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Director's Message

Civic Engagement with GrandPals October 2004

Director’s Message
October 2004
Civic engagement with GrandPals
After retirement, many people find avenues to stay engaged in the community through volunteering. Some use this opportunity to learn new skills or try things that didn’t fit in their busy lives, while others find ways to apply their expertise in new ways. Everyone has a sense of making a contribution to an individual or group and of being valued for their service. Community non-profit organizations rely on these volunteers to support their missions of service to the community.
PSRC had over 430 volunteers last year, contributing time and experience to help others age 5 to 100 through the GrandPals, HomeFriends, and LINK Programs, as well as serving as instructors, office assistants, and special events volunteers. The GrandPals Program began 8 years ago. It matches retired adults with children in the Princeton Regional Schools. Many GrandPals read with kindergarten students at Littlebrook School to encourage their reading skills. Other GrandPals have worked with children at Community Park School who need individual attention to master basic skills. We have also had an ePals Program at Johnson Park School, where Fourth graders partnered with older adults to master computer skills and share life stories.  
Over the course of the year, strong bonds are formed between children and adults who may not see their own relatives very often. Children at Littlebrook tell us how much they have looked forward to getting their own GrandPal, after hearing about the program from older siblings. GrandPals glow with pride over the progress made by the children during the year. A friendly face can make all the difference to a child who is in a new school or new country, or who already feels s/he can’t learn.
This year we are very excited to have the opportunity to have programs at all three schools again (after a reduced year for construction). Littlebrook GrandPals will continue to work with 1 or 2 kindergarteners through the year. Community Park GrandPals will partner with particular teachers for the year or assist on specific projects relating to an individual’s interests or experience, such as poetry, living in a foreign country or a career in rocketry. This creates opportunities for those who are unable to commit to a full school year. Volunteers at Johnson Park will be helping in the new Preschool program. There will be opportunities on a regular weekly basis and for short projects. We also welcome substitute GrandPals.
We need volunteers to make this program a success! You do not need to have experience as a teacher, or with children. Patty DeRuosi, the GrandPals Director, is an educator and she provides oversight and coaching to the volunteers.   If you are interested in attending an information session, please contact Patty at    . If you are interested in other volunteer opportunities in the area, visit
Don’t Get Caught by an e-Thief
A recent Newsweek article notes that nearly 2 million people had their checking accounts raided last year. Most of these people were banking and shopping on-line. Short of discontinuing your on-line activity, there are recommended steps you can take to protect yourself.
  • Never answer an email from a bank or credit-card issuer. Most of these look real but are fake.
  • Never respond to an email asking you to verify your password. Call the bank, or go to their website yourself, not by clicking “reply”.
  • Read your statement carefully when you get it, follow up on discrepancies. 
  • Use a credit card instead of a debit card for on-line transactions. Many debit cards don’t have the same anti-fraud protection.
  • When you get promotions with checks in the mail, black-out the account number and shred the checks before putting them in the trash.
  • Do the same with credit card receipts that have your full account number.
  • Attend our fraud-prevention brown bag seminars to learn more tips!

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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