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Social Services and You

PSRC has a team of wonderful people that provide all kinds of support to seniors. During this time of social distancing PSRC has staff and volunteers making calls to seniors to check in and see how they are doing. During these calls a consistent question has been asked, “What exactly is social services?” PSRC social workers are problem solvers, a listening ear, benefits evaluators, facilitators of groups, supportive aging in place experts, and generally people that help get you answers to your most pressing questions.

Some of the questions the social service team fields on a regular basis are:

  • How can I get assistance for my mother that lives in the Princeton area when I live out of state?
  • What services/programs am I eligible to receive?
  • I have just stopped driving and I’m afraid of losing my independence. What are my options?
  • My neighbor fell and seems to need in-home support. What can I do to help?
  • I heard there are faith communities in the area providing food. Where can I go?
  • A friend recently lost their spouse. What kind of support is available for them?
  • My place is getting too hard for me to manage because of the stairs. Who can help sort out what to do next?

Zoom meeting – Seniors 4 Seniors project-GrandPals meeting with Corner House student leaders

Princeton Senior Resource Center is unique in many ways. PSRC has a social services staff that will answer your questions via phone, an email, and do home visits (after social distancing has been lifted). The team also facilitates support and social groups: changed from being together in-person to doing the groups via Zoom online, but still gathering. Here is a list of upcoming groups:

Let’s Talk — Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.
Children of Aging Parents — Thursday, April 9 at 4:00 p.m.
Caregivers — Monday, April 13 at 3:00 p.m.
Next Chapter: Widows/Widowers — Tuesday, April 14 and April 28 at 11:00 a.m.
Transition to Retirement — Friday, April 17 at 3:00 p.m.

Please go HERE to register for any of the groups! Once you are registered you will receive information about how to join the calls. For social services questions please reach out to socialservices@princetonsenior.org. Or leave a message on voice mail at 609.252.2362, if you prefer to leave a phone message.

Seniors for Seniors
What an exciting new partnership we have developed between PSRC GrandPals and Corner House! Our wonderful GrandPals volunteers have not been able to read with their kindergarten children since schools have been closed. The high school senior leaders at Corner House are finishing their school year online and want to be involved in the community. The two programs will match seniors from the PSRC GrandPals program with high school seniors from Corner House to meet online and get to know each other. We can’t wait to share more about this intergenerational collaboration!

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