Keep your Senior Community Involved With a Newsletter
There are many different types of senior communities. Most are quite large and not particularly geared towards fostering relationships between residents.
A senior newsletter is a great way to encourage residents to get involved with both their community and each other. Some seniors have mobility issues, so a newsletter is especially beneficial for them.
They can get their community news without leaving the comfort of home. From there, they can decide which activities they can participate in and which they cannot. They can also form relationships with other residents, even if it’s by phone or email.
Newsletters are a Great Way to Keep your Senior Community Involved
A good community newsletter includes the following aspects:
- Newsworthy senior information, such as Medicare information, local ride services and medical information, such as where to get flu shots
- An easy-to-read calendar for the upcoming month that includes all community activities
- Phone numbers and contact information for key community members
- A highlight page for birthdays and new residents
- Interesting news pieces and anecdotes for seniors
Good newsletters encourage residents to get involved. They also report on any financial concerns, such as where dues money is being spent and what items need to be repaired.
Read the Newsletter and Get Involved
There is usually a gathering planned for each major holiday, such as the 4th of July brunch. Prices are generally affordable and reasonable.
The food and entertainment is typically quite good and well worth the nominal fee. These gatherings are the best way for senior residents to get to know one another.
Indeed, it may be the only way, especially for those seniors to cannot or do not become involved in other community activities.
Seniors are particularly prone to scams and property break-ins. Some are too trusting and naive. They are lonely for someone to talk to.
They believe that a friendly voice on the phone and readily comply with a scammer’s scheme. Other seniors don’t hear well and may not notice the squeak made as an intruder raises an unlocked window.
A senior newsletter can report scams taking place, warning residents ahead of time not to fall for them. It can encourage residents to increase their personal safety by cutting back bushes, installing motion-detector lights and making sure all door and windows have burglar-deterrent locks installed.
A newsletter can report on any recent break-ins, alerting residents ahead of time. Each senior should have the number for the local police department available at all times.
A senior resident should never be afraid to have their nose out their window, looking out for their own safety, as well as that of their neighbors’.
Senior community newsletters, like The Cottage Gate, printed at Heritage Printing, create a sense of community. It makes people more watchful and more likely to report strange people and vehicles.
Many newsletters feature a Neighborhood Watch. Residents volunteer to drive or walk through sections of the property at certain hours, watching for unusual activity. It’s a great crime deterrent.
It’s also a great way to get out, meet the neighbors and get some exercise. Take the dog. He or she may notice something a human won’t.
Grateful neighbors may invite these volunteers in for a cup of coffee. Who knows what wonderful friendships may begin this way?
Every senior community should have an appropriate, entertaining monthly newsletter for its residents. It’s a wonderful social, informational and protective tool for vulnerable seniors.