One of the simplest methods for all parties involved is a simple phone call. There’s no new technology for the senior to learn and you still get to hear each other’s voices and have a real-time conversation. Professionals in the technology field have claimed that, “Texting and emailing are often useful for quick, logistical, or low-priority communications, but…. for more complex matters, spoken conversations can’t be replaced.” Therefore, replacing in-person conversation with phone calls is much more effective than with written means of communication like texting or emailing.
If you are committed to the idea of written communication, there is a fun and more personal way to do so. There’s nothing quite like a handwritten letter, especially for seniors. If the idea of touching mail doesn’t sit well with you, you can also write out your letter on a whiteboard or piece of paper and send a photo of it to your loved one via text or email. It can also help improve the mental health of your elderly loved one. According to Domtar, “Research shows that handwriting letters and notes enhances cognition, creativity and social skills.” So, if you’re looking for fun ways to stay connected, use some of the extra time you now have to write out a letter for your loved one.