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Director's Message

Communication June 2004

Director’s Message
June 2004
It seems like such a simple thing: communication. We all do it every day. And yet, so often we seem to have difficulty. Communication involves three parts: the sender, the receiver, and the message itself.  The sender must communicate clearly, the receiver must listen attentively, and the message must be clear. How often do we give a conversation less than our full attention? One eye is on the TV or computer screen, one ear on the radio or conversation next door, the mind is making shopping lists or thinking about the great book you just put down. How often do we run into situations with our closest family and friends where we assume the other person knows what we are talking about and so we use a kind of short-hand speech? As a family therapist, I have been repeatedly amazed at how many conflicts can be resolved by careful, slow, clear communication.
Communication with someone who has hearing loss can be especially challenging. Here are some tips that may help from an instructor who works with the hard of hearing. The speaker should face the audience directly, with light on your face. Get the listener’s attention and move away from noisy surroundings. Don’t shout, but speak clearly at a moderate pace. Don’t hide your mouth or chew when speaking. Provide additional clues with facial expressions and gestures. Be patient and willing to repeat if the listener doesn’t understand the first time. The listener can also help. Tell others how to talk to you. Pick places for conversation that have good lighting and fewer conflicting sounds. Pay attention and concentrate on the speaker, look for visual cues. Don’t interrupt, as more context may help with understanding. Admit when you don’t understand, and ask the speaker to repeat so there are no misunderstandings later. All of us use the visual cues from lips and body language to assist our “hearing”, although we may not do so consciously.
It can also be challenging to communicate with a person who has speech difficulties. These may include distorted speech or problems finding words resulting from a stroke. Both speaker and listener must be patient and work together to ensure good communication.
Remember that one of the most common experiences of aging is loneliness, and that many people begin to isolate themselves from social situations when they can not communicate or understand communication easily. Take the time to reach out and connect with someone you care about.
Susan W. Hoskins LCSW
Executive Director
The New York Times reported that the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that the number of Americans over 65 who use the Internet has grown by 47% since 2000. While this sounds huge, it still represents only 22% of Americans in this age group. It also reported that a study by Generations On Line revealed that travel, history, hobbies and genealogy were among the top Internet searches, with health issues ranked sixth. Join the ranks who use the Internet regularly by taking our Internet class!
If you missed the program on Medicare and the Prescription Drug plans and you have questions about your options, call the PSRC social service staff at 252-2362 or visit the Medicare website at
The State of New Jersey is switching to digital photo drivers licenses starting in July. You can no longer renew by mail. To facilitate the transition, the Motor Vehicle Commission is sending mobile units into the community. PSRC will be a host site later this summer (date to be announced). If your license is due for renewal, the new license will cost $24 and you need “six points of identification”. Acceptable forms of ID are given different point values, and include passports and raised-seal birth certificates. Call 1-888-486-2229 or go to for the list of acceptable documents. If you are not due for renewal this year, but want the digital license, it will cost $11 to carry until your next renewal date. It is not clear how many years this mobile service will be available.
Need a photo ID? In our security-conscious world, you need a photo ID for airline travel, banking and other situations. If you do not have a drivers license, you can get a non-driver digital photo ID from the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, valid for 4 years. It will cost $24 and require the 6 points of proof of identity. You can obtain this ID from the mobile service when it comes.
ROMEO & JULIET – A group of home-schooled students will put on a production of excerpts from Romeo & Juliet at Spruce Circle on June 11 at 1:00 pm. Join us for this classic tale and refreshments.
RECEPTION FOR JOCE & CARL HELM – PSRC’s founder, Joce Helm and her husband, Carl, will be moving to the Seattle area in the Fall. Help us send them off in style with fond memories at a reception at the Suzanne Patterson Building on June 15 from 4:30 to 6. RSVP to 924-7108.
DAY TRIP TO PHILADELPHIAJoin the PSRC Travel Club on its first day trip. Tuesday, September 28 we will visit the new Constitution Center in Philadelphia and then take a tour of the historic and riverfront areas by “Duck”. These vehicles are able to travel both the streets and the river to view sites such as Society Hill, Independence Square, South Street, Penn’s Landing and the murals along the way. The Constitution Center comes highly recommended by Danny Hoskins and others who have visited. The cost, which includes bus and admissions, is $40. Lunch is on your own.

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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