As a longtime volunteer for FriendshipWorks, I know very well the isolation and loneliness our elders experience. This year, I will be walking in memory of my Aunt Myra, who died in February at the age of 98. (That’s us in the picture above.) She engaged with others her whole life, and her many nieces and nephews loved being with her. This is sadly not the case for everyone. Elder isolation is epidemic. The mortality risk associated with this isolation is equal to someone smoking at least 15 cigarettes a day. That is simply unacceptable, and you can help! Support The Walk to End Elder Isolation, and stem the epidemic of loneliness of Boston elders.