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Director's Message

July - August 2012 - Gratitude & Moving

Share First I want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who helped to celebrate my Tenth Anniversary. My heart is filled with gratitude for the lovely cards and notes in the memory book I was given at the Cotton Club event. If you haven’t had a chance to add your comments, the book will remain in the lounge. I was also completely surprised by the gift of a beautiful watercolor of the Suzanne Patterson Building painted by my best friend. It is now hanging in a place of honor. I love that it includes people coming to the Center.

 I repeat what I said that night: our success is the result of a magical mix of vision, creativity and willing implementation, involving board, staff and all of you who are volunteers, teachers, and program participants. My heart is filled with gratitude to be a part of this amazing organization.

At the same time that we have been reflecting on 10 years of change at PSRC, I am navigating change at home. Our younger son graduated from high school, heading off to college in August. We are moving from the house we’ve lived in for 18 years into one nearby that we’ve been renovating for the next stage of our lives. Certainly my work has informed decisions to find something on one floor, small enough to be comfortable for two, but large enough for young adults to return home.

This brings my attention to the issues of downsizing and organizing. It is amazing how much can be accumulated in 18 years (or 25 or 40 or 60 you will tell me), and we haven’t even taken on the family heirlooms.

I started in the attic. Years of financial documents went to shredding, using the document retention guide we created in 2008 (put document retention into search on the PSRC website, or go to director’s message April 2008).* Children’s art was photographed and children’s toys were donated (except a few favorites). Then I stalled out when I found my childhood memory box, re-reading old journals, scrapbooks and report cards. I finally decided I haven’t looked at them in 40 years, and I rather prefer the memories in my head to the material evidence. I don’t think my kids need to read about my adolescent angst. I continue to struggle with the household items that one of the boys might need for their next home, but a lot has gone to the local thrift stores. Several books have been sold on Amazon, sold to the Book Exchange, and donated to the library. The bunk bed was sold on Craig’s list, and other things through the George School Want Ads. I can already envision a yard sale next year with the things that don’t fit.

I am using advice that I read about downsizing a few years ago. Many treasures (like kid’s art) can be digitized by photographing or scanning. Often it is sufficient to keep one piece of memorabilia, not all the items you have collected or inherited. Ask yourself if an item really has value to you. I’m surprised at the number of things I’ve uncovered where I don’t remember any longer where it came from, while others evoke strong memories. It may also be helpful to have someone else evaluate what to keep. I know it’s a lot easier for me to question things Scott has elected to move than my own boxes! There are moving professionals who can help, one of whom will be at Plan for the Future Day October 20.

The next challenge is organizing in the new space. I am a big advocate for open shelves and clear plastic bins with lids that can be stacked, and keeping only the things that are used regularly in our living space to keep it open and uncluttered (no tripping hazards).
This week we picked lettuce and snap peas from our new garden, which assured me that we can make this new space our home. We are helping our sons understand that “home” is more about the people who are important to you than a physical location, while acknowledging that it is hard to leave the only home you’ve known.

*We hear rumor of a local shredding event in September, and will let you know when we hear a date.

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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