One of the things we have been doing this summer when not packing and office-hopping is strategic planning. Strategic planning is a process of envisioning where an organization wants to be 3-5 years from now and then creating a plan for how to allocate resources (including money, board and staff time) to achieve those goals.
The board selected a strategic planning committee and engaged a consultant to guide us through the process. They have started interviewing other senior programs, professionals and people in the community. The staff has had three afternoons away from the office to share what we love about PSRC, what works and what doesn’t, and what we would like to see change. Your input is essential to the process. We have designed a survey which is in this issue and posted on our website, as well as planning two listening sessions so you can tell us what you think.
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Planning and adaptability are especially critical in these challenging economic times. It is breathtaking how quickly things can change. Four years ago when we completed our last strategic plan, the economy was thriving. We envisioned expanding to attract the new Boomer generation of retirees. Today many of them are seeking employment and we just started a new program to help vulnerable older adults find economic stability. It is satisfying to review that strategic plan and realize how many of the goals we have achieved. Among these, we have a funded endowment; the Engaged Retirement and Partners In Caring Programs are securely launched; Evergreen Forum is thriving; we have new branding (logo, brochures, letterhead, etc); we have a new website; we have strong collaborative partners; and more people in the community know and use our services.
Concurrent with strategic planning, I have been writing my annual report on our activities this year and finalizing the budget for the coming year. The Center has been vibrant with activity, and so many people have sought assistance. It has been a challenging year financially for PSRC, as for all non-profits. We have dropped some programs that were no longer fruitful. I have also been closely following conversations with other senior center directors throughout the country. Everyone is trying to save current programs rather than starting new innovative initiatives. There is a lot of anxiety about once-reliable funding from federal, state and local sources for critical programs, especially with the Older Americans Act funding due for renewal this year. All are seeking new solutions to budget problems. Many are implementing class fees, facility rentals, “Friends ” associations and membership fees. Since we already do these, we need to be especially creative in finding ways to preserve sustainability.
Strategic planning invites us to review our vision and mission to make sure that they still reflect the heart of what we do, and that the work reflects these core statements. It invites us to take a step back from the daily administration busyness to look at the big picture. The charge we are given—to support healthy aging and address the needs of people between age 55 and 105+ and their family caregivers— is huge. It includes at least three generations with vastly different expectations and needs. Our resources are limited. What should our goals be? We need to hear from you--our participants, donors, and friends--to help us set priorities. When and why do you come to PSRC? Do we meet your needs? Do you know people who do not attend and why they don’t? What are we doing really well? What is missing? Please share your thoughts through the survey or by attending one of the listening sessions.
June 2013 - Age Friendly Communities
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!
Am I Old?
Aging In America May 2010
Volunteering April 2010
Spirituality March 2010
Encore Careers January 2010
Hiring Home Care
Annual Giving by
Flu Pandemic 2009 October 2009
Healthy Memory, Healthy Mind
A Personal Perspective on Caregiving
Wei Ji: Crisis, Danger and Opportunity
Write your own obituary
Hope and Vision in Challenging Times
Medicare Changes 2008: Take A Look!
Scams, Frauds and Rip-offs November 2008
Engaged Retirement: Beyond Financial Planning
Finding Rhythm and Purpose
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?
Get Moving with FitRhythms™!
My Condolences January 2008
What Are Social Services? November 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