Loneliness is a huge and growing health risk with more than one third of the population suffering from social isolation, scientifically proven to have health risks worse than smoking or obesity. The impact is even worse for seniors and millennials during the holidays.

On Saturday, 12/14, Bay Area seniors and local college students worked together to combat this epidemic at the Oakmont retirement community in San Jose from 11am to 1pm orchestrated by Bay Area startup Mon Ami, a new companion service that’s making this holiday season happier and healthier.

Check out the joy they shared, decorating for the holidays, singing carols, and delighting in each other’s company.

We can all be “not by my selfie” this holiday with a Mon Ami companion.