We all remember the old days when there was no internet and we instead communicated through written messages. Whether it’s letters, postcards, or just handwritten notes – communicating with each other needed a bit more time and effort. But it was also way more personal. Nowadays, people want to rediscover this way of communication, especially those who still remember the times from the past. At PenPal, it is easy to find pen pals for seniors of the same age. In this article, we will explain how.

Why get a senior pen pal?

In the age of social media, mobile phones, and tablets, it should appear very easy to connect with others. But especially because of this development, the internet seems more impersonal than ever. Our messages are becoming shorter and conversations are often less meaningful. We’ve never really been able to recreate the communication that we experienced in ancient times. Studies have also shown that people often feel more isolated and depressed, especially elderly people, because their social circle is about to shrink.

A pen pal friendship can be helpful to foster genuine relationships again and bring people back to nostalgic times. Whether you are a younger person wanting to connect with a senior pen pal, or you are a senior yourself: Finding pen pals for seniors is a great way of connecting. You can talk about life challenges, goals, or fears — and feel understood or be understanding. It’s a fantastic chance to get to know people from all over the world who you might otherwise never meet in real life. And it also opens up your horizons to new world views and opinions.

Two senior friends sitting on a bench and having fun

How to get pen pals for seniors?

While some pages offer you the possibility to offer companionship to elderly people, PenPal enables you to find pen pals of specific ages by using a filter function. So, if you are a senior yourself, PenPal makes it easy for you to find like-minded senior pen pals — and to be found by other seniors (or non-seniors).

To find the right pen friend and create your first written postcard at PenPal, you can filter for the following options:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Country
  • Language
  • Interests

With these filter options, you can easily find another adult pen pal you are looking for while rediscovering the huge joy of finding postcards in your mailbox. Additionally, you can meet a variety of people from all over the world and make better connections than you would in the purely digital world.

What to write to my senior pen pal on my first postcard?

In the end, it is mainly about understanding each other and talking about how the two of you connect. Just be yourself and try to show the other person who you are. Here are potential ideas that you can write about in your first pen pal letter to a senior:

  • Why you are taking part in a senior pen pal program
  • What are your goals in life
  • Write about your own country and culture
  • Tell them about a unique or special experience that you had in your life
  • Write about your favorite hobbies and activities

We know that the first contact can feel a bit awkward since you don’t know the other person yet. But we assure you: don’t be shy. There is another person just as excited to get to know more about you and your personality. And you will see: after the first answer, the second postcard is as easy as a walk in the park.

It’s your turn!

Now is the time to sign up for PenPal.me and become pen pals for seniors. If you are not convinced of the benefits of a pen pal friendship yet, you should read the many reasons that we talk about on our blog.

If you have any questions or feedback, feel always free to reach out to our team.


German girl addicted to lemon ice cream who wants to do everything at once. I can't think of a language I wouldn't love to learn, but I often don't take the time to slow down. As a pen pal, I can take a breath and interact with so many inspiring people from different countries.


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