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Read letter days.

"To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart," wrote the California essayist and teacher Phyllis Theroux.

Theroux would probably agree that letter writing today is a lost art, and so would the members of the Vermont Sunshine Society, a volunteer organization based in the Green Mountain State. The society encourages its members to write letters and develop pen pal relationships with other seniors across the state, many of whom are in nursing homes or other forms of senior housing. Those seniors also receive birthday cards, holiday hellos, and a monthly newsletter called The Gristmill.

According to the Burlington [VT] Free Press, anyone can join, and the service costs nothing. The majority of the Sunshine Society's current 600-strong membership is seniors, but people of all ages are encouraged to sign up. The Sunshine Society is hardly the only organization of its kind in the country. Find out what correspondence programs might appeal to your residents--or better yet, find a way to start one!
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Title Annotation:THE BREAKROOM
Publication:Contemporary Long Term Care
Date:Apr 1, 2007
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