Addressing social isolation through mentorship

Loneliness—social isolation, in public health parlance—is unhealthy, and it’s especially prevalent in rural areas. NPR recently reported on a novel program in northeastern Minnesota that attempts to address social isolation in the elderly while supporting young people in the community. AGE to age connects more than 4,000 youths with almost 2,500 older adults annually. Connecting a kid with an older adult is a way to give children the support of a mentor, and it gives the adults a sense of purpose, organizers say.