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Director's Message

March 2013 - Navigating Life’s Transitions

Life is full of transitions. Some of these are anticipated, welcome, joyous occasions. Others are sudden, unexpected, tragic. Some are a mix of happy and sad. But they occur nonetheless, starting the day we are born. As we journey through life, we go off to the first day of school, the first sleep-over, the birth of a sibling, childhood illness. Then there is first love, transition from home, employment, marriage, children, new jobs and communities. Many of these transitions are marked by growth and change. For some of you there have been wars and immigration, loss of family members. And now in the last third of life, it may seem that many transitions are losses—of partners, career, good health, independence.
 
We talk a lot at PSRC about supporting people through life transitions. What does this mean? It means staff listening attentively when someone needs to talk. It means building peer support and community in every activity at PSRC. It means offering professional guidance through individual and family consultations and support groups. It means connecting you to services that will help you adapt to the changes in your life. It means building resilience, that ability to cope with stress and adversity. Resilience often develops with experience. It can come from the inner reserves of faith, outlook, attitude and personality. It can grow with support from family and friends.
As you continue on this journey of life, you will likely experience several more transitions. Have you thought about some of the changes that might lie ahead and what you would do? Planning ahead and being flexible in adapting a plan can make a big difference. Think about past experiences and the coping skills that have helped you through. What is the source of your resilience? Where do you turn for strength? Do you let friends and family help, or try go it alone? Whom can you enlist to help with the things that are most challenging for you? Talk to a PSRC Care Coordinator who can support you and help you get the resources you need.
When I meet with someone going through a difficult life transition, I listen carefully to how you experience the change, trying not to impose my own assumptions. I want to hear about the aspects that are most distressing and how you are coping. I want to acknowledge the things that are working, because sometimes it is hard to find strengths amidst the grief and fear. Perhaps there are coping skills that you have used in the past that can be applied now. I want to help create an action plan that will help you through the transition, to grow from the experience, to feel more resilient.
For example, I recently talked with a widow who felt overwhelmed by the paperwork that needed to be done and was very lonely after her husband’s death. I was able to connect her with professionals who help with paperwork, as well as the AARP tax aides, and encouraged her to think about the social benefits of living in a community and participating more in PSRC activities. She was grateful for the support and ready to take the first step.
Together we can navigate life transitions.
 
Susan W. Hoskins LCSW

Previous Messages

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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