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Director's Message

February 2012 - Can you Spare an Hour?

February can often feel like the darkest month of the year. It is not the time of the shortest day, but it is often cold and dreary with too much bad weather that keeps us confined to home. Those who suffer from seasonal affective disorder are clearly feeling the lack of light. It is a time when many feel isolated and lonely. Many people stay in when the weather could be treacherous, fearing (with reason) slipping and falling on poorly maintained sidewalks and parking lots, or auto accidents that can be threatening to one’s long-term independence. We can’t wait for warmer, sunnier weather.

 

During these dark months, it is important to get out when you can. Recent research shows that just 15 minutes in the sunlight will give you the Vitamin D you need. It also helps combat the feeling of being confined. Take the dog for a walk or make a date with a friend to walk around the block. 
 
Fighting the instinct to just hibernate, PSRC is offering a full array of programs through the winter. We have truly become the adult community center for Princeton. Coming into the Suzanne Patterson Building is a great way to combat the feeling of isolation. During the months that Evergreen Forum classes are not meeting, we have space for other programs such as the opera videos and special lectures. Enroll now to take an Evergreen class in March! Bring a sandwich and share conversation before a class.
 
Do you have an hour a week that you could give to help someone else? Many of us know people who can’t easily get out of their homes, even in good weather. The PSRC HomeFriends Program matches adult volunteers with people who need a little help to maintain their independence. HomeFriends do grocery shopping, help with mail, share a passion for opera or science lectures, or other tasks that help a person who has mobility or vision problems, no longer drives or needs other assistance. Imagine how much it helps when you stop at the drug store to pick up a prescription because your friend no longer drives. Your hour-long visit over a cup of tea or the Scrabble board flies by and brings a breath of fresh air as you share news of families, talk about community issues or discuss the book you brought last week. Many of us do this for friends and family, but there are many people in the community who do not have family nearby, and other family caregivers who welcome your visit so they can do their own errand. The HomeFriends program is seeking new volunteers and people who would like a visitor. Please call Susan Friedman at 252-2362 to find out more.
 
I know that my in-laws could not have stayed in their home as long as they did without the support of neighbors, church, and paid caregivers as well as family. It was reassuring to know that there were eyes watching when we were not there. My mother-in-law lived for the visits and conversations. Many of you have followed my journey as a family caregiver. Both in-laws passed away in 2011, peacefully surrounded by family in my sister-in-law’s home. I learned a lot while traversing this road, much of which I have been able to pass along to other family caregivers and apply as my own parents need more attention. The family conflicts have been intense and painful. The siblings got together at the family home during the holidays for the first time without the parents and began the work of rebuilding relationships that have been strained. The challenges do not end with death, as they still have to make decisions about final resting place and find ways to co-own the cottage amicably. Meanwhile, my attention is pulled back to the other side of the sandwich generation: college applications are due this week!  
 
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

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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