Yee Hong Newsletter
In a world of digital communication, writing letters is not a common activity anymore. For our seniors, putting pen to paper is how they used to communicate. The familiarity of receiving hand-written letters is a comfort for our seniors and a way for them to connect with the community.
This past summer, Yee Hong McNicoll started an intergenerational pen pal program with the children at Markham Christian Community Church. The children of the church sent individual letters to us and our residents responded as a group. In addition to writing, hand drawn pictures and hand-made cards were exchanged as well. Some residents even wrote their own page-long responses to the children.
The purpose of this program is to foster communication, social interaction, artistic exchange and have a chance to learn from and connect across generations. Intergenerational activity is known to have many benefits, such as, giving older adults a sense of purpose, reducing isolation, increase in creativity, improved brain function, emotional bonding and feeling a sense of purpose and engagement.
Although some residents were hesitant at first, many warmed up to the idea and contribute to the group responses. We have had some very enthusiastic replies from both ends and many of our seniors hope to one day be able to meet the children.
While we are saying goodbye to summer, Mid-Autumn Festival or Mooncake Festival is around the corner. The tradition of the Mid-Autumn Festival includes family gathering and sharing mooncakes together.
Mooncake is a rich pastry typically filled with sweet-bean, yolk, meat or lotus-seed paste. To celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival this year, the Activation Team has a variety of special events for the seniors. This includes helping residents create their own mooncakes, watching the mid-autumn gala from China or enjoying sweet potato soup dessert!
Throughout the pandemic, we stayed vigilant putting safety first. We understand that during this special occasion, family members may take residents out for a short term absence. We hope residents and family members have a healthy, happy and safe Mid-Autumn Festival. The health and safety of the residents and clients, their families and the well-being of our staff members is our priority.
September 21, 2021, is the 15th of the 8th month in the Chinese Lunar calendar, making it this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival. It is the time for family reunions with feasts, moon cakes and moon gazing. If you are planning to gift your family and friends moon cakes, you have an alternative. You can gift your close ones Dragon Raffle tickets instead! What could be better than receiving a gift and donating at the same time?
Proceeds from the raffle will help Yee Hong offer better long term care services for seniors and fund our Capital Campaign to build three new long term care centres. Each ticket is special to us and our community. Visit www.DragonRaffle.com to purchase tickets and for more information.
Time is flying by with summer almost coming to an end. Of course to wrap summer up, a BBQ event is a must! In August the Finch Activation team used an electric BBQ to host cooking shows for the residents. Each floor had food ranging from chicken wings, short ribs, sausages, mashed potatoes, grilled vegetables, and more!
The aroma from the BBQ was incredible, captivating all residents to come participate in this amazing event. There was nothing but smiles throughout this incredible event. Although summer is ending soon, these everlasting memories will remain.