Can mixing generations cure loneliness?
17 July 2014 Last updated at 07:02 BST
As populations across Europe age, loneliness and isolation among the elderly is becoming a growing problem.
In Germany, tackling this issue has resulted in an effort by both young and old alike with the creation of multi-generational centres, where all ages can meet, mix - and learn from each other.
The scheme is proving popular and is benefitting all generations.
Michael Buchanan reports from Berlin.