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Why Should Seniors Have Pen Pals?

There is something special about receiving a letter or email from a friend in a nearby town or a faraway country. However, seniors can enjoy many benefits from corresponding with a pen pal that go far beyond simple pleasure. Toronto in-home care experts want to share some of these advantages with you and your elderly loved one.

Discover New Interests

For many seniors, it can be easy to get stuck in a rut. This is especially true for seniors who live alone or are unable to get out of the house often enough to stave off boredom. However, writing to a pen pal can help your loved one expand his or her worldview. As your loved one learns more about the pen pal, he or she will be introduced to new ideas and activities that could spark further interest.

Increase Physical Health

Although letter writing is not particularly strenuous, it does offer a way for seniors to exercise their joints and increase their dexterity. Seniors who know a pen pal is looking forward to hearing from them may also be more likely to take care of their health so they can continue the friendship for as long as possible.

Enhance Memory

Letter writing can be a wonderful way for seniors to exercise their brains. As your loved one recalls stories to tell the pen pal, he or she will be strengthening memory skills, and the process of reading letters can further strengthen your loved one’s cognitive and language skills.

Establish Social Connections

Boredom is not the only pitfall for a senior who lives alone. Loneliness is common among older adults, and even those who receive regular visits from family, friends, and caregivers in Toronto may occasionally feel sad. Since letters can be read and reread again, a pen pal can become a unique member of your loved one’s social circle, giving him or her an instant mood lift whenever it is needed. Having a pen pal also provides the opportunity for your loved one to trade jokes and inspirational messages that can lift spirits on a challenging day.

At Home Care Assistance, we believe strong social ties are essential to a senior’s wellbeing. In addition to many other healthy lifestyle habits, this concept factors heavily into our proprietary Balanced Care Method (BCM), an evidence-based program focused on promoting longevity for the elderly. BCM is included free of charge with any of our senior care services, and we also offer comprehensive Parkinson’s, post-stroke, and Alzheimer’s care Toronto families trust. For more information, call one of our friendly Care Managers at (416) 488-8777 to schedule a no-obligation consultation.