100 Baton Rouge seniors received letters of encouragement for National Pen Pals Day

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Holly Breaux, Garden View Assisted Living, received 50 Pen Pal letters from Home Instead. 50 letters were also delivered to St. James Place Assisted Living.

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Life during a global pandemic fostered deep loneliness for individuals everywhere, especially for seniors who couldn’t be visited by their loved ones due to COVID-19 precautions.

Home Instead in Baton Rouge shared the love by participating in National Pen Pals Day on June 1.

The non-medical in-home care company set “up 100 local seniors with a pen pal.”

The fruits of that labor led to a special day on Tuesday, June 1.

The organization, along with support from local businesses, retailers, and volunteers, delivered letters filled with encouragement and positivity to seniors at Garden View Assisted Living and St. James Place.

“Loneliness is one of the most devastating issues facing our aging population, but it’s also something we’re capable of addressing,” said Matt Cohn, owner of the Baton Rouge Home Instead office. “After a year of isolating at home, we need a little creativity and a lot of intention to ensure regular contact with neighbors and loved ones, even as some social distancing measures are relaxed. A simple act of kindness, such as writing a letter, can really brighten the day of an older adult.”

Anyone in the community can become a pen pal with a local senior. For more information or to submit your own letter, visit www.readytocare.com/take-action/become-pen-pal or call 225-819-8338.

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