Social distancing is considered a key mechanism in the global effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 . However, social distancing may inadvertently lead to social isolation and exacerbate loneliness . Internet-based communication such as videoconferencing has replaced many formerly physical interactions . However, internet access, proficiency, and online social networks are not equally distributed across society . Older adults are particularly vulnerable as they are less likely to engage online and most susceptible to COVID-19 . We must take this opportunity to strengthen social bonds while physically distancing and support the development of blended communities.