Program Pairs Companions With Lonely, Elderly Rural Mainers

January 7, 2019
Maine Public Radio (ME)

In a vast, rural state like Maine, social isolation is a part of life, especially so for seniors who are stuck in their homes because of physical and financial challenges. That isolation can lead to loneliness, which is considered by some experts a serious public health issue. In western Maine, a federal program is attempting to address the loneliness problem in a fairly simple way. Most days of the week, you can find Kitty Gee of Chesterville knocking on doors across Frankin County. Gee is a Senior Companion, part of a federal program that connects homebound or isolated seniors to a friendly visitor every week.

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