Recreation Bags to Fight Social Isolation

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Provided by Prince William County

The Prince William Area Agency on Aging has made strides since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to help the most vulnerable older adults deal with this transition period. In addition to providing meals to those in need and a Virtual Senior Center to those with internet access, the Agency has developed a recreation program to help combat social isolation.

Starting in late November with the Agency’s Adult Day Healthcare (ADHC) and Senior Center Divisions, distribution of recreation bags consisting of items that are designed to support mental, physical and social wellness began.
While adhering to social distancing guidelines, the ADHC Division hosted a drive through social experience in the parking lot of the Woodbridge Senior Center on Nov. 20. When the Senior Centers followed suit with participant pick-ups on-site, ADHC participants were invited to pick up a recreation bag and welcomed with signs made by staff, hot cocoa and cookies.
Each participant received an individualized recreation bag with items such as puzzles, virtual companion pets, exercise DVDs, word game packets and craft and watercolor painting packets for use with virtual videos staff created.
Recreation bags are distributed to hundreds of senior residents across the County and help make this time a little brighter for the recipients.

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