YORKTOWN, IN – Older adults who are experiencing increased feelings of isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic can now sign up to receive a friendly call from LifeStream Services. The Friendly Caller program pairs volunteers with isolated older adults to simply enjoy conversation and ease feelings of loneliness.
Loneliness and social isolation in older adults is linked to a number of serious health conditions and an increased risk of developing dementia. These issues may be exacerbated during the pandemic. A simple conversation on the phone, can go a long way in improving the quality of life for older adults who are feeling lonely or simply need someone to talk to.
Older adults who are experiencing isolation and would enjoy receiving calls from a LifeStream Friendly Caller can sign up by calling 800-589-1121. Those interested in volunteering as a Friendly Caller can fill out the volunteer application found at lifestreaminc.org/support/volunteer or contact Laura Bray, Volunteer Services Administrator, at 765-759-3372 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and enjoy talking on the phone and having conversation.