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Director's Message

What Are Social Services? November 2007

What Are Social Services?

 Every one of us has a vocabulary built from our experiences. Many of us have a professional vocabulary, one we speak with such fluency that we forget that others may not follow. I use a vocabulary built on 25+ years as a clinical social worker. In recent discussions at Plan for the Future Day and Borough Council as well as in my daily encounters with staff and participants, I have become aware that some of the vocabulary I use to describe what we do at PSRC may not be universally understood.
I blithely state that PSRC offers programs and social services to older adults, their families and caregivers. But what are social services really? Some people think the term “social services” refers to State and Federal poverty benefits, or to State services for abused and orphaned children. “Not for me” you say. Others think we mean social events like the Holiday Party. “Not my cup of tea.”
The social services offered by the Princeton Senior Resource Center encompass all the ways that we try to help seniors age in place safely, with dignity, and with the support you need. They are the ways we help you make the transitions that come during the second half of life, such as changes in health, loss of loved ones, and moving from the family home. They include the ways we help family caregivers. These services are offered to everyone in the Princeton area, regardless of income, education, ethnic or cultural background. Everyone ages. Our services include:
· ```  Information and referral: We use our collection of resource guides, the internet and past experience to answer questions and help you connect with services and resources in this area. We are also affiliated with the Mercer County Office on Aging and their network of information. Examples include giving you the telephone number for Ride Provide or Meals on Wheels, registering you for flu shots and other health screenings, or explaining the difference between independent living, assisted living and home care.
·A   Assistance with benefit programs: We help you check whether you are eligible for federal, state and local benefit programs and provide assistance if you need help applying.
· E   Education: We offer seminars on topics such as Medicare Part D, identity theft and new technology, as well as writing about topics of interest in Mature Princeton to keep you informed.
· C   Consultations and Assessments: We meet with older adults, their families and/or caregivers to find out what your concerns are, what resources you have to meet your needs, and what gaps need to be filled. Often it helps to talk to an experienced professional to identify areas of concern, to identify options, and to recognize potential resources.
· T    Transitions brief counseling: Sometimes it is helpful when going through a life change to talk to someone a few times, or periodically over several weeks.
·  S Support groups: Support groups provide a forum for sharing with a professional and others going through similar experiences. Peers may have found the resource you are seeking or offer a suggestion from their own journey.
·L    Local appointments: We host Food Stamps, the State Health Insurance Program, AARP tax assistance and others for your convenience.
· V   Volunteer visitors: The HomeFriends and LINK Programs match volunteers with older adults and people with disabilities who have difficulty leaving their homes. These volunteers provide more than weekly friendship; they do grocery shopping, read mail, and other simple tasks to help you stay independent.
·C   Caregiver Support: A key part of helping older adults is providing support to their caregivers, particularly “informal unpaid” caregivers such as family members (both near and distant), neighbors and friends.
Case management: Many situations are complex, involving several concerns and therefore many service providers. Circumstances may also change rapidly. It helps to have a consistent person (case manager) who can coordinate all the parts. We will be significantly expanding our ability to provide this kind of support in the coming year.
If you, or someone you know, could use any of these services, please call the PSRC Social Service team at 252-2362 or stop in to see us.
Susan W. Hoskins, LCSW
Executive Director

Previous Messages

October 2017: HomeFriends Celebrates 30 Years!

September 2017: Annual Report

July/August 2017: Preferred Caregivers: Daughters

June 2017: Cues & Clues

May 2017: Recharging

April 2017: GrandPals Celebrate 20 Years!

March 2017: Multi-generational Households

February 2017: No One Ages Well Alone

January 2017: Help at Home

December 2016: Gratitude

November 2016: Family Caregiving

October 2016: Annual Report

September 2016: Corporate Healthcare

July/ August 2016: Strategic Planning

June 2016: Is Your Home Age- Friendly?

May 2016 Part 2 : We Need Your Help

May 2016 Part 1: Going Solo

April 2016: Volunteering

March 2016: Partners In Caring

February 2016: PSRC's Strategic Plan

January 2016: Hope

December 2015: Gratitude

November 2015: Helicopter Children

October 2015: Is Princeton An Age Friendly Community?

September 2015: Annual Report

July & August 2015: Family and Community

June 2015: A Gift that Keeps Giving

May 2015: Is 60 the New 40

April 2015: Spring

March 2015: On Being Mortal

February 2015: Mentoring

January 2015: Winter Blues

December 2014 - Leaving A Legacy

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


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


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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