Enjoy these resources that you can explore at home. We will be adding new resources daily, so check back soon for more resources, activities, videos, and virtual adventures!
AGE of Central Texas experts provide advice and suggestions to common caregiver questions and situations in this series of podcast videos.
- What’s the Difference Between Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia?
- What is Respite Care?
- What Are Support Groups?
- Is Memory Loss a Normal Part of Aging?
- How Do You Answer Difficult Questions Asked by Someone Who Has Dementia?
- Why Do People with Dementia Ask the Same Questions Repeatedly?
- Tips for Selecting Home Health Care
- What Legal Documents Do Caregivers Need to Have?
- What Are the Different Levels of Home Healthcare?
- When Should You Consider Assisted Living Options for Your Loved One?
- What Are the Different Types of Senior Residential Living Options?
- What Are Clinical Trials?
- What Are the Early Signs of Memory Loss?
- When Is It Not Safe to Leave a Person with Dementia Alone by Themselves?
- Understanding the Different Stages of Dementia
- When Should Your Reveal Your Medical Diagnosis?
Articles from the AGE of Central Texas Caregiving Experts:
- 8 Unselfish Ways to Put Yourself First
- How Caregivers Can Continue to Learn
- How Caregivers Can Find Time for New Experiences
- The Importance of Fun/Life Balance
- Is It Safe to Leave a Person with Dementia Alone?
- Misconceptions About Dementia
- NEW! Self Care for the Caregiver
- Understanding the Four Categories of Long-Term Care Facilities for Older Adults
- What Happens When a Caregiver Needs a Caregiver?
- What Happens When Your Care Recipient Has a Serious Illness?
Care partners and aging services industry experts share their suggestions and best practices to help other caregivers who are helping care for an older family member.
- Episode 1: AGE of Central Texas aging expert Faith Unger, LCSW, talks to Rob Faubion, and shares one of her favorite suggestions for other caregivers.
- Episode 2: Senior care expert Christi Buerger shares tips that caregivers need to consider when selecting home health care for their loved one.
- Episode 3: Senior living expert Michael Gill talks about how to discuss the need for assisted living with your parent who made you promise “never to put me in a nursing home.”
NEW! Aerial America: the Smithsonian Channel’s epic series offers rare glimpses of our nation’s most treasured landmarks, all seen from breathtaking heights.
NEW! Animal Bytes: one-page fact sheets from SeaWorld with information about some of the interesting creatures found in the animal kingdom.
NEW! Animal InfoBooks: Explore the in-depth details about animals, environments, conservation issues, and much more in these free e-books from Seaworld.
Austin History Museum: the history, current events, and activities of Austin and Travis County are preserved so that generations to come will have access to our collective story.
Austin Public Library: Austin’s virtual library features audiobooks, movies, music, ebooks, and magazines.
NEW! Bridge of Music: local online Facebook group of musicians who will livestream their performances; request to be added to the group to see the schedule of live performances for free.
Briscoe Center for American History: As a leading history research center, the UT-Austin Center collects, preserves, and makes available documentary and material culture evidence encompassing key themes in Texas and U.S. history.
Calligraphy: Learn the basics of the basics of modern calligraphy and hand lettering in this how-to video.
Chat with a Dinasour: The Field Museum in Chicago invites you to chat online with Máximo the Titanosaur (Patagotitan mayorum) — literally, the biggest dinosaur that scientists have discovered to date
Courses from Ivy League Schools: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) of 450 free online courses available for anyone to enroll.
Crossword Puzzles: 40,000 free online crossword puzzles.
DuoLingo: The free site lets you learn a new languages — including Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and many more.
Free Textbooks: a meta collection of free textbooks available on the web. It covers everything from Art History to Biology, Math, Physics, and Psychology.
Gutenberg Project: an online library of more than 60,000 free eBooks
Harry Ransom Center: explore the University of Texas – Austin Center’s extensive collections of manuscripts, rare books, photographs, artworks, and other materials document our cultural history and the creative process,
The Harvard Classics: Harvard’s influential president, Charles W. Eliot, said that if you spent just 15 minutes a day reading the right books, you could give yourself a proper liberal education. He published a 51-volume series, now known as The Harvard Classics, and they’re available free online.
Howcast: Youtube channels with dozens of “how to” videos, from how to belly dance, read tarot, or juggle — or groom your pot-bellied pig — to how to master life skills.
LBJ Presidential Library: online exhibits include a look at the 1960s, Vietnam War, and diverse artifacts from archives, museums, and repositories across The University of Texas at Austin campus.
Learn Floral Arranging: Austin’s own The Floral Social teaches you fun and easy flower tips in these how-to videos.
Learn the Latin Culture: Austin’s own Esquina Tango is offering lots of classes in dance, language, exercise, music, and more via Zoom Video or Facebook Live – all free by donation.
Learn to Draw: Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence Mo Willems invites you into his studio every day to draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing.
Learn to Scrapbook: Dozens of scrapbooking ideas and how-to videos from Live with Evi
Library of Congress: digital archives of the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution.
Lifetime Connections Without Walls: Offered by Family Eldercare, this telephone activities program for older adults features social and educational sessions, all from the comfort of home.
Ride Rollercoasters: Experience point-of-view rides from TheCoasterViews aboard the top rollercoasters from theme parks across the country.
“A Shakespeare Sonnet a Day“: Acclaimed actor Patrick Steward with perform a different Shakespeare sonnet each day, via his Twitter account.
Solitaire: play online for free, with a choice of game options.
Texas Quarantine Activity Book: get the free activity book and expansion pack created by Texas Humor.
– Lovetts: free daily word searches and crosswords to play online.
– USA Today – new puzzles and other games added each day.
– TheWordSearch.com – thousands of word search puzzles and games to play online or print out
World Atlas: world maps, atlases, and in-depth geography information.
World Data Atlas: great source of world statistics on every country, with data on more than 2500 indicators.
NEW! The Alamo: Texas Country Reporter takes you on a tour of one of the state’s most important pieces of history.
NEW! AllArts: a free streaming service of performances from around the globe, including dance, theatre, music, spoken word, and 70+ short films that were set to appear at this year’s SXSW.
American Baroque Opera Company: enjoy the full-length production of La Serva Padrona by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, performed in English
Aquarium of the Pacific – Lectures: watch videos of top scientists, artists, journalists, and staff members speak on topics such as ocean research and conservation.
Avant Chamber Ballet: Watch the 360-degree world premiere video of 19th Amendment recorded on February 15, 2020, at Moody Performance Hall, spotlighting choreographer Katie Puder and composer Quinn Mason.
Austin Public Library: Austin’s virtual library features audiobooks, movies, music, ebooks, and magazines.
Balance Skills and Drills: exercise video from the Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida
Beth’s Backyard: AGE of Central Texas volunteer Beth Menke takes you on a tour of the flowers in her backyard.
Big Bend National Park: explore the national park in West Texas that includes the Chisos Mountain Range and a large section of the Chihuahuan Desert.
Bluebonnets: take a video tour of fields of purple-colored blossoms in Ennis, TX.
The Brain Scoop: The Field Museum in Chicago shares a series of fascinating videos that focus on different parts of the collection.
Chair Yoga: Led by Sherry Zak Morris, E-RYT, this session for older adults incorporates warm-ups, upper body stretches, standing and balancing poses, and some great sequences for flexibility.
A Crash Course in World History: Best-selling author John Green gives you a playful and highly visual crash course in world history, taking you from the beginning of human civilization 15,000 years ago through to our modern age.
Dance for PD at Home: encouraging people living with Parkinson’s Disease to keep dancing with free videos and excerpts from their At Home DVD series.
Easy Exercise Videos: 10- 55 minute home exercise videos designed for all levels, and created by Austin’s Power for Parkinson’s.
“Harry the Dirty Dog” Betty White reads the classic children’s book Harry the Dirty Dog, written by Gene Zion and illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham.
NEW! Momma Duck Watch: mother-to-be “mAGEy the Duck” has taken up residence in the planter on the porch of the AGE Thrive Social & Wellness Center in Williamson County, where she has laid 16 eggs; Activity Associate Shelley hosts theis series of videos as we count down to having baby ducklings:
– “Meet mAGEy the Duck“
– “All About Muscovy Ducks“
– “mAGEy on Her Nest”
NASA: This virtual reality field trip looks inside a full-scale mockup of the space shuttle orbiter at the Johnson Space Center.
New York City Center: experience highlights from highlights the performing arts center’s musical theatre vault, including selections from Encores!, Encores! Off-Center, and Gala productions.
Palo Dura Canyon: The state park in Amarillo is home to the second largest canyon in the U.S.; the canyon is 800 feet deep, covers 30,000 acres of trails, and includes 15,000 acres of trails.
“Over the Rainbow“: Enjoy the Chino Hills High School Chamber Singers, who recorded their individual a cappella portion of “Over the Rainbow” in their separate homes, and through technology were able to appear together as a family again.
NEW! San Antonio Riverwalk: enjoy the normal hustle and bustle of the area in this short video.
NEW! Saving a Species: Seaworld brings you face-to-face with the wonders of wildlife through these species-focused episodes.
NEW! Texas State Capital: take an educational tour of the towering three-story building that sits in the middle of downtown Austin and housing the offices and chambers of the Texas Legislature and the governor.
The Show Must Go Online: A weekly live Shakespeare reading on Thursdays at 2:00 pm CST, featuring an acclaimed group of actors from across the world, covering the plays in the order they were written, helping actors and theatremakers to stay connected and creative during unprecedented times.
NEW! Turkish Marbling: how-to video shows the art of Turkish marbling, which is totally mesmerizing.
Watercolor Techniques: break out the paint brushes and paint along with professional illustrator Annie Bowler.
NEW! “What the World Needs Now Is Love“: a virtual performance of Burt Bacharach/Hal David’s classic song by students from Berklee College of Music.
NEW! Zoo to You: The Denver Zoo takes you on a virtual safari through daily videos, wildlife-themed activity ideas, and much more!
Zumba with Becky: At-home easy chair exercises for older adults with AGE’s exercise expert Becky Shidlofsky
NEW! Meditate: online resource Headspace offers a free guided meditation, along with articles on how to gain a healthy sense of perspective.
NEW! The Alamo: View 360° panoramic images of the Alamo Shrine and grounds.
American Museum of Natural History in New York: blog posts and videos from the largest natural history museum in the world.
Archaeological Survey of India in New Delhi: the premier organization for the archaeological researches and protection of the cultural heritage of the nation
The Belvedere in Austria: This impressive collection of Austrian art, dating from the Middle Ages to the present day, includes the world’s largest Gustav Klimt collection.
NEW! Big Bend National Park: take a look at Emory Peak or Chisos Basin with a 360° tour of the West Texas national park.
British Museum in London: tour the museum’s Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone.
Dalí Theatre-Museum in Spain: take a tour around some of the museum’s rooms and see some works and objects hosued in the former Municipal Theatre of Figueres that is considered to be the last great work of Salvador Dalí.
Dallas Museum of Art: browse more than 25,000 works of art from all cultures and time periods.
The Frick Collection: Founded by Pittsburgh coke and steel industrialist Henry Clay Frick, the collection includes more than 1,100 works of art from the Renaissance to the late nineteenth century.
The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles: travel back in time to the 8th century with this collection of European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and European, Asian, and American photographs.
The Great Wall of China: explore one of the most impressive ancient structures on the planet.
Guggenheim Museum of Art in New York: visit the permanent home of a continuously expanding collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern, and contemporary art.
Hawaii: Google Earth takes you island-hopping through Hawaii to check out the black lava rock cliffs, lush rainforests, volcanoes, and historic sites.
Kyoto National Museum in Japan: This extensive collection includes more than 12,500 significant works of art—including ceramics, archaeological artifacts, painting, sculpture, calligraphy, textiles, metalwork, lacquer, and other genres
LIFE Magazine Photo Archives: Founded by Time Inc in 1936, LIFE magazine is the visual chronicle of the “American century.”
The Louvre in Paris: visit the world’s largest art museum that originally built as the Louvre castle in the late 12th to 13th century under Philip II.
Mars: NASA takes you to the real surface of the Red Planet, as recorded by NASA’s Curiosity rover.
MASP in São Paulo: check out Brazil’s first modern art museum.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York: more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects, the collection houses more than 5,000 years of art from around the world .
Musée d’Orsay in Paris: get a close look at the works of Monet, Cézanne, Gauguin, and hundreds of other French painters.
Museo Frida Kahlo: visit the home where Frida Kahlo, the most renowned Latin American artist in the world, lived, and worked.
The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston: explore the permanent collection that spans more than 6,000 years of history with approximately 64,000 works from six continents.
The Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar: masterpieces of Islamic art, including metalwork, ceramics, jewellery, woodwork, textiles and glass, collected from three continents and dating from the 7th to the 19th century
Museum of Modern Art in New York: tour the collections of one of the largest and most influential museums of modern art in the world.
New! NASA: take a virtual walk around the shuttle fuselage trainer at the Johnson Space Center.
National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC: wander through an exhibition of American fashion from 1740 to 1895 and a collection of Vermeer paintings.
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul: catch up on the best of contemporary art from Korea.
The Palace Museum in Beijing: installed in the imperial palace of two consecutive dynasties – the Ming (1368-1644) and the Qing (1644-1911) – the museum one of the most prestigious museums in the world.
NEW! Palo Dura Canyon: tour our nation’s second largest canyon that is 800 feet deep, covers 30,000 acres, and boasts 15,000 acres of trails.
Pergamon Museum in Berlin: explore one of Germany’s largest museums and it’s home for the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and the Greek Pergamon Altar.
Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam: Walk among Vermeer, Rembrandt, and many more masters from the Dutch Golden Age.
NEW! San Antonio Riverwalk: enjoy the normal hustle and bustle of the area this virtual tour of the San Antonio river, shops, and restaurants.
The State Tretyakov Gallery in Russia: the national treasury of Russian fine art and one of the greatest museums in the world, the collection consists entirely of Russian art and artists who have made а contribution to the history of Russian art.
Tate Britain in London: part of the Tate network of galleries in England, the museum houses a substantial collection of the art of the United Kingdom since Tudor times.
Uffizi Gallery in Florence: One of the most important Italian museums , it holds a collection of priceless works, particularly from the period of the Italian Renaissance.
Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam: find the largest collection of artworks by van Gogh, including more than 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and 750+ personal letters.
Virtual Museum Tours: Online tours of famous museums around the world, courtesy of Google Arts & Culture.
The White House in Washington, DC: visit this the symbol of the President, of the President’s administration, and of the United States.
Winchester Mystery House: visit the architectural wonder and historic landmark in San Jose, CA, that was once the personal residence of the heiress to a large portion of the Winchester Repeating Arms fortune.
Yellowstone National Park: virtually explore some of the main attractions around the park
Yosemite National Park: a groundbreaking interactive tour of one of America’s most popular and spectacular natural environments.
NEW! Aquarium of the Pacific: watch live feeds of penguins, sharks, jellyfish, and aquarium exhibits.
Bald Eagles: a rare opportunity to see bald eagles up close and relaxed in Decorah, Iowa.
Bison Watering Hole at Grasslands National Park: you never know what wildlife you’ll witness onscreen, but the beauty of this site in Saskatchewan can take your breath away.
Coral City: an urban reef in Miami, Florida that’s part habitat, part science experiment and part art project — you never know who might swim by!
Dallas World Aquarium: watch manatees in underwater action in the large freshwater River exhibit, and sharks prowling in the Cenote Exhibit.
NEW! EarthCam.com: from an elephant trail in Indonesia to manatees in Florida, dozens of nature webcams to enjoy.
Explore.com: Dozens of live animal webcams from across the globe.
Hawk Cam: an urban nest at New York University whose residents are mini-celebrities; the site includes an active chat feature to connect with fellow enthusiasts.
Houston Zoo: see the herd of Asian elephants, rhinos roll in their mud puddle, flamingos float next to a waterfall, and much more.
Monterey Bay Aquarium: 10 webcams to view, including sharks, penguins, sea otters, and more.
Panama Fruit Feeder-cam at Canopy Lodge: all kinds of colorful birds fly by to sample the wares that Cornell Lab’s scientists have left out for them at this conservation site in Panama.
Red Wolf Cams: Check out one of the rarest predators on the planet, courtesy of the conservation breeding program at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY.
San Diego Zoo: watch the live antics of baboons, penguins, polar bears, elephants, tigers, and more from the world famous zoological park.
NEW! Shedd Aquarium: Take a break for beauty with the aquarium’s Underwater Beauty live cam and discover the dreamlike patterns of angelfishes, wrasses, tangs, and butterflyfishes.
Tembe Elephant Park: Watch African wildlife at this popular watering hole on the Mozambique border.
AGE of Central Texas will continue to provide services no matter any losses in revenue — which we expect to occur during the next weeks or months as program participants self-select to stay home. Despite the financial impact, AGE is committed to serving all of Central Texas, and ensuring that we are helping all that need us.
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