Reducing Older Adult Isolation: Collaborative Kickoff

After releasing the Reducing Older Adult Isolation Planning Grant Request for Proposals (RFP) in June, Moses Taylor Foundation was excited to award this funding in December to a collaborative of organizations led by the United Way of Lackawanna & Wayne Counties.

The collaborative will work together over the course of eight months to develop an implementation plan for a system to reduce older adult isolation in Lackawanna County. 

The proposed system will include a:

  • shared screening tool to identify isolated older adults
  • system of trained navigators to connect those who are isolated to services
  • corresponding community awareness campaign about the health impacts of isolation

In addition to the United Way, other members of the collaborative are: Allied Services Integrated Health System, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, Geisinger Health Systems, Greater Carbondale YMCA, Greater Scranton YMCA, Jewish Family Service of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania, Keystone College, Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging, NeighborWorks of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Penn State Scranton, Serving Seniors, United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and The Wright Center for Community Health.

This group will be at the forefront of an issue that, while recognized as an epidemic at national and international levels, still has much progress to be made in terms of identifying effective solutions.  While this type of trailblazing work certainly has its challenges, Moses Taylor Foundation looks forward to supporting our partners in their efforts to improve the lives of older adults in our region, as well as contributing to the broader body of knowledge around isolation interventions.

For more information about the Foundation’s work to support older adult isolation, feel free to contact me.

Christine Marcos
Program Officer