Powered by Connection

Island Senior Resources is Powered by Connection

By Katheryn Howell, ISR Senior Director of Community Programs

May is Older Americans Month. 2024’s theme is Powered by Connection, which recognizes the profound impact that meaningful relationships and social connections have on our health and well-being. The theme invites us to explore the vital role that connectedness plays in supporting independence and aging in place by combatting isolation, loneliness, and other issues.  

We are so lucky in our Island County neighborhoods to have so many diverse spots to connect with friends, neighbors, and nature.  Those neighborhood connection spots, or “hubs” vary widely as you travel from Clinton up Whidbey Island and over to Camano.  It’s our good fortune to have over 400 ISR staff and volunteers living among you to create connections in our communities.  I’d invite you to be inspired by the possibility of a force multiplier when your barber, librarian, or bus driver connects with you and refers you to our programs and services.

For almost two years, ISR has used a centralized intake process, meaning that when you call us at 360.321.1600 you are connected to a trained professional who will help you on your journey to receiving assistance for yourself or for whomever you are calling in on.  Any person in a position to help someone, with the person’s agreement, can directly refer them to ISR programs.  A visit to https://senior-resources.org/request-assistance/ will also bring you to the secure area on our website where you can enter the information you need to receive assistance. 

Join us in recognizing Older Americans Month.  Let’s celebrate those points of connection, unique to Island County.  Post a selfie to our Facebook page or yours showing the place you feel most connected, share what it means to you to be connected, and add #PoweredByConnection to your post.  Be sure to tag Island Senior Resources.

#oakharbormarina and #langleymarina connects me with other boaters and the waters I love so much. #PoweredByConnection