At-Home Activities

Local Support

If you’re caring for a loved one, the coronavirus may be creating some special challenges.  We hope that the information on this page will be helpful.

AgeGuide Northeastern Illinois is the local Area Agency on Aging and the primary aging resource for Chicagoland’s collar counties.

ElderCARE of Lake County is temporarily transitioning their Friendly Visiting program to Friendly phone conversations to engage older adults and assess what needs they might have during this time.  You can also call them for free transportation to medical care.   

Lake County Health Department offers a wide range of health services to Lake County, IL, residents.  

Lake County Sheriff’s Office “Are You Okay?”  (R.U.O.K) is a personal wellness check made by phone to home-bound residents at a pre-determined time each day.

Ongoing Web Support

These websites provide ongoing support for family caregivers. Visit them to learn more about the assistance they can provide and to put your name on their mailing lists to stay up-to-date on upcoming events and information.

Administration for Community Living (ACL) Covid page ACL is the Federal agency that serves older adults and all people with disabilities.

Caregiver Teleconnection offers educational telephone conference calls.  Conferences offered in English and Spanish.  Provided by the WellMed Foundation.   

Caregiver SOS offers weekly and archived podcasts.  Provided by WellMed Foundation.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Covid-19 page  – Information on symptoms, testing, vaccines, travel, and more.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Coronavirus page Information on coverage, staying safe, telehealth, and more. Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Covid-19 Updates.  GSA is a multi-disciplinary organization devoted to research and education in all aspects of aging.

Help for Caregivers offers a wide range of caregiver resources.  Provided by the National Alliance for Caregiving.

National Alliance of Mental Health  – “Covid-19 Resource and Information Guide”

At-Home Activities

Alzheimer’s Foundation Teal Room Daily and archived therapeutic activities such as music, art, dance/movement and chair yoga.

Audible Books Amazon is offering access to these audio books (selected for kids but suitable for all ages) FREE of charge.  No sign-up required.

Covia Well Connected – FREE phone and online program offering activities, education, friendly conversation, classes and support groups targeting older adults.

Institute on Aging Friendship Line:  Dedicated older adult phone line providing

  • a crisis intervention center and
  • a “warm” line for routine, even daily, phone calls that provide emotional support, medication reminders and well-being check-ins.

Mather Lifeways Telephone TopicsParticipants call a toll-free number to listen to a wide range of interesting discussions and programs. There is no cost to participate. Call (888) 600-2560 to get started.

Senior Learning Network.  FREE of learning and entertainment programs.

Tales & Travel Adventures Short travel programs created by Mary Beth Riedner, creator of Tales & Travel Memories.

Virtual Activities During Physical DistancingBrought to you by AgeGuide Northeastern Illinois, this site contains a number of virtual activities including virtual tours of museums, zoos, national parks and more to keep older adults (and younger generations, too!) connected during this time.

Wide Open School.  Excellent online learning experiences for kids.  Click HERE to access.