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Combating Loneliness and Isolation for Older Minnesotans

December 2, 2021
Our very own James Falvey and Ann Fosco appeared on Kare11’s Sandwich Generation, to discuss how loneliness and isolation effects older Minnesotans during the holidays, and recommend a few remedies, including our drop-in chat line, Coffee Talk!

LBFEMN Hires New Financial Controller

November 4, 2021
We are pleased to introduce Luis Perez and LBFEMN’s new Financial Controller. Luis brings a wealth of experience working with nonprofit organizations both large and small. BIO Luis Perez has been an accounting professional for 35 years, specializing in non-profit accounting for the last 22. This included 12 years at a regional CPA firm, acting ... Read more

30 Days of Brightness

October 8, 2021
Doing it up differently. This year, we are doing up our holidays a little differently. Our aspiration for this year’s celebrations is to align closely with our mission to bring connection, companionship, and friendship to older adults and be welcoming to our members from all communities! Together, we will celebrate 30 Days of Brightness! What ... Read more

Wise Ways: Older Adult Stories Guiding Younger Generations

September 17, 2021
Stories are an essential part of our lives. Stories are how we learn, communicate, and grow. Reggie Westgate is 16 years old and believes that the stories our elders share can guide him and other young people as they come of age. Reggie says, “We may have grown up in different time periods, but the ... Read more

Meet New Friends Edward and Urvashi

September 10, 2021
Urvashi and Edward were first brought together through our Elder Friends Phone Companions in November of 2020. As you can see, those first few phone calls have blossomed into a beautiful friendship! “I was new to the city and did not have many friends,” said Urvashi. “I got to know about LBFE through a flyer ... Read more

Wise Ways: Older Adult Stories Guiding Younger Generations

August 27, 2021
Stories are an essential part of our lives. Stories are how we learn, communicate, and grow. Reggie Westgate is 16 years old and believes that the stories our elders share can guide him and other young people as they come of age. Reggie says, “We may have grown up in different time periods, but the ... Read more

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
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