BRIGHTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – A social media platform has evolved to help connect seniors who felt cut off because of COVID.
“E-VOLV is a new platform for seniors,” said Co-founder Gordon Szerlip. “It’s where they can connect with each other or they can connect with a wide range of engaging, interesting programs.”
The Brighton-based platform addressed the growing issue of seniors who were feeling isolated during the pandemic as many senior centers were forced to close.
“During COVID many of the seniors, along with the other generations as well, were left feeling isolated and lonely,” Szerlip explained. “In fact, e-VOLV kind of came about because of the pandemic.”
The service works by providing streaming programming activities to seniors through tablets and other devices they may have at home. Activities include taking a virtual class with a live Q&A session or a walking tour of other cities. However, Szerlip said these experiences are more than just visual.
“I’m not just talking about a video” he explained. “I’m talking about boots on the ground, with iPhone in hand [and] interacting with people on the street.”
There are also many Boston activities in which local seniors can take part.
“There’s even a number of the latest offerings from the BSO or the Pops or the Boston Ballet,” Szerlip said. “We’re just trying to help bring life experiences into the homes of the seniors.”