Our connections to one another are what bind us to life, yet for isolated individuals and their often equally isolated caregivers, these connections tend to disappear. The Friendship Line at Institute on Aging is the nation’s only 24-hour toll-free hotline for older and disabled adults. Trained staff and volunteers make and receive calls to and from individuals who are either in crisis or just in need of a friend. Because isolation can lead to suicide, these calls save lives, reduce suffering and healthcare costs. For many individuals, the voice at the other end of the Friendship Line is the connection they never expected to have, at a time when they need it most.
- “I feel lonely, can I talk to you?"