MINNEAPOLIS – Coffee Talk, a statewide telephone chat line for seniors, was started by Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly, a Minneapolis-based organization dedicated to alleviating loneliness and loneliness. social isolation in the elderly.
The walk-in chat line will connect seniors with trained volunteers for a friendly chat.
Out-of-state callers are encouraged to use the toll-free number 877-238-2282 and those from the Twin Cities metro can dial 612-746-0728.
Coffee Talk is open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and callers can call as often as they like during these hours. As the program grows, the hours can be adjusted to handle the volume of calls.
Coffee Talk will be made up of volunteers who understand the needs and challenges of the elderly population. They can offer words of encouragement and understanding and provide information about the support and resources available in the person’s community.
Calls are free and callers can remain anonymous. They don’t need to register or make an appointment.
“Shame and stigma often accompany loneliness,” James Falvey, executive director of Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly, said in a press release. “Coffee Talk offers seniors an anonymous way to take active steps to improve their overall well-being. “
The Coffee Talk line is funded in part by a Live Well at Home grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
To learn more, see littlebrothersmn.org/coffee-talk.