Staying Well with Princeton Benefits, December 2021

Dec. 8, 2021

While the holidays are considered a joyous time of year, for many people the season is quite stressful due to financial worries, family obligations, and lack of time. Further, the holidays can cause or worsen depression and anxiety, especially for those dealing with the loss of a loved one. Be mindful of what family, friends, and colleagues may be feeling and lend support when you can.

Taking care of your physical, mental, and financial wellness is extremely important. We hope this monthly benefits newsletter will make it easy and convenient for you to do just that.


My Health Coach

We all experience varying levels of stress throughout our lives, but there are tools that can help us deal with it. This short Stress Management video contains relaxation exercises, information about chronic stress, and helpful hints like the importance of laughter.

If you are having difficulty relaxing, try this self-guided imagery exercise that focuses on positive thoughts and images to help relieve tension.

Get more details on the My Health Coach program.

24-Hour Nurse Line Through Aetna & UnitedHealthcare

Did you know Princeton University employees and their dependents who are enrolled in a Princeton medical plan have access to a 24-hour nurse line through Aetna and UnitedHealthcare? Registered nurses are available 24/7 to provide information and possibly prevent an unneeded trip to the doctor’s office. The service is free and can help you:

  • Choose appropriate medical care to determine if the emergency room, urgent care, a visit to the doctor, or self-care is right for your needs.
  • Understand a wide range of symptoms.
  • Find out more about a medical test, procedure, or diagnosis.
  • Learn about important health screenings.

To access, Aetna members call (800) 556-1555; UnitedHealthcare members call (877) 609-2273.



Coping with Grief During the Holiday Season
This webinar will discuss the importance of understanding the need for grief, the stages of grief, as well as coping techniques.

Wednesday, December 15, 11:00 a.m. 
Register through Zoom

Carebridge Onsite Counseling Program at the New Employee Wellness Center
Confidential, in-person counseling sessions through Carebridge, Princeton’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), are available at the new Employee Wellness Center located at 350 Alexander Street. If you would like to speak confidentially with a Carebridge counselor, schedule a free consult on their appointment website.

Personal Life Coaching with Carebridge
Life coaching can assist you in fi­guring out your strengths, your personality, your values, and developing a personal vision to achieve your goals. This benefit offers six free personal life coaching consults, by phone, provided by certified life coaches.

Be kind to your mind! Discover the ways Carebridge, our Employee Assistance Program, can support you and your family.


2021 Annual IRS Contribution Limit for 403(b) Plans

The annual 403(b) contribution limits for 2022 have changed from 2021 and are as follows: If you are under age 50, the annual contribution limit is $20,500. If you are age 50 or older in the calendar year, you may contribute an extra $6,500 “catch-up” contribution, for a total annual contribution limit of $27,000.


CAPTRUST’s number one mission is to connect participants with timely, relevant, and actionable content to help you make smarter financial decisions and ultimately retire with confidence. This benefit is free, completely confidential, and provided by a company that has no products or services to sell you.

CAPTRUST Financial Advisors will be conducting virtual and phone consultations on December 21.

Topics covered in the 45-minute individual advisory sessions include retirement and general financial planning and investment education and advice. Schedule your appointment.

To speak to a counselor about the University’s retirement plan and/or other financial issues, call the Retirement Advice Line at (800) 967-9948. For more information, including articles, videos, and other valuable resources, visit the CAPTRUST website.


Keep your financial goals on track with TIAA’s live webinars, including “Planning for College? Save with a 529 Account” and “Estate Planning Basics.” For the complete listing of this month’s TIAA webinars, visit the registration page.

TIAA offers individual retirement counseling sessions, either online or by phone, which provide in-depth planning assistance. To schedule an appointment, register online.


Isles is dedicated to helping people manage everyday money issues such as budgeting, saving, and reducing debt. They also provide HUD-certified housing counselors who can assist those looking to purchase a first home, as well as those having difficulty meeting their mortgage or rent obligations. Counseling is available in English and Spanish. 

Learn more about the programs and services provided by Isles. 

The Employee Wellness Center @ 350 Alexander is Now Open

In our new space, you’ll find support to help you care for yourself and your family, so you can thrive at work and at home. Whatever challenges you’re facing, help is available. Get more details on the HR website.


For questions about physical or mental wellness resources, contact Lynn Herbine. For financial wellness inquiries, contact Jane Edgar. The Benefits Team is available to assist at (609) 258-3302 or For complete details on all wellness resources and programs, visit the HR website.