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Director's Message

The Challenge of Giving Care May 2004

MAY 2004
“The Challenge of Giving Care”
“There are only four types of people in this world: Those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.” Rosalyn Carter 
According to the National Family Caregivers Association, more than 26.6% of adults in the US have provided care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during the past year. As our population ages, more people will need care, and most of this care is provided by family members. More than 22 million families are caring for a family member at home, and 73% of home care services are provided by family caregivers. 
We all want to give quality care at home to those we care about. This may include taking time to visit, doing shopping, reading mail, managing finances, cooking or providing personal care. But it can be tremendously challenging to balance these tasks with one’s own family and work, let alone care for oneself. A majority of those who assume a major caretaking role experience depression, stress and anxiety. The responsibility can be made easier with the support of friends, neighbors, faith community and social services.
PSRC is officially opening our “Caregiver Resource Center” on May 21. The Center (in the Suzanne Patterson Building) will have a lending library and resource file. Staff and volunteers will be available to help people learn about available programs and services. We maintain relationships with area service providers so that we know about the programs that may be helpful to you. We also provide consultations, brief counseling and support groups. Services are available to adults of all ages in the greater Princeton area who are caring for an older adult, living near or far, and to caregivers living at a distance who care about someone in Princeton.
We invite you to stop by for the opening celebration on May 21 between 2-4PM. You will have opportunities to talk to the staff about the services we offer, meet other local area service providers who will be available at tables at the “Caregiver Fair” in the Suzanne Patterson Building, listen to classical music and share light refreshments. Mayors O’Neill and Marchand will be here to cut the ribbon and the cake at 2 PM. 
We need all of you, our larger community, to help us spread the word about this valuable service. Please tell your friends, families, faith communities, medical practitioners. Invite them to come to the opening with you.
Susan W. Hoskins LCSW
Executive Director
TRAVEL CLUB The Travel Club has been meeting monthly and reviewing various travel opportunities. There is now a place on the Suzanne Patterson Building bulletin board to post travel opportunities with other organizations. The group would like to know if there is interest in one of these fall day bus trips:
  1. The Mercer Mile in Doylestown: Mercer Museum, Fonthill and the Mercer Tile Works. Includes lunch. Cost: about $60.
  2. Philadelphia: The new Constitution Center and Duck tour. Cost: About $40.
  3. Liberty Science Center and Ellis Island. Cost: About $40.
Please come to the May meeting on May 5 or drop us a note.
Do you know about Crosstown 62? This program is available to all Princeton Borough and Township residents who are over age 62 who are not able to drive. It is subsidized by the municipalities. Riders pay $2 each way per ride, from any starting location in the Princetons to any destination in the Princetons. The taxis can take you to medical appointments, beauty parlors, classes, etc. Call Helena at 688-2055 to register as a new rider, and call 497-9022 or 800-897-9022 between 3-7 pm to schedule a ride. 
Crosstown has expanded hours thanks to a grant from the J Seward Johnson Jr. Trust. You can now get rides for medical appointments from 8 am to 5 pm, and for other purposes from 9:30 am to 5 pm.
We want to encourage you to use Crosstown to get to the Suzanne Patterson Building for PSRC programs and classes. You can also ride the 606 bus, using the stop at Library Place. Please let us know if the cost is preventing you from doing this.

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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