Christy Waybright wrote -
Join me on May 20th at Jamaica Pond for the Walk to End Elder Isolation. Social connection is essential for living our longest, healthiest lives. We need each other. FriendshipWorks believes in the power of neighborly connections and matches volunteers with elders in Boston and Brookline. These matches provide social, emotional and spiritual support. They also help with concrete tasks and escorts that make sure elders in Boston age with dignity.
In our increasingly digitized world we are more globally inter-connected than any other time in history. I can read up to the minute tweets about events half-way around the world. I can check on friends in other countries with a Facebook Post. I can hear my sister's voice from a different hemisphere.
At the same time that we are more connected globally, we are increasinly disconnected from our neighbors. Do you know your neighbors on each side? Could you call them in case of an emergency? Could they call you if they were snowed in or needed a ride to a doctor's appointment?
If you believe no older adult should have to suffer from social isolation and loneliness, that we all deserve meaningful connections at every age and that neighbors can and should still act like neighbors, then join me and Walk to End Elder Isolation. Please also consider supporting this wonderful nonprofit that makes matches that make life happier, healthier and more meaningful for Boston's elders.