California Assisted Living Residents Connect with Students Through Letters

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 22 March 2012

Communication has taken on a primarily digital form in the past decade, but that change has certainly sparked creative returns to the beloved old-fashioned medium: pen and paper. Introducing The Art of the Letter, an intergenerational program out of The Reserve at Thousand Oaks assisted living community in California. It’s a unique “effort to connect seniors and students the old-school way,” according to this article in the Ventura County Star.

Residents at The Reserve are paired with students from California Lutheran University. Per Annette Broersma, community outreach coordinator for the Leisure Care assisted living home, the program is a win-win: “The students are polite, interested and appreciative of the guidance they are given, [and] the seniors are happy to find that someone is still interested in their point of view, which is a real blessing to a generation that can often feel marginalized due to their ages.” Given The Art of the Letter’s success, Broersma hopes to reach out to other assisted living communities and area colleges to expand its reach. When something works so well and costs so little, why not?

Leisure Care Retirement offers elegant resort-style living locations primarily along the West Coast. Explore their community listings here.



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