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Social Isolation Resources

Online Resources to Stay Connected and Stay Well


LeadingAge New York has compiled a list of online resources for seniors and loved ones to use while practicing social distancing. We know that this is a difficult time. Social isolation is a growing issue for everyone, especially older adults that may be living alone or in a residential community.

Fortunately, many organizations are rising to the occasion and are offering free entertainment and virtual learning opportunities. We hope this guide will help you navigate the many online resources that are available to you. The resources linked below include online workshops, virtual tours of famous museums, live musical performances, mindfulness exercises and more!

A shareable PDF Version of these resources is available here. If you have suggestions of things you’d like to see on our resources page, please contact Sarah Daly at sdaly@leadingageny.org



Virtual Museum Tours

Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 2500 museums and galleries around the world to bring you virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world.

Below, we have linked you directly to 12 virtual tours and exhibits that were reviewed in an article from Travel and Leisure.

British Museum, London

Guggenheim Museum, New York

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Musée d’Orsay, Paris

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

Pergamon Museum, Berlin

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Uffizi Gallery, Florence

MASP, São Paulo

National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City


Tour World-Famous Monuments

If outdoor heritage sites are more your thing, Google has that covered, too. First, the search engine has a wide variety of landmarks you can visit through their street view, including Stonehenge, Machu Picchu, the Roman Colosseum and the Egyptian Pyramids. The platform also recently launched the Heritage on the Edge initiative, which features five Unesco World Heritage sites under threat from climate change. The project includes 3D maps, augmented reality features, and expert opinions on how we can protect these treasured landmarks.


Connect with Nature

Explore.org offers free live streaming of exotic locations and wildlife around the world; including oceans, African plains, animal sanctuaries and more. Click here to begin your exploration!



6SQFT.com has published an article offering links to recordings of NYC based operas, theaters, concerts, and other live virtual performances. Some theatres are also offering classes or workshops. We have linked several resources below. Click here to check out 6SQFT’s full list of performances and classes.

Metropolitan Opera

New York Philharmonic

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

The Apollo Theater

New York Theatre Workshop

NPR’s Daily List of Online Concerts

Broadway World Living Room Concerts

YouTube Series: Stars in the House

Caveat Comedy Shows

Bake w/ Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi



Free Online Classes w/ Coursea

Free online college courses are also available with Coursea. Once you sign up, Coursea asks for your employment and education history so they can provide relevant course recommendations. Click here to join for free!


HEARTS - Holocaust Educational Arts

Holocaust Educational Arts is a virtual art gallery featuring the artworks of 17 Holocaust survivors. The artwork not only teaches us about the crucial history of the Holocaust, it also offers lessons on human resilience. The gallery has been cultivated by Selfhelp Community Services, and they invite you to share this with your friends, family, and community. It is free of charge and can be accessed on your laptop or smart phone. You can view the virtual viewing room here.

An interview with Fred Terna,  a Holocaust survivor whose art is featured in the HEARTS virtual gallery, is also available on Selfhelp’s Holocaust Education website. His piece “Late Cloud” is a powerful reflection on Fred’s memory of Auschwitz chimney flames. Over video chat, Fred discusses everything from his personal history to what COVID-19 feels like for survivors.


Cooking with Survivors Series

Cooking with Holocaust Survivors is a video series that follows Holocaust survivors as they cook recipes that carry food memories from their lives before the war. Click here and scroll down to watch two free episodes online. 



Selfhelp’s Virtual Senior Center

Selfhelp’s Virtual Senior Center (VSC) offers socialization, education, and recreation in a secure online environment. The VSC offers 25-35 weekly interactive classes on a wide variety of topics including health & wellness, current events, art & history, and more! Class participants can see, hear, and talk to each other, which creates an engaging and dynamic class environment. Joining this online community can increase overall well-being with lasting positive impact on physical and mental health.

Selfhelp is offering a free four-week trial to residents of LeadingAge NY member organizations! The Virtual Senior Center is available to participants who have their own computer, webcam, microphone, and internet set up in their home. Click here to join the waitlist and get started!

To access the free trial, residents must write “LeadingAge NY Member” in the “Referring Agency & Program” field in the google form. Once your fill out the form, Selfhelp technicians will respond to your request as quickly as they can. If the senior accessing the VSC is familiar with computers and can self-install the VSC without assistance, they can go ahead and get started. Otherwise, the Selfhelp team will review the inquiry and then work with residents directly to give access to the center and show them how to login and access classes. Click here to learn more about Selfhelp’s Virtual Senior Center.

Please contact Foon Tong at ftong@selfhelp.net with any questions or technical difficulties.




Mindfulness & Meditation

Headspace is providing a free series of mindfulness exercises, meditations, and sleep experiences designed for people that are trying to cope in this uniquely stressful time. The company’s new landing page reads, “from Buffalo to Long Island, Albany to the Lower East Side, this special NY collection of meditation, sleep, and movement exercises are here to support you through stressful and challenging times. Helping you — and your fellow New Yorkers — stay strong and be kind to yourselves, with a New York state of mind.” Headspace says the free offerings are the result of a partnership with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

To get started with headspace and begin accessing these helpful resources, click here.


Emotional Support Hotline

New York State has established a COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline. The hotline flyer and phone number is linked here.


Last Updated: 5/20/2020

Contact: Sarah Daly; sdaly@leadingageny.org