September 2012 - A Journey of Transformation
I want to get you excited about attending Plan for the Future Day in October, but first I want to share some recent musings on aging. We often talk about aging as a process, and as being full of transitions, many of which are losses. But what if we think of aging as a time of transformation?
To transform is to “change in form, appearance, or structure” according to dictionary-reference.com. Transformation is often understood in a spiritual context, implying a positive change as a person is altered by an experience that deepens their faith. The transformative experience can completely revolutionize relationships, activities and focus, as well as one’s understanding of life. Certainly aging brings wisdom and new awareness which has the power to transform us. We do gain a new appearance and restructure our lives many times over. Often we discover unanticipated benefits and a new depth of understanding, as well as a deeper connection to our spiritual self. Can reframing to a focus on transformation change our perception and experience of the aging journey?
The PSRC staff has been busy planning the fall conference, Plan for the Future. We joked about calling it Plan for the Future: I won’t live in my son’s basement….because he’s living in mine! We all know lots of people who talk about planning but never get around to it. Some just can’t deal with aging, others get overwhelmed by discussing the legal and financial issues. And others do a great job of planning and then something unexpected happens. Adult children move back in just as you are ready to downsize, or you need to care for your parents, or a chronic illness makes you re-examine the accessibility of your home.
The reality is that you plan for the future throughout adulthood. You have planned how to pursue a career, how to send your kids to school, how to spend your free time. The other reality is that you need to constantly revise your plan because of those unexpected turns or transformations.
Plan for the Future Day is to help you plan for life after 50 “because the future arrives faster than you think!” We are starting off the day with a comedienne, Robin Fox, who will help us laugh at ourselves for all the ways we postpone planning or make unrealistic plans. And then we will go into some fantastic workshops with professionals we know and trust who will present on legal and financial planning, paperwork and organizing, residential care contracts, home modifications, retirement and encore careers, family conversations, and end of life planning. The workshops will be followed by a resource fair and lunch, all without cost to you, thanks to our sponsoring partners. There will be time to share questions and your wisdom with others throughout the morning.
Do you want to stay in your own home? Have you moved to a different state from the one in which you wrote your last will and powers of attorney? Have your family circumstances changed? Want to understand the differences between senior housing options? Looking for a new project to give your life purpose? Need help starting the family conversation? If you answered yes, it is time to update your plan. Come on October 20 from 8:30am to 1:00pm, bring your friends, parents, and adult children. Let this conference begin to transform the way you think and talk about your future. See page 12 for additional details.
We have many exciting programs lined up for this Fall. We hope you will join others in making PSRC the active Adult Center of Princeton and we’ll see you often. Don’t forget that staff are always available to help you navigate these life transitions.
Susan W Hoskins LCSW
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