Princeton Senior Resource Center - the go to place for seniors

« June 2018 »
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Click on Month for full Calendar view
Newsletter Download

Director's Message

Caregiving November 2004

I recently attended a networking breakfast sponsored by the Human Services Commission, where it was rumored we would introduce ourselves by identifying an animal that represented what we do. As I pondered what to say while I drove in that morning, I came to the startling realization that I do not know of any animal other than the human species that takes care of its elderly when they are beyond reproductive age. We must therefore overcome biological as well as social resistance when we devote resources to our elders. But what a sorry world we would have without the gifts of our elders: mentoring, teaching, caring for youth, passing on history, leading and maintaining our community. 
November is Family Caregiver Month, when we honor those who quietly give care to a family member, neighbor or friend. Every one of us is probably a caregiver to some degree; from doing occasional grocery shopping for a neighbor who no longer drives to providing 24 hour personal care in the home. PSRC’s Caregiver Resource Center is hosting “Wisdom for the Caregiver: Nurturing the Nurturer” on Saturday, November 13 from 10 am-3 pm. The day is designed to honor caregivers and provide important information. The keynote speaker is Dr. Teena Cahill, a local psychologist and nationally-known speaker, who is herself a caregiver. She will be joined in an afternoon panel by her husband, Col. Brooks Dyer, her daughter, attorney Mia Cahill, Linda McDonald, a Princeton Geriatric Social Worker, Dr. Jennifer Murphy, a research neuro-psychologist, and Lynn Buie-Carter, RN, MSN, a nurse who specializes in insurance and patient advocacy issues. We are planning a delicious lunch and other treats for the caregivers. So, this month, please appreciate your caregivers and encourage them to treat themselves to our conference!
This also provides an opportunity to remind you of the many social services offered by PSRC for people who are aging in place in our community and their caregivers near and far. We maintain an Information and Referral service, where we can help you connect with community services and resources. We provide consultations and counseling to help you identify your needs and consider options. We can help you determine your eligibility for various government programs and assist with applications. We host SHIP (Medicare) and Food Stamp counselors. We maintain a resource library and publish Community Resources for the Older Adult and Alternative Living Arrangements for Seniors, in addition to hosting educational programs and support groups.
I hope you are also familiar with our HomeFriends and LINK programs, which match adult and teen volunteers with home-based adults who are desiring to age in place, but may have become isolated and lonely because they don’t get out, or have difficulty with tasks like shopping or reading mail due to loss of eyesight or driving abilities. Many people do not have family nearby to help with these tasks. Please call Susan Kugler or Sue Tillett if you would like to be a HomeFriends volunteer or if you know someone who would benefit from a weekly visitor.
PSRC is seeking funding to develop a good central data base, one that can manage lists of donors, volunteers, program participants, mailing list etc. We want to be able to print class attendance lists, or do a mailing to people who have gone on prior trips. We want to send out a single mailing without duplication. We have taken some initial steps toward this, but need a gift of $5-10,000 to realize this dream.
PSRC received a grant from the J. Seward Johnson Sr. Trust to support our social services for older adults in the Princeton community, particularly those who are recent immigrants or with few resources.
The Caregiver Resource Center received a grant from the Mercer County Commission on the Status of Women to reach and support female caregivers. We expect to do this through the fall education series, the Nurturing conference and our support groups.
Earlier this summer, we received a donation from the Princeton Rotary to purchase a defibrillator (A.E.D.) for the Suzanne Patterson Building. It will be purchased soon and then staff will be trained in its use. We hope we never have to use it!
We have just received word that we will be receiving a donation from Bristol Myers Squibb toward the purchase of a LCD projector. Thanks to our computer instructor, Phyllis Kurshan for doing the outreach! Additional gifts are welcome as this will cover about half the cost.
Do you knit or crochet? Not sure what to make or have trouble with the intricate patterns but want to keep your hands busy during the long winter months? We want to try to assemble a comfort quilt to give to someone who needs it. Use your scrap yarn to make 6” squares and then bring them in to us at either location. When we have enough collected, we will stitch them together into a lap blanket. Volunteers to help with the assembly are welcome. If the idea takes off, we will continue.
A group of Sophomore students have offered to do leaf-raking for older adults in Princeton after November 1, when they return from break. If you have a modest sized yard and you are interested, please call PSRC at 252-2362. We will then let the students know of your need and they will contact you to schedule.
Claire Jacobus received an award from the Mercer County Commission on the Status of Women on October 21, 2004. She was recognized for her contributions to the community as a volunteer for PSRC, as well as the Human Services Commission, the Princeton Public Library and others.
Everyone is aware of the shortage of flu vaccine this year. As we go to press, we have received no vaccine serum yet this year. There is talk of redistribution of the vaccine not yet shipped. If we receive any of this serum we will let the community know through the Princeton Packet and Town Topics. In the meanwhile, here are some tips from the CDC by way of NPR:
Avoiding Flu & Colds
The CDC says if you can't get vaccinated for the flu, handwashing and good respiratory hygiene are good ways to avoid the flu and colds.

Handwashing Tips
· First wet your hands and apply liquid or clean bar soap. Place the bar soap on a rack and allow it to drain.
· Next rub your hands vigorously together and scrub all surfaces.
· Continue for 10-15 seconds or about the length of a little tune. It is the soap combined with the scrubbing action that helps dislodge and remove germs.
· Rinse well and dry your hands.

Respiratory Hygiene
· Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough.
· Keep fingers out of your mouth, nose and eyes.
· Never share toothbrushes, towels, drinking glasses and utensils.
· Avoid other people when you are ill with the cold or flu.
Source: CDC, 2004

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

© Princeton Senior Resource Center
45 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540
Suzanne Patterson Building 609-924-7108
Spruce Circle 609-252-2362
Suzanne Patterson Building 9AM-5:00PM
Spruce Circle 10:00AM-4:00PM,
Every Weekday Unless Otherwise Noted