Intergenerational connection helps combat social isolation
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To help combat social isolation in their own lives, while also helping promote wellness amongst some of the most vulnerable members of our society during the global pandemic, Queen’s University students are reaching out to seniors for social connections.

Queen’s Alumni, Tamblyn Watts, a leading expert in elder law, created the Queen’s Community Connections Project to facilitate phone conversations between current student volunteers and senior alumni. Pairs are matched based on similar interests, their degrees, or location.

The project began as a way to help seniors who are disproportionally affected by social isolation, but it is now helping improve the mental and physical well-being of both seniors and youth who are participating in the program.

To learn more, visit Queen’s University.

“If you look at who is most affected by depression and social isolation, it’s actually both older people and students.”
Tamblyn Watts
Alumni
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