Older Adult Loneliness & Isolation Fact, Fiction or Epidemic?

November 23, 2020
Save the date! December, 17 from noon to 1 pm, join Georgia Afton and the Minnesota Gerontological Society for a 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 ... 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

Avoid Winter Falls and Slips!!!!

November 13, 2020
As we head into the winter season here in Minnesota, here are a few tips and tricks on staying safe and avoiding those nasty winter falls and slips. Walk like a penguin! 🥰 1. Focus on taking it one step at a time, take short, flat-footed steps when walking on icy sidewalks or parking lots. ... Read more

The ‘New Normal’ for Many Older Adults Is on the Internet

November 12, 2020
For some people over 65 facing loneliness and prolonged isolation, expanded tech literacy is a new skill that may stay with them long after lockdowns lift. The last real disaster Bonnie Weiss lived through was San Francisco’s 1989 earthquake. Even watching a piece of chimney break through her living room window didn’t prepare her to ... Read more

LBFE Announces COVID-SAFE Holiday Volunteer Opportunities Supporting Socially Isolated Older Adults in Minnesota

November 10, 2020
Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly Seeks Holiday Helpers and Calling Carolers MINNEAPOLIS – Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) has announced it is seeking volunteers to support its COVID-safe holiday programs aimed at reaching socially isolated older adults in Minnesota at risk of feeling lonely this holiday season. Holiday Helpers LBFE ... Read more

MyTalk 107.1 Jason & Alexis Morning Show Breaks Fundraising Record for Project Down & Dirty

November 4, 2020
We are so thrilled to report that the Jason & Alexis morning show surpassed the Project Down & Dirty fundraising record, collecting more than $28,000 from MyTalk listeners during the five days of the effort, which ran from October 26-30. For the past 10 years, each of MyTalk’s shows competes against one another as they ... Read more

LBFEMN has been selected as an official charity in myTalk 107.1 Project Down & Dirty

October 21, 2020
We are excited to have been chosen to join myTalk 107.1’s Jason & Alexis morning show as the official charity for the radio station’s 10th annual Project Down & Dirty reality show and fundraising competition that pits each of the station’s shows against one another, October 26-30. For this year’s Project Down & Dirty, the ... Read more

All in person visits remain suspended.

October 20, 2020
With virus cases on the rise again in MN, LBFE will continue to suspend all in-person visits that cannot be held outside a friend’s residence. Once it is too cold to visit outside, you will need to visit only by phone or virtually. We know this is heartbreaking news for some of you who have been ... Read more

2020: A Year of Transitions

October 20, 2020
2020 has brought much change and uncertainty into all of our lives. In March, LBFE adjusted all in-person programs – Visiting and Advocacy, Friendship, and Flowers and social activities – and created the Elder Friends Phone Companions program. This new program allows older adults all across the state to stay connected and less lonely through ... Read more