Series on Aging Well

Where:  Newtown Friends Meeting, 219 Court St, Newtown PA.

When:  Usually Third Sunday of each month. 12:30-2 pm.  Bring your own brown bag lunch.  Newtown Friends invite you to also join us for worship at 11 and fellowship at 12. 

The programs are free and open to anyone. You do not need to attend the whole series.  Sessions will include a presentation by a professional and plenty of time for discussion and resources.  Programs will be informational without promoting particular products or services.

1.     Transition to “Retirement”: What will your next chapter look like?  When will you make this transition?  Why?  What are the important factors to consider when planning this change? Where do we find purpose in later years? Facilitator: Susan Hoskins LCSW, Newtown Meeting.  Executive Director, Friends Foundation for the Aging, formerly ED of Princeton Senior Resource Center. September 15.

2.     Ageism: We’ll watch the Ashton Applewhite TED talk “Let’s End Ageism” and discuss what ageism is, how it plays out in our lives, and what steps we can take to address it.  Facilitator: Jean-Marie Barch, Schuylkill Meeting,  October 20.

3.     Spirituality and Aging: We will explore ways our spiritual lives and practices support us emotionally as we cope with the inevitable changes of growing older including how we manage loss, loneliness and isolation, depression and anxiety in the last third of life.   Do our spiritual lives change as we age?  How do we manage loneliness and isolation, depression and anxiety?  Where do we find purpose, community, and spiritual deepening?  Facilitator: George Schaefer, Abington Meeting, PYM Staff- Aging Concerns.  November 17.

4.     End of Life Planning and Care:  Discussion will include navigating this stage of life and “goals of care” – what values we want to hold to as we age and face difficult healthcare decisions.  It will include healthcare directives, palliative, and hospice care. Facilitator: Ted Taylor, Director, Department of Pastoral Care and Training,  RWJ Barnabas Health, Hamilton, Yardley Meeting  Date:  December 15.

5.     Family Caregiving:  Do you provide rides, bookkeeping, housekeeping, companionship, or personal care to a family member or friend without compensation? You are a family caregiver! Many types of support are needed, whether the care recipient lives with you, on their own, or in a residential community.  How do you balance caregiving with a job and a family?  The discussion will include care for the caregiver, long-distance care, resources, and the joys and challenges of being a family caregiver.  Facilitator: Susan Hoskins LCSW, Newtown Meeting.  Executive Director, Friends Foundation for the Aging, formerly ED of Princeton Senior Resource Center.  January 19, 2020.

6.     Legal and Financial Planning:  We will review the documents you should have in place as part of your estate plan (of any size), including advance directives, wills, and document files.  How do Medicare, Long Term Care Insurance and Medicaid fit in?  Facilitator: Lisa Collins, Attorney, Fallsington Meeting.  February 23, 2020.

7.     Housing Options:  Where will you live?  We’ll discuss issues to consider and hear from a panel of people who have chosen different options.  The program will also explain levels of care and some tips for aging in place, such as home modifications and home care. Facilitator: Susan Hoskins LCSW, Newtown Meeting March 15, 2020.

8.     Downsizing: Many of us accumulate a lot of stuff over a lifetime. This session will cover how to deal with possessions including organizing, downsizing and recycling or discarding items as you look toward moving to a smaller home or not leaving as much for your family to manage. Facilitator: Carol Bernard, Hocksessing Meeting April 19, 2020.

9.     Cognitive Shift:  Cognitive changes will affect all of us as we age.  Some of us have family or friends who are living with changes, or we may be experiencing shifts ourselves.  We will discuss how words matter when referring to individuals living with cognitive shift, and their care.  We will review cognitive shift and offer strategies for managing changes that may be occurring.   Facilitators: Meri Barboni, CDP, CADDCT, CDCM, MS, Memory Care Administrator, Pickering Manor & Amy Keiper-Shaw, LCSW, CT, GC-C, CTTP, AHCP-SW, CDP, Social Worker, Pennswood Village  Date:  May 31, 2020.

10.  Healthy Aging:  Discussion will review the research that has identified key factors that contribute to healthy aging.  Facilitator: Chiyo Moriuchi, Newtown Meeting  Date:  June 21, 2020.

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