How to Start a Pen Pal Program for Seniors

How to Start a Pen Pal Program for Seniors

User Profile By Haley Burress   United States

Found In: Activities Articles

There’s nothing like a pen pal program to bring some anticipation and fun to your senior community. Here’s how to get started and (most importantly) how to keep it going.

When was the last time you anxiously awaited something to come in the mailbox? There’s nothing quite like the anticipation of expecting a handwritten note or treat from someone who lives far away. Bring this joy to your residents by starting - and maintaining - a pen pal program.

In this article we cover:

  • 8 Benefits of a Community Pen Pal Program
  • 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Getting Started
  • 7 Steps for a Successful Pen Pal Program

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Karen 12th Oct 2022 Activities Director
I am an Activities Director for an independent and assisted living facility on the coast of Maine. We would be interested in starting a pen pal program with a facility in another country perhaps...though not opposed to another state here in the US. Would love to chat with anyone else interested.
Susan 24th Feb 2021 Activity Director
I think you might be interested in this comment thread

Isela 23rd Feb 2021 Activities
@lashonda i am located in San Antonio,Texas Westoverhills Health and Rehabilitation
Susan 17th Feb 2021 Activity Director
Hi isela
I suggest reading this forum comment because there are many who want to be in a penpal program
Why not contact them
Isela 17th Feb 2021 Activities
i am looking to start a pen pal program for my facility i am a brand new activity director and would like some ideas do not have an assistant at the time it is only myself
Lashonda 21st Feb 2021 ACTIVITY COORDINATOR
@Isela where are you located I would love to connect