According to recent reports, senior citizens are among the fastest growing population and on a daily basis nearly 50 percent of them say they feel lonely.

"It's gonna make me old sooner than I want to be," said Sonia Kiszka.

Kiszka is trying to cope with being alone after her husband Larry passed away a few months ago. Her trials of independence began the first night night without him.

"The next morning the car would not start, it's never started since, so here I am now I live in the country and I was stuck there," said Kiszka.

The feeling of isolation among seniors is not uncommon.

"They have to figure out how to start again. They become very isolated and depressed," said Lois Celeste, executive director at Saratoga Senior Center.

Unable to drive even to get groceries and overwhelmed by living alone, she decided to move into an apartment and that is where she met Dave Dudley.

Dudley volunteers for a program called Community Connections, he's there to lend a hand.

"Anything from transportation, go to the grocery store or just sit and keep someone company once a week," said Dudley.

"He takes me everywhere. He sits in my eye doctor appointment for two hours," said Kiszka.

The volunteers are paired with the seniors, you could say this one is a perfect pair.

"Kind, soft-spoken and supremely patient. 12/47 He is my reach out and touch person," said Kiszka.

Dudley, who is also a widow, benefits too.

"I enjoy the company myself, meeting new people. At the center I have met new people they have all been great," said Dudley.

"He is part of my family now, whether he wants to be or not," said Kiszka.