Writing Letters to our Senior Citizens

I think many people are intimidated with the idea of writing a letter; that blank sheet of stationery, a blank new Word document  or a blank email scares many of us.  What do I write? What could I say that would be interesting to someone? I don’t have time to write a letter?

Well, in the case of writing to our Seniors Citizens, any email or letter you write and send to them will be interesting. You will be keeping them connected to your family, your community and the world around them. Emails or letters do not have to be long multi page efforts. The joy of sending an email is that we expect it to be a short update or note and the bonus is that we can easily attach a photo, artwork or newspaper article.

I found this article entitled Letter Writing – Bless an Elder posted by Karen Everett Walker of AgingEnriched.org that struck a chord with me.  Aging Enriched Network is a one-stop information and referral network of the Lutheran Homes of Michigan. The article talks about the dying art of letter writing and the impact that receiving a letter has on our Seniors. The article provides some wonderful ideas as writing prompts for starting a letter. http://www.agingenriched.org/careblog/387-letter-writing-bless-an-elder?goback=%

This article reminded me how useful the Write2Them service can be for keeping our aging parents who prefer not to use or do not have access to a computer or email connected with family and friends. Write2Them is the best of both worlds; it lets you use email to write to your loved one, but without the hassle of handwriting a letter, finding an envelope and stamp and taking it to the post office.

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About Helen Simmons

I am founder and Executive Director of Write2Them, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving communication between family members and loved ones in military service by turning email into letters from home. You send email and your loved one receives a letter. I am a proud mother of a Airman, a wonderful daughter and son-in-law and wife to my wonderful supportive husband of 30 years.
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3 Responses to Writing Letters to our Senior Citizens

  1. I love this idea and plan to share it with our staff and Caregivers.

    • Deneen,
      Thank you for passing the word along to your staff and Caregivers. Please let me know if I can provide any additional information about our services.
      Home Instead looks like a wonderful company. Have you had have the franchise for very long?
      Best regards,
      Helen

    • Deneen,
      Thank you for passing the word along to your staff and Caregivers. Please let me know if I can provide any additional information about our services.
      Home Instead looks like a wonderful company. Have you had have the franchise for very long?
      Best regards,
      Helen

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