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Director's Message

May 2012- Aging in America


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!

I have just returned from the Aging In America conference in Washington DC. This gathering of about 4000 professionals in the field of aging is both inspiring and daunting. Just selecting what to attend out of four days of back-to-back workshops on every aspect of aging is a challenge!

Attending the conference is the best way for me to learn about key issues and new innovative ideas that are being developed so I can bring them back to Princeton. This year we also presented a workshop on our “aging in place” collaborative model, recently renamed the United Aging & Disability Partnership.

The face of aging is changing and the population is booming. One keynote session was titled “How the Boomers Will Transform Aging and How Aging Will Transform the Boomers.” There are 77 million Boomers. 19,000 people will turn 65 every day for the next 18 years. The Boomer generation approaches aging differently, including expecting to live another 30+ years, staying active and working longer. Retirement planning has been shifted onto the employee. Over 60% have saved less than $25,000, and fewer than 30% have a traditional pension. Few employers provide retirement coaching. The “retirement at 65” concept is fading, replaced by “encore careers”, entrepreneurship and a desire for workplace flexibility. I returned with several ideas for ways to enhance our Next Step program to address these challenges. Keynote speaker Kathie Greenlee, Assistant Secretary of Aging, raised concern about the political future and funding of the Older Americans Act and Medicare. The Older Americans Act funding is considered discretionary and must be reauthorized to continue supporting programs that many people count on, including transportation, meals, and caregiver support. Members of Congress are proposing a significant re-design of Medicare which would shift participants to private insurance, including all future cost increases. Political advocacy was encouraged. She also raised concern about the growing incidence of elder abuse (financial, physical, sexual and emotional). Another keynote program focused on malnutrition among older adults and hunger in America. Nine million Americans 50 and older have experienced food insecurity, struggling to afford enough healthy food to meet basic needs. Choosing between food and medication often exacerbates chronic health conditions. There was considerable discussion about how we will support a growing aging population that is living with multiple chronic health conditions. We need to focus on preventive care across the lifespan. Social services and healthcare need to work collaboratively to support wellness and aging in place. There was much interest in the pilot Transitions of Care programs that are trying to reduce re-hospitalizations among frail chronically ill people. “Person-centered care” and “home and community based services” were consistent themes, as it is clear that people are choosing to stay at home and families are the primary caregivers (52 million family caregivers in America). A highlight for me was an inspiring training on inclusive services for LGBT older adults. To further build my cultural competency I also attended a workshop on treating depression in Chinese elders. A good program on bullying reinforced my understanding and gave me some additional points for a presentation I am giving soon. I am proud of the tone of welcome and respect that the staff has established here at PSRC and their professionalism in addressing concerns that arise. I attended two workshops presented by innovative senior centers in Palo Alto, CA and Oceana County, MI, returning with a list of great ideas to try. Anyone up for kayaking? Dinner clubs? The presenters addressed many of the issues we discuss at PSRC, including how to reach new participants while continuing to provide the activities favored by long-time members, addressing all 7 dimensions of wellness, fees and membership, marketing to a diverse audience through print and social media, while staying within your resources and having fun! I came away from this conference proud of what we have accomplished at PSRC and full of new ideas for how to continue to be welcoming, creative and innovative.

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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