When you have the opportunity for quality conversations with seniors, you realize how the simpler way of life (before technology took over our world in the past 2 decades) was appreciated. Though seniors recognize the wonderful advances for the world at large, they came to rely on the routine of :
a. the phone ringing and having a chat,
b. real face to face conversation (not through a computer screen),
c. a personal letter or card received in the mail.
Though many of us have accepted email, video conferencing, texting, online chats, etc as a normal way of modern life, many seniors wonder how quickly and why everything changed in their world. If we look at the act of receiving mail – think back to the past.
Your mother or father received a letter from overseas and there was a bit of excitement when it arrived. It was something usually unanticipated, a surprise. The letter was about 3-4 pages in length. Someone took the time to put pen to paper because they wanted to reach out to your family to actually communicate in writing. It was written on a good quality paper. A photo or a few photos may be enclosed. The letter was read after dinner with other family members, as a form of entertainment. The letters would be kept and stored with care (just in case). Similar letters were sent once or twice per year and at Christmas, a lovely card was accompanied with the letter.
Today, receiving a long distance letter is unusual. Birthday or seasonal cards e.g. Christmas are replaced with digital offerings in many cases. But not with Happiness at Home Healthcare.
Sending a senior a lovely card or letter?
Seniors appreciate our cards any time of year. When we visit a senior’s home, we see the cards displayed proudly on a dining room or kitchen table, in the living room on the fireplace mantle, or another prominent place in someone’s home. The card becomes a part of family or friend conversations. It brings a simple joy of remembrance to a slower and simpler time. A smile is present on a senior’s face. It halts the isolation and loneliness of these long days.
It’s a good time for a card or letter, don’t you think?