COMMUNITY TAKING CARE
Letters to the Elderly
Write a letter to an elderly citizen in a nursing home or assisted living facility to brighten up their day! We’re not all Hemingways, but we can all make something beautiful for ourselves and others by putting pen to paper. In the digital age, words on paper are a novelty that we overlook. Letters are something to cherish: to set on a desk, to stick to a fridge, to bind in a scrapbook. That’s where we come in. Through the nonprofit, Love for the Elderly, we can show our care and support to elders in senior communities across the country. These include nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospices, and senior centers.
You can write by yourself or as a whole family. Take a few minutes right now, sit down, and write a letter to an elder (a stranger) telling them about yourself, maybe say a joke or a riddle and let them know that you’re thinking of them. Making a difference can be so simple, yet it can be incredibly impactful! It might feel difficult at first to be writing to someone you don’t know. My advice: just pretend like it’s a conversation! What kinds of things would you want to talk about to a stranger? What could you share about school or your life as a teen/child that might be very different from their own lived experiences? If you like to draw or doodle, add an illustration to your letter. Snail mail is back! Check out the guidelines on Love for the Elderly’s website.