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Director's Message

Transitions January 2005

Transitions: “The one constant in life is change.”
 
January is the month of new beginnings, of reviewing the past year and envisioning changes for the coming year. I think we borrow from the Jewish tradition on this concept, albeit on a different calendar.
 
Transitions are rarely easy. There is often a lot of anxiety as one contemplates a major change, weighing the pros and cons and trying to predict into the future what the implications are of the change. However, these are often the smoothest transitions, when one has a feeling of exercising options, has had time to prepare, and has lined up the necessary support systems of family, friends and others. Certainly the toughest transitions are those that catch one unaware, without preparation or any choice in the matter. Change often brings new challenges, whether they be a new environment to get used to, new people and resources to discover, new routines. Change often also brings unanticipated surprises and opportunities.
 
Almost a century ago, Arnold van Gennep studied rituals and coined the phrase “rites of passage.” He identified three stages: separation, transition and incorporation, still relevant to understanding life changes. In the first stage, one is separated from the old and familiar in a period of loss. The middle stage is a neutral or limbo phase between old and new. Last, when the inner adjustments have been made, there is an acceptance of the new reality (1). Please call our Transitions staff if you need assistance navigating a life transition.
 
January will bring change at PSRC this year, as Nancy Arnold and Kathy Keating Iola are both moving on. Nancy has decided to retire from her position as Activity Director to enable her to devote more time to family, travel, and volunteering in the community. We are excited that she is choosing to do some of that volunteering for PSRC, so we don’t have to say goodbye. Kathy has accepted a position as administrative assistant at the Cambridge School in Pennington. Nancy and Kathy have both been with PSRC for five years. They have been deeply dedicated to the work of PSRC and have contributed in many creative ways.
 
One result of this transition is the ability to redefine job responsibilities. We will now have a full-time Activity Director, who will oversee all classes and activities at the Suzanne Patterson Building, do publicity and the Mature Princeton bulletin, and manage scheduling of the building. We will also have a part-time Bookkeeper. We have been interviewing candidates and have selected Carol King as Bookkeeper and Maureen Tyler as Activity Director. They will both start in January. You may already know Carol from Nassau Presbyterian Church, Glenmaryl Woolworks or 10,000 Villages, and Maureen from Merwick where she has been Recreation Director.   Please stop by the office to meet and welcome them.
 
HELP MAKE A COMFORT QUILT
 
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.
 
THANKS
 
PSRC wants to thank all the volunteers who helped Flu Shot Day go so smoothly and who helped make the Holiday Party such a lovely event.
 
Thanks to RBCDain Raucher for their contribution to support the live entertainment at the Princeton Cotton Club event on January 15. This event is a fund-raiser for the PSRC social service programs and we want the whole community to turn out for some good listening, dancing and socializing. 
 
We also thank PNC Bank for their contribution in support of the Caregiver Resource Center and the Caregiver Conference in November.
 
ATTENTION GRANDPALS!
 
Johns Hopkins University recently did a study on the effect of a program called Experience Corps, a volunteer service program for older adults to work with students in 3 urban Baltimore schools. The volunteers gave 15 hours of service per week for the duration of the school year. At the end of the year, students in all 3 of the schools showed improved reading skills and better classroom behavior, as compared to the 3 control group schools. The volunteers reported feeling stronger, had fewer falls and improved social contacts. (Reported in NCOA         )
 
OSTEOPOROSIS
 
U.S. Surgeon General Carmona has issued a supplement entitled “The 2004 Surgeon General’s Report on Bone health and Osteoporosis: What it means to you.”   It can be downloaded from www.surgeongeneral.gov or by calling 1-800-866-728-BONE. 10 million Americans over age 50 have osteoporosis, while another 34 million are at risk for developing the disease, which can affect both men and women. Recent studies indicate that anyone over age 50 should increase Vitamin D intake to 400 IU per day.
 
CAREGIVER MARKETPLACE
 
Family caregivers often spend thousands of dollars out of their own funds for things not covered by Insurance. Caregiver marketplace offers nearly 1000 goods and services such as nutrition supplements, incontinence products, home modification equipment. Enrollees can get cash back or discounts on products bought through the Marketplace. Go to www.caregiversmarketplace.com or call 1-866-327-8340.
 
IS IT ALZHEIMER’S?
 
The Alzheimer’s Association has developed a checklist of common signs of Alzheimer’s Disease. For more information call the Association at 609-514-5346.
1.      Memory Loss-forgetting recently learned information
2.      Difficulty performing familiar tasks-such as meal preparation or a hobby
3.      Problems with language-forgetting simple words, substituting unusual words. Handwriting may be hard to understand.
4.      Disorientation of times and places-forget where they are or how to get home
5.      Poor or decreased judgment-making poor choices
6.      Problems with abstract thinking-not able to calculate numbers, generalize
7.      Misplacing things-putting things in peculiar places
8.      Changes in mood and behavior-sudden mood swings
9.      Changes in personality-confused, suspicious, fearful, dependent
10. Loss of initiative-loss of interest.
Early diagnosis is important for appropriate treatment and care. New medications can slow the progression and assist mental function in the early stages.

Susan W. Hoskins LCSW

Previous Messages

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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