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Cure for the Pandemic Blues is Only a Call Away.

LBFE Coffee Talker Don LBFE Volunteer Julie

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 for the past couple of months, Elias gets a little less lonely come Friday mornings because that’s when he’s got a standing date, of sorts, with 45-year-old Julie (Above), a fellow Twin Cities resident. It’s a friendly phone date, courtesy of the Minnesota-based non-profit Little Brothers — Friends of The Elderly (LBFE).

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