms that make video conferencing easier to manage. With a computer and an internet connection — or just a smartphone and data plan — you can download either app for free. Once your family members create their own accounts, invite them to chat. After you’re all connected, catching up will be a breeze. 

Want to make it more exciting? Find a theme! Everyone can wear their silliest hats for a funky hat party or order a pizza and have a pizza party!

 

Try a Game Night with Houseparty

Houseparty is an app that’s very similar to Skype and Zoom, however there’s an added element for fun: games! Download Houseparty the way you would any app. Then, invite your friends and family, and once everyone is online, you can video chat and play games like “Heads Up!” and “Word Racers” simultaneously. The app is free and compatible with iOS, Android, macOS and Google Chrome

 

Go Live on Facebook & Instagram

Social media is one of the best ways to stay connected. You can post your own updates and share photos of what you’ve been getting up to at home all while keeping tabs on your favorite people. 

Both Facebook and Instagram have options to go live, too, so you can share your day and broadcast in real time. Spending some time in your garden? Invite your friends to tune in and chat with you! Starting a new crafts project? Post to your Story so your friends can follow along. And, if you prefer more one-on-one chatting, you can always send private messages, voice messages and video chats. As an additional tip, be sure to double check that your preferred privacy settings are applied before sharing!

Take a Walk Together Over FaceTime

If you have an iPhone, iPad or MacBook, FaceTime already comes included on your device — no need to download. As long as your loved one also has an Apple device, using FaceTime is as simple as making a phone call. Open the FaceTime app on your phone, find your desired contact and place the call. Bring your phone along on a morning walk and get a friend to do the same. Use FaceTime to call them up and it’ll be like you’re taking a walk together!

Want more senior-friendly tech advice? Take a look at our Tech for Seniors blog posts and give us a call at 844-337-6059 to learn more about Brookdale Senior Living.

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