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Lockdown loneliness for who? You can now Befriend a Grandparent online

In the wake of COVID-19, face-to-face interactions with senior citizens are discouraged because they are at higher risk of developing complications.

Befriend a Grandparent is an initiative by Care Champ. Picture: carechamp.co.za

JOHANNESBURG - A new initiative aimed at combatting loneliness among the elderly has been launched online.

In the wake of COVID-19, face-to-face interactions with senior citizens are discouraged because they are at higher risk of developing complications.

Befriend a Grandparent or Rent a Grandparent is hoping to help those who are isolated now more than ever by connecting them with online friends through video chats and other means of communication.

WATCH: Rent a Grandparent initiative aims to tackle loneliness among elderly

It’s the little things that we often take for granted, like having a conversation with friends or loved ones who are within reach.

But COVID-19 has turned the world on its head, and social distancing has made it even harder for senior citizens.

Sylvia Klopper from Care Champ said the initiative was trying to curb the loneliness and sometimes depression.

“It’s not just to combat senior loneliness but also to stimulate conversation across generations and closing the gap between generations. We believe the young can learn a lot from the elderly.”

Klopper said a proper vetting process was done to ensure the elderly were not exploited and that those who signed up were compatible.

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