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Director's Message

September- Looking Back and Looking Forward

July is the beginning of our fiscal year, thus the time when we look back over accomplishments of the past year, and ahead to our goals for the coming year. I was amazed to realize that over 1000 people come in for programs and 125 connect with support services each week; double the numbers of five years ago. Accomplishments include completing a new strategic plan, forming a technology committee, getting the FreeB running during weekday hours, creating a new outreach publication, Prime Time, which will be inserted in Town Topics mid-September, completing the 2011 edition of the Resource Directory (available at both offices), and completing the Suzanne Patterson Building renovations (floor, sound and lights). The Capitol Steps event took our organization to a new level of fundraising and visibility in the community. You can read the full report on the website under “About Us.”
 
Goals for the new year include beginning to implement the strategic plan, completing a technology plan, obtaining new computers for all staff and classroom, a new Next Step website, an e-newsletter, implementing a bequests program, and meeting new fundraising targets, as well as the continuous quality improvement of programs and services that comes from the collective creativity of participants, staff and board.
 
I believe that one of the elements of a healthy organization is to periodically evaluate itself and think strategically about its future. PSRC board and staff dedicated themselves to this process over the past year. The new strategic plan was passed in May, and is posted on our website under “About Us.” Four of the strategic goals will be the focus of our attention this year. 
 
Through listening sessions and evaluations, we learned that participants are highly satisfied with the programs and services offered. We thank you for that support and for your suggestions. PSRC reaffirmed its commitment to being the dynamic “go to place” for older adults, family caregivers and professionals for aging related issues, as well as being a primary center for building community in the diverse Princeton area. Our volunteers and collaborative partners have been essential to our success.
 
It quickly became apparent that technology was a key issue to address. Technology is evolving so rapidly and is so much more complex, affecting many aspects of our work. A coordinator of computer classes was appointed, who will organize classes throughout the year.   A technology committee was formed to consider options and create a technology plan, including obtaining new hardware and software for both staff and the classroom, creating uniform policies and procedures, training staff and responding to emerging opportunities. This committee will continue its hard work in the coming year. A goal for the near future is to begin to implement an e-newsletter and social media presence.
 
Everyone in the aging field is discussing how to address the needs of the new generation of Boomers now reaching retirement age. It is clear that Boomers view themselves and this stage of life differently than the older generations we continue to serve. They want to be active, engaged and want an individualized plan with input. PSRC will continue to develop the Evergreen Forum, Next Step: Engaged Retirement and Encore Careers, and Caregiver programs as outreach opportunities to people in this generation. At the same time, we remain committed to offering a wide range of programs and services that appeal to the growing and diverse population we serve. We welcome your suggestions and leadership of programs and activities. The strategic decision was made  
to accommodate our expansion by offering more programs in other locations and at other times rather than seeking to expand our physical plant. 
 
The board will be focusing on governance issues, ensuring that the Board is using best practices, and engaging the many talents of board members for the organization. 
 
The foundation for all of this is fiscal sustainability. PSRC initiated a Human Capital campaign to support and retain our primary asset, the staff. The Capitol Steps fundraiser was a huge success and will be repeated this year, attracting new people to our community. There will be several development activities to continue to build this fund, increase the endowment and support the operating budget. Especially in these challenging times, support from private sources is essential for sustainability.
 
We hope that you will actively participate in all of these aspects of PSRC’s growth in the next five years.
 
Susan W. Hoskins LCSW
 
 

Previous Messages

Preferred Caregivers: Daughters

Cues & Clues

Recharging

GrandPals Celebrate 20 Years!

Multi-generational Households

No One Ages Well Alone

Help at Home

Gratitude

November 2016 Family Caregiving

October 2016 Annual Report

September 2016 Corporate Healthcare

Strategic Planning

Is Your Home Age- Friendly?

May 2016 Director's Message 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 60 Is the New 60

April 2015 - Spring

March 2015 - 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

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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