As anyone might guess from reading last week’s issue (U.S. 1 Turns 30), some of us who put out this paper are not spring chickens. And for us an issue focused on senior care is one that we take more interest in with every passing year.
This week’s cover story by Barbara Figge Fox sheds light on the end-of-life considerations that most of us want to put off until later, usually much later, and sometimes just plain too late. That story, focused on Dr. David Barile, a board-certified gerriatrician, begins on page 8.
We also point out the “advertising features” that begin on page 9 of this issue. As most readers know, these features, also known as “advertorials” are sponsored by advertisers. In some cases they can be nothing more than promotional fluff from the sponsor. In this issue we have been impressed by their substantial content. The advertorials offer advice on aging in place, wills and medical directives, senior living communities, new technologies in hearing aids, preventive cardiology, and more.
Thanks to the Baby Boomers, the audience for this subject matter is sure to grow in the coming years. We have three letters this week from senior-oriented organizations.
#b#To the Editor: Meals on Wheels Seeks Volunteers#/b#
We are very pleased to see U.S. 1 devoting an issue to senior living in Mercer County. With more and more baby boomers living longer through healthy lifestyles, they are also looking for ways to give back. Meals on Wheels of Trenton/Ewing is a great place to “pay it forward.”
Meals on Wheels of Trenton/Ewing has been around since 1973, when it began serving four meals, to serving more than 44,000 meals last year alone in Trenton and Ewing Township. It is the largest home-delivered meal program in the county, as well as the largest provider of subsidized meals. We turn no one away due to an inability to pay, and maintain no waiting lists.
Meals on Wheels of Trenton/Ewing reinforces the trend of supporting seniors who want to “age in place,” in their homes and out of long-term care. The provision of healthy meals daily, especially for those who are homebound and live on a fixed income, allows them to direct their limited resources to housing and medical needs.
We are currently looking for volunteers to deliver meals, and provide that daily check-in with our homebound seniors, that is equally as important as the daily meal delivery: It has saved lives, and it is why we say we are “so much more than a meal!”
If you are interested in volunteering, contact our offices at 609-695-3483 or E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also go to our website at www.mowte.org for more information. Please consider making a difference in the life of a homebound senior in Mercer County. We will accommodate your schedule!
Sasa Olessi Montano
Executive director, Meals on Wheels of Trenton/Ewing
On behalf of everyone at the Princeton Senior Resource Center, I would like to thank the donors, volunteers, and sponsors who contributed to our fall conference on Technology and Aging Independently on November 1 — 175 people showed up for this event.
We were pleased to host keynote speaker Tobey Dichter, CEO of Generations on Line. Other panelists were Barbara Lundy, Don Benjamin, N.B. Sreenivasan, Hinda Greenberg, Tom Callahan, David Deutsch, Deborah Casarella, Barbara Vanning, Lynne Hofstaedter, Holly Hardaway, Michael Ogg, Claire Mulry, Annette Murphy, Susan Mott, and Jane Hauge. Their expertise made this event shine.
We also appreciate the generosity of this year’s sponsors: Acorn Glen, B-Well/Pavilions, Buckingham Place, LIFE St. Francis, Merwick Care & Rehabilitation Center, Always Best Senior Care, A.W. Martin Construction, Bobette Lister, Gloria Nilson & Co., Edie Kelly-Edward Jones, Goodwill Home Medical Equipment, Greenwood House, Health Trends, Heidi Joseph, Berkshire Hathaway, Marion Sommer-New England Financial, Mistral, Princeton Medical Institute, Princeton Theological Seminary, PSRC Ping Pong Players, Secure@Home, Senior Care Helpers, and Teena L. Cahill, Psy.D.
A special thanks goes to Princeton Care Center for providing breakfast, Brandywine Senior Living at Princeton for catering lunch. Kimble Funeral Home for delivering extra seating and the Bloomberg volunteers.
Founded 40 years ago, PSRC offers affordable services, programs and opportunities that support, educate, and engage older individuals and their family caregivers.
Susan W. Hoskins, LCSW
I would like to thank all of the Middlesex, Mercer, Hunterdon and Somerset County area residents who supported our Walk to End Alzheimer’s event last month at ETS in Princeton. Over 2,000 community residents participated to raise awareness about the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and to raise funds to support Alzheimer’s Association care, support, and research programs.
Currently, over half a million people in New Jersey are living with Alzheimer’s disease or are caring for someone with dementia, and that number is expected to increase dramatically by 2025. Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.
We appreciate all of the support that we received from the staff of this community-minded company, its CEO Walt MacDonald, and executive director of IT production Carol Bucca, our committee chair.
We are deeply grateful for the support of 103.5 KTU’s Paul “Cubby” Bryant, and regional sponsors Mathematica Policy Research, Merck, and Springpoint Senior Living. We extend our thanks to the volunteers: Samantha Buckenberger; Mary Ann Buteau; Denise Goldstein; Linda Grenis; Reese Hansen; Gretchen Mangone; Alyssa Miletti; Monica Morgan; Chris Slavicek; and Neil Wise.
Kenneth C. Zaentz, CFRE
President & CEO,