4 benefits of a senior pen pal programThe benefits of the adult pen pal program can be just as powerful for the children as they are for the seniors who participate. While the kids don’t necessarily know or understand the struggles people have, the positive effect this connection has for both child and adult can be priceless. Here are four ways a pen pal program can make a difference:
1. Combats senior loneliness and feelings of isolation
“Providing community service where we live and work” is written in The BAYADA Way, BAYADA’s company philosophy and guidepost. This key action is especially close to Lindsay’s heart because as a Girl Scout during her own childhood years, she learned the importance and necessity of giving back and making a positive impact on the community. When her daughter, Charlie, entered kindergarten, Lindsay decided to pass on that spirit of service by founding a Girl Scout Troop to better connect to their community. This way, they could give back together while influencing others to contribute, just like Lindsay did when she was a Girl Scout.
Because it was hard to reach and interact with her office’s senior clients in person, Lindsay decided to team up with the Girl Scout troop co-leader and formulate a pen pal program that would benefit both kids and senior adults. She knew that a senior pen pal program could help to ease the loneliness and isolation older clients may feel throughout the year and especially during this difficult time.