COVID19: Social Wellness

The purpose of this page is to promote social wellness and help our area residents maintain a sense of community spirit during the COVID-19 crisis.

Beat the Boredom!

  • Central Iowa Community Service has teamed up with NAMI Greater Des Moines
    to bring you an 8-week series of world class motivational speakers, and provide you with front row seats. Better yet, the programs are absolutely free!  The series kicked off Wednesday, April 8th from noon-1:00 with the amazing Michael Veltri. Check out the series and register now at: #WeAreHereWithYou
  • 100 Things To Do –  Stuck at home because of COVID-19? Here are 100 things to do while you #StayHome and practice social distancing from the Des Moines Register

Ideas for Seniors

Well Connected by Covia
Well Connected connects individuals to virtual classes, conversations, and other activities and are accessible by telephone. Programs are available in both English and Spanish. They are facilitated by volunteers and professional staff members. Whether you like art or zoology, music or meditation, there is a program for you. Well Connected members call in via a toll-free number at a set time each week, with some groups also offering the option to connect via computer, tablet, or mobile device. Most groups last 30 minutes to an hour with around 12 participants. Newcomers are always welcome! If you don’t feel like talking at first, you’re welcome to just listen as long as you’ve let the group know you’re there.

Lifetime Connections Without Walls by Family Eldercare
Telephone activities program that provides opportunities for older adults to connect with others in their community and across the country using a telephone conference call system. They offer social and educational sessions, friendly conversation, and support groups from the comfort of home. Sessions are facilitated by volunteers and professionals. All you have to do is register for a session and the system will call you at the time of your session. You just have to answer the phone and press 1 to connect. You may also call into the session on your own.

Friendship Line by Institute on Aging
The Friendship Line is both a crisis intervention hotline and a warmline for non-emergency emotional support calls. It is a 24-hour toll-free lines and the only accredited crisis line in the country for people aged 60 years and older, and adults living with disabilities. We also make on-going outreach calls to lonely older adults. Knowing that older people do not contact traditional suicide prevention centers on a regular basis even if they are considering suicide, we created the only program nationwide that reaches out to lonely, depressed, isolated, frail and/or suicidal older adults. Our trained volunteers specialize in offering a caring ear and having a friendly conversation with depressed older adults.

Keep Reading!

The library is closed for now, but there are plenty of ways to keep reading, learning, and engaging with new books using the Internet. Take a look at all the tools below and continue to check out library books on your smartphone, tablet, or e-reader via the Overdrive and Libby apps, (available for iOS and Android.)