The following articles are written by the team at Island Senior Resources; hopefully they shine a light of inspiration and information to help you navigate today and tomorrow.
End of Life Ready: An Inside Look By Beth Rahi, Case Manager ISR Family Caregiver Support Program Ever since I came to work for Island Senior Resources in 2016, I have had the honor of partnering with End of Life Washington to help people plan ahead. It is important to have paperwork in place, but […]
Medicare COVID Scams & Fraud (Video). By SHIBA. Medicare COVID Scams & Fraud – Presented by ISR SHIBA team. Click video’s play button to get started watching.
“The Good I’ve Found” By Jessica Karpilo, Outreach Associate Dorothy Bell, who has, at times, been both an Island Senior Resources’ volunteer and client, is no stranger to interviews. You may remember reading about when she jumped out of an airplane at 81, the class of students she knits hats for every year, or her […]
Trusting Yourself and Trusting OthersBy Christina Baldwin, ISR Board member While visiting an elder friend Doris, I watched her handle a phone call that made me nervous. I could overhear a voice through the receiver telling her this was the Social Security office and there was some question about her account. Could she verify her number […]
The Trouble with Pride: Not Asking for Help Can Hurt YouBy Christina Baldwin, ISR Board Member She was 99-years old, living independently, proudly self-sufficient. So, when her window blinds needed dusting, she got on a step stool to do them herself. Something happened: she lost her balance, the steps went out from under her, she flailed […]
The Lightness of Letting Things Go by Charles LaFond, ISR staff member My home is cluttered with love. Well, “things” really, but they are icons of love that are hard to let go of and yet, it is time to let go of things as I get older. It is time to “small” my […]
Ask for What you Need and Offer What You Can by Christina Baldwin, Island Senior Resources Board member This phrase is an instruction and invitation to social exchange that lies at the core of village life. We think it’s so important we’re framing this year’s articles around this concept and the ways we practice the […]
If Only… By Robin Bush, Outreach Director, Island Senior Resources A few weeks ago, I went to my high school reunion. Before I flew out to the east coast, I had been wondering, “What would any of us have in common? What could we talk about?” We all started with the obvious, “What have you […]
The Practical Presents of Presence by Christina Baldwin, Island Senior Resources Board member What year did you do it? Look in all the closets, under the beds, feel around in the bottom of the clothes hamper, looking for what was hidden there in the weeks before Christmas or the days of Hanukkah? I was eleven, […]
Befriending One Another by Christina Baldwin, Island Senior Resources Board member On Whidbey, when the days get shorter and the nights get longer, we notice. Except for in Oak Harbor and Coupeville, there are not many streetlights, and not many stores stay open past dusk. Islanders tend to head home, hole up, and ward […]