Letters & video messages… little heart goes a long way
Through Heart & Soul Story Letters we encourage intergenerational connection through the writing of cards, art, letters and video messages for older people in Aged Care who have been further socially isolated due to the ongoing impacts of COVID 19.
There are so many ways we are able to show we care and keep in touch with the treasured older people in our community. from penning an old fashioned letter or piece of art which is always loved and appreciated, to doing a quick selfie video message that can be shared via Aged Care tablets and phones. In this day and age there’s no excuse not to keep in touch – it’s about dedicating the time. Some ideas below about how to get started.
Heart – Offer some of your heart in your letter; talk or draw a picture of something you enjoy doing, about something special that has happened in your life or you can ask about something special in theirs. A letter or artwork that has been penned with thought and sincerity can bring joy that fills the heart.
Soul – Letter receiving as well as letter writing and creating art is great for the soul. Writing can be very therapeutic and psychological studies show that writing about your challenges, dreams and emotions can help people experience increased happiness, health, and productivity!
Story – Everyone loves a good story … have a think about what story you are telling in your letter. Is it the story of the year just been, or what you are looking forward to about the one coming… do you have a funny story of something that happened to you at home, school or work? Tell the Elder you are writing to something about your life story.
Busy Year 12 student Fredi records a video message for the buddies she used to hang out with during the Seniors & Teens Empathy Program she took part in two years earlier in 2020