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Director's Message

October 2014 An Age Friendly Future

As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, PSRC board and staff turn our focus to the future so we can fire up for 40 more!  The most exciting part of this view toward the future has been taking a leadership role in Princeton’s application to be an Age Friendly Community, which will have positive outcomes not just for PSRC, but for the entire community of Princeton.  

We are the first community in New Jersey to achieve this designation (awarded this summer) from the World Health Organization.  We join other communities in the United States and around the world in their Network of Age Friendly Communities dedicated to sharing ideas for making our communities great places to live as we age.

The goal of Age Friendly Communities is to help people live easily and comfortably in their homes and communities as they age.  John Beard from WHO states “we need to reinvent the way we think about aging itself. This means keeping people healthy for as long as possible and giving them the opportunity to do the things they want and that society needs.”

WHO identified eight broad domains that help influence the health and quality of life of older people world-wide:
Housing- a wide range of housing options, aging in place and home modification programs
Transportation- safe and affordable modes of private and public transportation
Social Participation- access to leisure and cultural activities, opportunities for social and civic engagement with peers and younger people
Outdoor spaces and buildings- accessibility and availability of safe recreational facilities
Respect and social inclusion- programs that support ethnic and cultural diversity, as well as multigenerational interaction
Communication and information- access to technology to promote connection to friends and family near and far
Civic participation and employment- paid work and volunteer activities, opportunities to engage in formulation of policies relevant to their lives
Community support and health services –access to homecare, health clinics, wellness and active aging programs.

We know that the population is aging.  I think that Princeton is an ideal community to demonstrate the characteristics of an age-friendly community.  I also appreciate that this initiative emphasizes the need for collaboration among the municipality, non-profits, universities and businesses, that it insists on engaging older adults, and that it expects inclusion of under-served populations.  Additionally, it aspires to build awareness of aging issues in our communities and to make them an organic part of community planning. 

The next steps in this process are to form a Task Force and to conduct a community survey on how well Princeton already addresses these dimensions and identify issues for improvement. There are many opportunities for you to get involved in making Princeton a great place to age.  We need your responses to the survey.  We need your participation on the task force and work groups.  Most of all, we need your ideas. 

In addition to this project, PSRC has several other priorities in our strategic plan for the future.  These include addressing space needs, retaining great staff, program growth, improving communications and outreach, updating technology to support the work, ensuring best practices and sound financial support.  We need your involvement and support. Together we can do great things!

Susan W. Hoskins LCSW
Executive Director

 

Previous Messages

October 2014 An Age Friendly Future

September 2014 Annual Report

July - August 2014

June 2014 - Romance After 50

May 2014 - Your Virtual Estate

April 2014 - Memory and Forgetting

March 2014 - Aging in Community

Observational Stay

February 2014 - Family Caregiving

January 2014 - Attitudes about Aging

December 2013 - Giving

November 2013 - Healthcare Marketplace

October 2013 - Annual Report 2013

September 2013 - Total Brain Health® Fair

July - August 2013 My cat, My Father and Me

June 2013 - Age Friendly Communities

May 2013 - Navigating a Changing HealthCare Landscape

April 2013 - Becoming Visible

March 2013 - Navigating Life’s Transitions

February 2013 - Partners in Caring Princeton

January 2013 - Men as Caregivers

December 2012 - The Safety Net

November 2012 - Going Solo

October 2012 - Documenting Your History

September 2012 - A Journey of Transformation

July - August 2012 - Gratitude & Moving

June 2012 - Diversity

May 2012- Aging in America

APRIL 2012 - TEN YEARS

March 2012 - Patient-centered Care

February 2012 - Can you Spare an Hour?

January 2012 - Challenges & Opportunities

December - Are you Prepared for Emergencies?

November - We need YOU!

October - Chocolate for Memory

September- Looking Back and Looking Forward

July - August 2011; Ageism

June 2011 - Accessibility

May 2011 - Paper retention

Knit Wits, April 2011

Lessons and Legacies, March 2011

Independent Living February 2011

Home Safety January 2011

Witness to my Life December 2010

Elections, benefits and open enrollment November 2010

Retire in 3D!

Strategic Planning September 2010

Am I Old? July 2010

Memory Clutter June 2010

Aging In America May 2010

Volunteering April 2010

Spirituality March 2010

Estate Planning February 2010

Encore Careers January 2010

Hiring Home Care December 2009

Annual Giving by Sharon Naeole November 2009

Flu Pandemic 2009 October 2009

Healthy Memory, Healthy Mind September 2009

A Personal Perspective on Caregiving July/August 2009

TRANSPORTATION May 2009

Wei Ji: Crisis, Danger and Opportunity April 2009

Write your own obituary March 2009

Hobbies February 2009

Hope and Vision in Challenging Times
January 2009

Medicare Changes 2008: Take A Look! December 2008

Scams, Frauds and Rip-offs November 2008

Engaged Retirement: Beyond Financial Planning October 2008

September 2008 Caregiver Dilemmas

Finding Rhythm and Purpose July/August 2008

Spring Cleaning II June 2008

V + OA = ER (Volunteering + Older Americans=Engaged Retirement)May 2008

Spring Cleaning April 2008

Have You Had the Talk Yet? March 2008

Get Moving with FitRhythms™! February 2008

My Condolences January 2008

Advocacy December 2007

What Are Social Services? November 2007

Sensitive Topics October 2007

Plan for the Future September 2007

The Up-side of Aging Summer 2007

Volunteering June 2007

Strategic Plan May 2007

National Conference on Aging: Let's ReThink Aging April 2007

Brain Health March 2007

Resiliency February 2007

Transportation January 2007

Season of Giving December 2006

Medicare Part D November 2006

April Hill McElroy October 2006

Civic Engagement September 2006

Change June 2006

White House Conference on Aging May 2006

Hearing Loss April 2006

GrandPals March 2006

Lets Talk February 2006

Eldertopia January 2006

Hoarding December 2005

Annual Report: November 2005

Are You Prepared? October 2005

Planning Ahead October 2005

Watch Your Language September 2005

Medicare Part D Summer 2005

Sue Tillett June 2005

The End of the Journey May 2005

Clutter March 2005

New Dietary Guidelines February 2005

Transitions January 2005

Funding December 2004

Caregiving November 2004

Civic Engagement with GrandPals October 2004

A New Look September 2004

Safe Driving Summer 2004

Food Safety June 2004

Communication June 2004

The Challenge of Giving Care May 2004

Seniors On The Move April 2004

Depression March 2004

McGreevey February 2004

Medications January 2004

Random Acts of Kindness December 2003

Civic Engagement November 2003

Reverse Mortgages Oct 2003

Emergency Preparedness, Jan 2003


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