The Princeton Senior Resource Center is a private non-profit organization founded in 1974 to provide programs and services to promote healthy aging for Princeton area older adults (age 55+). PSRC was the first senior center in New Jersey to receive national accreditation in 1998. PSRC receives 20% of our support from individuals and events, 25% from foundations and corporate donations, 30% from the Princeton municipal governments, 15% from program revenue and 10% from other sources. There is no paid membership required, and participation is open to all in the greater Princeton area.
The mission of PSRC is to empower older adults in the diverse Princeton community to make informed choices and live healthy lives. PSRC offers affordable services, programs and opportunities that support, educate and engage older individuals, their families and caregivers.
PSRC will be the primary resource for seniors in the wider Princeton community and their family caregivers. It will provide support and guidance to people aging in place and navigating life transitions.
PSRC will be a dynamic place where people gather and participate in activities that promote healthy aging toward physical, cognitive, social, emotional, spiritual and vocational wellbeing.
PSRC will collaborate with participants and other community organizations to address needs and current concerns of older adults and their families as well as to be responsive to emerging needs in this diverse community.
Programs include social and recreational activities, health and fitness classes, educational and enrichment programs, retirement planning and re-employment programs, and volunteer activities. Support and guidance services include individual and family counseling and consultations, case management, assistance with transitions through life's changes, support and wellness groups, information and referral to community services, advocacy, assistance with benefit applications, and linkage to in-home support for older adults and caregivers. Currently about 1000 people attend classes and 100 receive assistance weekly. We also publish thisCommunity Resource Guide for Princeton Area Older Adults and Caregivers, a monthly bulletin, Mature Princeton, a monthly cable television program, Prime Time, and maintain a website full of information (princetonsenior.org).
PSRC's 25 collaborative partners and 450 volunteers help to make this all possible. PSRC is the "go-to place" for older adults and their family caregivers.
The Princeton Senior Resource Center was founded in 1974 by Jocelyn Helm and Karin Slaby to develop and provide programs to senior residents in public housing at Spruce Circle, using a grant from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. It expanded to serve all Princeton residents the following year, and was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1979. In 1994, PSRC was asked by Princeton Borough to assume responsibility for senior programs at the Suzanne Patterson Building. Jan Marmor succeeded Jocelyn Helm as Director in 1996, followed by Susan Hoskins in 2002. Also during 2002, the Suzanne Patterson Building underwent major renovation, reopening in April 2003 with new office and classroom space enabling the expansion of programs and services. In 2006, PSRC received a Princeton Community Spirit Award in recognition of its services to our diverse community of older adults. Evergreen Forum was founded in 2001. The Caregiver Resource Center was started in 2004 and the Next Step: Engaged Retirement and Encore Career Center in 2008. Partners in Caring also started in 2008. PSRC is deeply committed to supporting all aspects of healthy aging through the lifespan for all people throughout this diverse community. PSRC makes every effort to follow developments in the aging field, to respond to changes and bring innovation to this community.
The Suzanne Patterson Building is open 9:00am -5:00pm weekdays, and the Spruce Circle Office is open 10:00am-4:00pm Tues-Friday.