Startup Pairs College Students, Older Adults To Battle Loneliness Crisis.

October 7, 2019

The Guardian (UK) (10/7, Kadvany) reports Silicon Valley startup Mon Ami is pairing Bay Area college students with older adults to combat loneliness among both younger and older Americans. According to the story, “more than 500 Bay Area college students have become ‘connective tissue’ for more than 250 seniors” through the app, which allows students to “search for seniors in need in their area (not unlike gig work), schedule visits and message with the seniors’ family members.” Students receive $20 an hour for their time. The story mentions that recent research found high levels of isolation among adults between the ages of 18 and 22, while an AARP Foundation survey found that “one in three adults over the age of 45 are lonely.”

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