Tips for Writing to Seniors

We would love to see what you are mailing. Please tag us so we can share!

Think of it as a conversation – what would you say when you meet someone new?

Here are some things to think about:
  • Be creative – make your own card, create your own stationery to write on, include a drawing! Check Snail Mail 101 if you need some ideas.
  • Be kind and thoughtful, encouraging and positive
  • Share funny stories, anecdotes about children, and anything to do with animals/pets!
  • What’s growing outside? What do you hear or smell?
  • If you are writing from a different part of the city or province, describe it or why you like living there
  • For those of you writing pen pal letters, remember to ask questions about them too

Some final thoughts

  • Please write legibly and perhaps a little larger than normal.
  • Handwritten is always preferred but if you truly think your handwriting or printing is illegible, then okay, type or print it out from the computer.
  • Avoid religion. Please refrain from including anything religious in your letters, such as religious quotes, words like “God,” etc.
  • Just in case, when you seal your envelopes or if you are using old stamps that are gummed instead of adhesive, please don’t “lick and stick” but use a damp sponge or something else.
  • If you’re sending more than 1 letter, i.e. a pen pal letter and a general greeting, leave your enveloped letters unsealed and unstamped and put them in a larger envelope to send.
  • If you are writing a pen pal letter, it would be appreciated if you would consider including a SASE – self addressed stamped envelope – as during this period of restricted access, requesting stamps and envelopes might be more challenging for residents and staff. Thank you!

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