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Director's Message

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
Executive Director

Previous Messages

Preferred Caregivers: Daughters

Cues & Clues

Recharging

GrandPals Celebrate 20 Years!

Multi-generational Households

No One Ages Well Alone

Help at Home

Gratitude

November 2016 Family Caregiving

October 2016 Annual Report

September 2016 Corporate Healthcare

Strategic Planning

Is Your Home Age- Friendly?

May 2016 Director's Message 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 60 Is the New 60

April 2015 - Spring

March 2015 - 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

APRIL 2012 - TEN YEARS

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

TRANSPORTATION May 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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