(MINNEAPOLIS - December 21, 2017)
Many elders in the Twin Cities community spend every day alone, with no one who keeps in touch with them. Little Brothers -Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) works to relieve social and emotional isolation among those who have such a need.
For those elders in its programs, LBFE serves a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings on Christmas Eve Day. A record number of volunteers stepped forward to assist this year. All aspects of the dinner, from food to transportation for the elders, are handled by caring and dedicated volunteers.
The meal is hosted at the Envision Event Center at
484 Inwood Ave N, Oakdale, MN 55128
from 12 to 2 p.m. on December 24. Homebound elders will receive a delivered meal.
he Twin Cities Metropolitan Area is estimated to have nearly 230,000 people over the age of 65. Of those, about 17%, or 39,000, live alone and lack the social support of family and friends that are critical to their physical and mental well-being. Even more alarming is the fact that a significant influx of baby boomers is now joining this population demographic. Based on projections from the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Council on Aging, we can expect the number of elders in the Twin Cities who are isolated and lonely to jump to nearly 50,000 by 2020 - that's a 28% increase in the number of elders in need of the companionship, advocacy and social engagement. These statistics illustrate the critical nature of the work being done by Little Brothers -Friends of the Elderly in meeting the increasing need.