When was the last time you received a letter or note in the post from a friend or family member? Something handwritten that someone didn’t dash off but that they spent time crafting and was popped in a cheery card that you could place with love on your mantelpiece, desk or pinboard?
Many elderly folk have fond memories of writing and receiving letters via post, as in their day, this, alongside the telephone, was one of the only forms of communication. There was no email or social media available back then.
The media has for the past few years been bemoaning the apparent fall from grace of handwriting, but it is still something children are very much into and we know primary schools the world over are still teaching it, even if they have all singing, all dancing IT suites.
It’s convenient to think that we don’t use diaries because we favour our iPad planners and that no one writes a handwritten letter because it’s easier and cheaper to email it. More than likely, technology and our overly complicated and very busy lives have distracted us from sitting and staring out of the window, composing ourselves and putting pen to paper.
We think it’s about time we stopped what we’re doing for a moment and took the time out to enjoy the process of handwriting a letter again, so we’re encouraging you to write to an elderly relative or friend and brighten their day.
It can be a lengthy letter all about what you’ve been up to or a simple ‘hello’ in a pretty card, whatever it is, receiving it will make an elderly person’s day and they can take the time to respond – giving them an activity to do for an hour or so.
A lot of elderly people go days, even weeks without communication from family or friends, so it’s important to let them know they’re still in your thoughts, even if you can’t visit them as often as you’d like.