Murrieta Gardens Senior Living seeks pen pals for older adults

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Murrieta Gardens Senior Living specializes in memory care for primarily older adults with Alzheimer’s disease. According to Amy Vaca, activities director at Murrieta Gardens, she tried to start a pen pal program for the residents in March; however, many residents struggled with writing letters due to memory loss.

“Our residents have a hard time writing even with assistance,” Amy said. “But if you’re willing to write I could definitely read it to them, they really do enjoy that.”

Although many seniors at Murrieta Gardens are unable to write, they still enjoy reading and looking at photos. Katie Oleksy, a local resident, reached out to Murrieta Gardens recently to see if they had a pen pals program.

Oleksy said Vaca encouraged those who are interested in brightening an older adult’s day to send pictures, drawings or letters to Murrieta Gardens at 24200 Monroe Ave., Murrieta, CA 92562.

From playing music to writing letters, Murrieta Gardens Senior Living helps older adults with memory issues live their lives to the fullest. During a time where human interaction is limited due to social distancing, Murrieta Gardens provides their clients with daily activities.

“Through curated outings, unexpected programs, hobbies, artistic pursuits, interactive lectures, exercise classes and so much more, our residents celebrate each day to the fullest and have a lot of fun along the way,” Murrieta Gardens said in their mission statement.

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