Reducing Older Adult Isolation: Convening Recap

Prior to the escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic, Moses Taylor Foundation’s partners, led by the United Way of Lackawanna & Wayne Counties, held an exciting kickoff to begin their work developing a plan to reduce older adult isolation.

A group of approximately fifty local stakeholders met for a full day in late February, with the first half of the day featuring a highly engaging workshop led by Sarah Horst from the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement.  Sarah provided the group with practical tools to guide their collaborative process as they embark on putting together a County-wide plan to:

  • Identify isolated older adults through a shared screening tool
  • Connect those identified as isolated to services to reduce their isolation through a team of navigators
  • Promote a community awareness campaign to raise awareness about the health impacts of isolation

During the second half of the day, attendees broke out into discussion groups about each of the three plan components and brainstormed their vision of success.  The group left the event highly motivated and energized to move forward with their work.

Unfortunately, before the group could reconvene, the impact of COVID-19 had already begun affecting the region, necessitating a pause in this work so that the collaborative partners could focus on the most urgent needs of their older adult clients.  Once this time of uncertainty is behind us, the group looks forward to resuming this important project and the Foundation looks forward to continuing to support their efforts!