The era of virtual pen pals is here, and all it takes is a few minutes and a phone to make a new friend. You can make a difference in someone’s life, as well as your own.

There is no rule that new friends have to be born in the same decade, or even the same century as you.

Friendship sees no boundaries, and both youth and seniors benefit tremendously by getting to know one another. An overwhelming amount of research has shown that the bond formed between children and the elderly has benefits on both sides of the equation.