Originally the SENIOR RESOURCES DIRECTORY was started by a nurse practitioner working for Providence Medical Center around 1993. Her intent was to compile a list of local services for her home care patients. Eventually her husband, publisher of the LITHIAGRAPH, began to sell advertising to pay for the printing. This was the birth of the directory.
That first Senior Resources Directory became an essential tool for nurses, social workers, and other helping professionals. They carried a supply in their medical bags, kept them on their desks, and handed out directories to countless patients and their caregivers. There was no better reference tool in the county.
Chappy Nelson bought the publication in 1999. She consulted with the director of Senior Programs at Providence Hospital on ways to improve the directories. Chappy used her skills as a graphic designer in the health care field to enhance the clarity and accessibility of the information. And she committed to learning about each of the services covered in the directories, calling all of the listings each year to confirm their accuracy.
In 2001 the name was changed to the Jackson County Senior Resources Directory. In 2002 a Josephine County publication was added, and in 2003 a Coos/Curry version was added. The Central Oregon Senior Resources Directory was added in 2008. And the Douglas County Directory launched in 2014.
In 2007 Patti Chase retired from Ashland Community Hospital and came on board to oversee sales and distribution. Together, Chappy and Patti produce and distribute 60,000 directories in Southern Oregon and 20,000 directories in Central Oregon. They are updated each year and distributed to senior centers, medical facilities, home care agencies, law enforcement offices, geriatric care professionals, visitor centers and many others.