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Director's Message



Where does 10 years go? It is incredible to me that I have just passed my ten year mark at PSRC. And yet, when I reflect, I can see so many things that have changed. I thought I would share some of my observations with you. I would love to hear yours!

  • The staff has changed. Only one person remains who was here when I arrived. There were two full time and seven part time staff (6.25 full time equivalents) ; now there are three full time and nine part time (8 FTE). We have an amazingly compassionate, professional, creative team of people who make PSRC what it is today. They have each brought their own passions to their work, which is contagious. They make PSRC a lively, dynamic place where everyone feels welcome and community is built in every activity.
  • The buildings have changed. The Suzanne Patterson Building was renovated in 2002-3 and the new floor was laid in 2010. Hopefully we will get additional improvements this summer. Spruce Circle will be renovated this month! Before the renovation, only one class could meet at a time. Now there can be as many as 5 simultaneously at Suzanne Patterson as well as at senior housing sites, the Library, Borough Hall and other locations through our community partners.
  • Our social services were focused on providing information and referrals to people seeking assistance. We continue to have the best resource directory in the area. It has grown at least four-fold and been updated three times this decade. The accessibility of the internet greatly added to the resources we can offer, and led to posting the entire directory online, expanding accessibility to family members near and far.
  • We also focused support services on tenants of the Housing Authority. We now provide support to over 125 people per week from throughout the community. We joined with 8 other organizations to form the United Aging & Disability Partnership (funded by United Way) to provide a wide array of services to support aging in place, including transportation, nursing, home modifications, meals, counseling, volunteers and more. Annually, we provide care coordination to about 80 people with low and moderate income. We established a Caregiver Resource Center with support groups for spouses and adult children, as well as counseling, consultations and education. We added two Let’s Talk in English and will soon add Let’s Talk in Chinese. Bereavement, Widows and Knitting groups have also been added.
  • The number and variety of programs has grown tremendously, more than doubling weekly attendance to over 1000. Evergreen Forum has grown from 4 classes to 16 each semester, with over 350 participants. The Next Step: Engaged Retirement & Encore Career program was added to address retirement planning and then re-employment during the recession. Exercise classes meet daily and cover a range from active Table Tennis and Drumming to quieter Chair Exercise, Tai Chi and Yoga. Table Tennis is a good example of growth, expanding from 2-3 people a week to 30 people three times a week and three tables. It is also our most international activity. The computer instruction program took off this year thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers who now teach 4-5 classes a week and help in the busy lab on Tuesday afternoons where Princeton University students assist. Opera videos and movies also draw a crowd and are a good entry point for newcomers. The weekly duplicate bridge game is the largest single activity (over 100). Informational “brown bag seminars” are offered monthly on health and wellness topics and other subjects of interest. There are also more programs offered by participants, from origami to book signing events. The classes are taught by a mix of dedicated volunteers and paid professional instructors.
  • In 2010 PSRC assumed management for the Crosstown transportation program, and we have been vocal advocates for the FreeB bus.
  • We had a record number of volunteers last year (428), who make the magic possible since they work in nearly every aspect of PSRC. No programs could be planned or implemented without the daily office volunteers. The newsletter folders now prepare 3500 a month for mailing in contrast to 1100 when I arrived. Our development events are both more numerous and complex, also relying on volunteer assistance. GrandPals are now in three schools and starting to help in another in Trenton. Volunteer management has improved so we can place people quickly in positions that are meaningful and interesting for each individual.
  • All of this growth requires infrastructure change as well. The budget has nearly doubled. We all have new computers, and a cloud-based database. The Board has created strategic plans to guide the organization, and developed policies and procedures for the work we do. We have an endowment to ensure the future of the organization, and a Human Capital Fund to support our greatest asset, the staff. We have a great website and continue to look at ways that technology can support what we do. All of the staff seek ways to be on the leading edge of the field of aging and responsive to the needs of our participants, whether that is developing programs to appeal to younger people or introducing social media.

I am so proud to be a part of PSRC! We accept that aging happens to all of us, and we can have a good time at it with the help of our friends. I have learned so much about aging and about how to manage an organization during this decade. Thanks to the Board members who guided and supported me, the staff who share the vision of what PSRC can be, and to all of you for what you have done to make it possible and what you have taught me.

Susan W Hoskins

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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