Companionship can often feel like an afterthought when you get swept into the whirlpool of life. As we age, the need for endless conversation and friendly laughs grows with each year and making friends is all the more difficult.
But, imagine needing a companion while being an elder person a part of a marginalized community. This year, 34% of adults between the ages of 50 and 80 reported feeling isolated, and LGBTQ+ elders are twice as likely to live alone.
Luckily, the South Florida Friendly Visitor Program is actively seeking a solution. The program is a collaboration with the South Florida Institute of Aging, SAGE, and the Our Fund Foundation. Originating 40 years ago in New York City, the program found its way here in 2019. [..]
Click here to read the full piece. This story was originally published by Living in Oakland Park on July 10, 2023.