Quaker Meet­ing presents ‘Ag­ing in a Spirit-Led Community’

The Advance of Bucks County - - RELIGION -

NEW­TOWN BOoOUdH - Su­san W. Hoskins, LCSW, will speak on “Ag­ing in a Spirit-Led Community” on Sun­day, Sept. 23 at 9:45 a.m. at the his­toric New­town Friends Meet­ing­house, 219 Court Street. Meet­ing for Wor­ship in the man­ner of Friends will fol­low at 11. The pub­lic is in­vited.

The pro­gram is de­signed to ad­dress sup­port of care­givers as well as care re­cip­i­ents. Hoskins will lead a dis­cus­sion to “ex­plore our re­sponses to ag­ing” by con­sid­er­ing such queries as, “What words do we as­so­ciate with ag­ing? How do we de­fine ‘home’? How do nu­aker val­ues and tes­ti­monies guide how we deal with our own ag­ing and that of oth­ers?”

Hoskins has been the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Prince­ton Se­nior oe­source Cen­ter EPSoCF since Feb. 2002. PSoC, a pri­vate, non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­vid­ing pro­grams and ser­vices to pro­mote healthy ag­ing, has 1200 peo­ple at­tend­ing classes and pro­grams weekly, more than 100 re­ceiv­ing so­cial ser­vice as­sis­tance each week and 550 vol­un­teers.

Hoskins writes a monthly col­umn on the PSoC web­site, and a blog in the monthly bul­letin “Ma­ture Princ- eton.” She fa­cil­i­tates two care­giver sup­port groups, does many con­sul­ta­tions and as­sess­ments with older adults and their fam­i­lies and is the “go-to per­son” for many peo­ple seek­ing guid­ance on is­sues of ag­ing. aevel­oper of more than 25 community part­ner­ships, and a founder of the United Ag­ing & ais­abil­ity Part­ner­ship, she also su­per­vises grad­u­ate students from the out­gers Univer­sity School of So­cial Work. She has pre­sented at the Na­tional Ag­ing Con­fer­ence as well as to sev­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions in the community.

Hav­ing earned her BA from Earl­ham Col­lege in oich­mond, Ind., and her MSW from out­gers drad­u­ate School of So­cial Work in New Brunswick, N.J., Hoskins is a li­censed clin­i­cal so­cial worker. She is board cer­ti­fied in so­cial work and holds cer­tifi­cates in geron­tol­ogy and se­nior ser­vice man­age­ment. Prior to join­ing PSoC, she was a fam­ily ther­a­pist at the Fam­ily duid­ance Cen­ter of Mercer County for 20 years.

Hoskins is an ac­tive life­long mem­ber of New­town Meet­ing, with her par­ents, her hus­band Scott, a teacher at de­orge School, and her two sons when they are in town. One is a stu­dent at Earl­ham Col­lege and the other in grad­u­ate school at San aiego State Univer­sity.

New­town Friends Meet­ing, co-founded in 1815 by nu­aker min­is­ter and artist, Ed­ward Hicks, is open to the pub­lic, with Sun­day School classes for chil­dren and adults at 9:45a.m. and wor­ship “af­ter the man­ner of Friends” at 11. Child­care is pro­vided.

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