How to conquer loneliness and social isolation. Tips from the pros.

May 20, 2021
By Morey Stettner. Over the last year, we isolated ourselves from each other to avoid a potentially deadly virus. Sadly, however, many older people had plenty of practice with social isolation well before COVID-19 entered the lexicon. As we age, loneliness is a risk factor for physical and mental decline. Living alone with little external ... Read more

Cure for the Pandemic Blues is Only a Call Away.

May 18, 2021
May 2021 BY CALLEY BLISS 86-year-old Don (Above) of Fridley, Minnesota, lost his wife to Alzheimer’s four years ago, and he’s not afraid to admit it—sometimes he gets a little lonely. “Towards the later stages of the pandemic, I’ve started going stir crazy,” Elias explains. “Being alone in this pandemic is ugly, you know?” Yet ... Read more

Volunteer Spotlight

April 21, 2021
Bridging the COVID Distance with Loaves of Love. The moment Governor Walz locked down older adult living communities a year ago in March, Sharon Proskin became very worried. The long-time LBFE visiting volunteer’s thoughts immediately went to her 102-year old companion Anna. “Anna is such a social person that I knew being cut off from ... Read more

‘Coffee Talk’ phone line helps older adults cope with loneliness, isolation

March 2, 2021
It’s a casual drop-in opportunity, where older Minnesotans can call and find a friendly person on the line who can provide support, resources — or simply a listening ear. By Andy Steiner | MinnPost contributing writer. When Ann Fosco answers calls for Coffee Talk, a new phone support line for Minnesota seniors in need of companionship and conversation created ... Read more

Introducing Coffee Talk.

February 1, 2021
A Drop-in Chat Line Offering Older Adults an Opportunity to Connect with Volunteers for Engaging, Friendly Conversation. We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new statewide drop-in phone service called Coffee Talk, a drop-in chat line that connects older adults with caring volunteers for engaging conversation and access to resources to support their ... Read more

Shout out to Phil Duran for being named as a 50 over 50!

December 4, 2020
The 2020 50 Over 50 list celebrates and recognizes Minnesotans over the age of 50 who have made significant contributions and achievements in their communities. Phil works with Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly and the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation to strengthen the Let’s Do Lunch Café’s regularly (PRE-Covid) scheduled lunches and programs that disrupt the ... Read more

Coping with loneliness during the pandemic and holidays

November 25, 2020
The holiday season is normally a time to gather with family and friends. This year, as tens of thousands of new COVID-19 cases are reported daily nationwide, many people are choosing to stay home or isolate themselves from those they love. “The holidays are all about celebrating with people [and] family and not being able ... Read more

Older Adult Loneliness & Isolation Fact, Fiction, or Epidemic?

November 23, 2020
View the presentation; Georgia Afton and the Minnesota Gerontological Society’s presentation on Older Adult Loneliness & Isolation; Fact, Fiction, or Epidemic? Presentation Overview In the midst of the busyness of our day-to-day work on behalf of older adults, this presentation offers an opportunity to pause and reflect on an issue that reaches the very heart ... Read more

‘My heart aches’: Minnesota seniors brace for a long and lonely holiday season

November 23, 2020
By Chris Serres | Star Tribune | NOVEMBER 21, 2020  For the past five decades, MaryAnn Falk has been the guiding force behind her family’s annual Thanksgiving celebration. The former factory worker from New Ulm, Minn., would spend weeks vetting every detail, from who would bring the turkey gravy and Swedish meatballs to the color ... Read more

LBFE does Give to the Max Day!

November 19, 2020
Today we, along with many other MN worthy causes, celebrate Give to the Max Day. The funds we raise today will help us continue our mission to end the loneliness and isolation epidemic for older adults in Minnesota. Your pledges will help us make a big difference in a year COVID-19 has radically altered the ... Read more