An envelope addressed to Franklin Senior sits atop a letter beginning Dear Friend. At the bottom of the pile is a colorful drawing of faces and other line doodles.

Pen Pals for Seniors

Wed., Sep. 9
We all live with the understanding that social isolation is essential to combat the spread of COVID-19, but one community in particular is feeling the full emotional impact of this isolation: Senior care residents. Across the country, older age groups are shown to be more susceptible to serious illness from COVID-19. As a result, independent and assisted living facilities have remained closed to visitors for the majority of 2020. For months now, our most vulnerable population has been without regular…
A Digital Talking Book Machine, with an audiobook cartridge inside of it, pictured in front of a backdrop of snow-topped mountains and trees

An Old Friend in a New Format

Mon., Jul. 22
Looking back on it, I definitely had low expectations when reaching into the depths of my mother’s childhood closet. I was an avid reader in middle school, and I was instructed to dig through a cardboard box stuffed with paperbacks to see if I wanted to keep any. I expected to come across old classics, a high school workbook or two (not exactly of interest),…