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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