Series on Aging Well

Bonus: Advance care planning during COVID-19 crisis: having the conversation now…  A conversation between Ted Taylor MDiv, Director of Pastoral Care & Training at RWJ Barnabas Hospital in Hamilton NJ (Yardley Meeting), and Susan W Hoskins LCSW (Newtown Meeting), in which they discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the urgency for talking with family members about how you would like your care to be handled in a way consistent with your choices and Quaker values. View Worksheet here.

TOPICS

Transition to RetirementWhat 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. (09/15/2019) https://youtu.be/2JFyUNw_oLY

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,  (10/20/2019) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgPmBVFFrm0&feature=youtu.be

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.  (11/17/2019) https://youtu.be/xeRIKM1qQkQ

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. (12/15/2019) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfVjBk3YmBI&feature=youtu.be

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.  (01/19/2020) https://youtu.be/hoiXzonvSzA

Legal and Estate 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. (02/23/20) https://youtu.be/_oPISdnGgLo

Housing Options – Where will you live in your later years? The program will explain options for people of different incomes, levels of care and some tips for aging in place, such as home modifications and home care. It includes things to think about now as you plan for your future. There are two parts: Part 1 on Housing Options and Part 2 on Aging in Place. Facilitator: Susan Hoskins LCSW, Newtown Meeting.  (09/12/20)

7 Housing – Part One

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gGqnGPu_Uw&feature=youtu.be

Future Topics – all programs are postponed until we can be together again.

Downsizing and Organizing 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. Postponed-date TBA

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. Postponed date TBA

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