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Director's Message

July - August 2014

This year is PSRC’s 40th year! We will be celebrating in different ways all year, but the “don’t miss” event will be the gala on September 21. Please come celebrate what PSRC has done for you and this community and hear about what we are planning for the future!

 

Fired up for 40 more!

A brief history.

In 1974 Joce Helm and Karin Slaby got a grant from the NJ Department of

Community Affairs to provide activities for residents of Spruce Circle

(subsidized senior housing). The program expanded with additional funding

from HABOP and the Borough, a board was developed in 1976, and

the Princeton Senior Resource Center was registered as a

501(c)(3) non-profit in 1979.

A grant from the United Way established the HomeFriends

program in 1987. This program matches adult volunteers with

home-based older adults and people with disabilities,

providing support such as shopping and friendly visits

to support independent living. Through the years, other

grants have brought programs like People and Stories,

As Our Parents Grow Older, LAFF and the SHIP program

to PSRC. In 1991, PSRC began to publish the “Princeton

Area Community Resources for the Elderly, a guide to area

services.” We continue to update this directory on our

website constantly.

Meanwhile, the Suzanne Patterson Center had been donated to

the Borough and designated as an activity center for seniors,

many of whom worked on the initial renovation in the 1980s.

It had been a private school gym, and was named for

the wife of the Borough Mayor who advocated for this

use. Exercise and art classes were conducted and various

meetings held there, coordinated by a Borough director. In

1994, the Borough and Township began contracting with

PSRC to provide all services for older adults under one co-
ordinated umbrella, which continues today.

The LINK program was started in 1995, linking teen visitors

to home-based seniors. It was discontinued in 2012. Joce

passed the director’s torch to Jan Marmor in 1996, who

led the organization through the process of National Senior

Center Accreditation in 1997-8. GrandPals started in 1997,

with older adults reading with kindergarteners at Little-
brook School. A development consultant was hired in 1999

and a new guide “Alternative Living Arrangements for

Seniors” was created in response to the rapid development

of Age-Restricted, Assisted Living and Continuing Care

Living Communities. This has since been incorporated into

the Community Resource Directory.

The Evergreen Forum began in 2001 with four lifelong

learning courses (now 21). I became director in 2002,

as major renovations of the Suzanne Patterson Building

commenced with funding from the municipalities and

Mercer County. In 2003 we elected to undergo a Strategic

Plan rather than reaccreditation. This, and subsequent plans,

have focused on being an active and welcoming center

for all in this diverse community, building community

and collaboration, being a prime source of information and

support, and being responsive to innovations in the aging

field and to needs of three generations of people age 55+.

In 2004, the Caregiver Resource Center was established

to highlight services for family caregivers. The Next Step:

Engaged Retirement & Encore Careers program began in

2009, offering programs to help people make the transition

into retirement and active community engagement. Also

in 2009, PSRC assumed oversight of the Crosstown

Transportation program. We also developed our computer

programs, expanding to offer classes and individual support

on a range of devices.

In 2008, PSRC joined with five (later nine) other organizations

under a United Way grant to form the United Aging &

Disability Partnership, to support aging in place. We left

the formal collaboration in 2013 and started Partners in
Caring Princeton, bringing the focus back to the person at

the center of care, and collaborating with local partners.

We pride ourselves in being the best resource in the area, a

key service as more people elect to age in place and need

help understanding and coordinating care.

In 1976, the annual budget was $17,255; in 1984, it was

$13,090; in 1994 it was $162,672; in 2004 it was $294,729

and today $638,907. In the early years we had no assets,

and today we have a healthy endowment to ensure growth

and stability.

The one thing we can count on is change. Each generation

has ideas about how they want to spend time, where they

want to live, and what support they need. We are also

committed to introducing new ideas to keep our programs

fresh and innovative. Over the years, many programs have

come and gone in response to changing needs, interests

and funding. Next issue, I will talk about what we have

done this year.

Susan W. Hoskins LCSW

Executive Director

Previous Messages

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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