You might want to sit down for this.
In our fast-paced world, people still meet in real life.
It’s all thanks to a couple of benches across the pond.
One English police department is tackling elderly isolation with “chat benches”.
The idea is to break down social barriers between strangers.
The Avon and Somerset Police Department says 17% of seniors talk to family, friends and neighbors less than once a week.
That makes the elderly population more susceptible to fraud and crime.
The benches have been installed in two local parks.
The police department adds just saying ‘hello’ can make a difference to the vulnerable people in their communities.
It’s hard to feel lonely on a bench designed to spark conversation.