People connect over a multitude of reasons, such as shared life stages, mutual interests, or even proximity. Over time, as we pass through life’s social structures, like school and work, we lose access to places where we more commonly meet and discover friends. This phenomenon especially applies to older adults, and in particular to those who have retired, moved away from family, or lost mobility. We’ve heard from older adults that they actively seek out opportunities to expand their networks and meet new people who share their interests and values. While new connections were once commonly made in person, older adults now turn to online solutions to broaden their networks, and the pandemic has only accelerated their openness and comfort with digital solutions.