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Director's Message

April 2013 - Becoming Visible

I write this as we see the first promising signs of spring, and just after the Oscars. Change is in the air. Am I alone in thinking that there are a growing number of movies about older people and older actors on the screen? And not just getting lifetime achievement awards, but as viable candidates for best actor/actress, director, and other awards! Not so long ago, actors stopped getting calls by age 40.

There are some great movies that feature older actors.  But it seems to me that the movies are increasingly not just comedies about funny old people (think Grumpy Old Men, Cocoon, Calendar Girls), end of life (Bucket List) or coping with the ravages of Alzheimer’s (Away From Her), but some addressed very real aging issues and just normal daily life.  Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones tried to restore the magic in their marriage in Hope Springs. Amour explored whether a man can keep his marital vow to care for his wife at home until death.  Red featured three retired spies who haven’t lost their mojo.  Best ExoticMarigold Hotel featured a host of familiar actors playing characters wrestling with a number of midlife issues.  Beginners addressed adult children dealing with parents dating and homosexuality.   AARP publishes lists of best movies of the year to guide you to some of the great ones each year.
 
I think that this is partly an economic phenomenon. The production companies have realized that Boomers still go to the movies, they pay for entertainment (especially by our favorite performers—just look at the number of aging rock stars still on tour—who knew they’d make it to 60?), they buy products, and they look to media for role models.   Aren’t we also seeing older characters in television commercials doing more than selling Geritol?
 
I would like to think this is the beginning of a culture change.  Whether art reflects life or life imitates art, older people will be seen and noticed.  It is said that the Boomers will change this stage of life as they have every other stage before it, and I would like to think we will effect change and make the world a better place. But I think we owe a debt of gratitude to the generations before us who worked hard and paved the way for the changes in civil rights and women’s rights that we’ve seen in our lifetime. 
 
Are we now seeing the beginning of another culture change that is about the right of older adults to be visible, to be respected, to remain active?  You are paving the way and we Boomers will make it the new normal.  Let the movies be our harbinger of change!
 
PSRC is proud to be a part of this change.  Our Next Step program is affiliated with Encore.org, a national organization which is actively engaging people in changing the way we think about life after retirement, and the need for society to view older workers differently.   Encore.org supports the Purpose Prizes which are awarded to people who are making a difference in their communities and the world through developing encore projects.  Please come hear Marci Alboher speak on April 23at 7 pm about her newly published Encore Career Handbook, which will guide you through thinking differently about your encore years.   Explore our new Encore Internships which provide opportunities to make a mid-life career change.
 
Stand out!  Be visible!  Make a difference! Confront and dismantle old and outdated stereotypes of older people.  “Be the change you want to see in the world” (Gandhi).
 
 
Susan W. Hoskins LCSW
 

Previous Messages

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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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