NJAAW News and Resources
June 1, 2022
24th Annual Conference
"Building an Age-Friendly Ecosystem - Bringing the 4Ms and 8 Domains to NJ"
June 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

This is it -- our last newsletter before our conference on June 13.

With 40 presenters and panelists, 2 keynote speakers, 10 breakout sessions and a robust group of sponsors and exhibitors, this promises to be one of our best conferences ever. 

And, it will proceed in person. Thanks to all of you who have submitted your proof of vaccination; we are moving ahead with plans to see you live, in 3-D, no screens!

  • For the day’s line up and to register, click here.

  • To see the line up of our speakers, click here.

  • And don’t forget: Parker Health Group, Inc., cordially invites all NJAAW conference attendees to a post-conference networking event, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., at the new Parker at Somerset, a state-of-the-art Post-Acute Rehabilitation Center and their unique household model of skilled nursing care. The event includes a cocktail reception, tours of the community and rehabilitation center, and a meet-and-greet with Parker at Somerset’s leadership team. Location: 15 Dellwood Lane, Somerset, NJ (a short drive from the Hyatt Regency). RSVP here by June 9 or call 732-565-2423.
  • If you have not yet submitted your proof of vaccination, please click here or email a photo of it to CRowe@njaaw.org.To comply with HIPAA guidelines, all records of vaccination status will be destroyed after the conference.
Essential Jobs, Essential Care NJ Convening

We are pleased to report that 50+ stakeholders attended the first Essential Jobs, Essential Care PHI NJ convening on May 23 and 24. This initiative -- under a partnership between NJAAW and PHI National and funded by The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation -- is bringing together representatives from a wide range of providers and services in NJ for a common goal: to increase and improve the direct care workforce.

This workforce, which includes Certified Home Health Aides, Certified Nursing Assistants and Direct Support Professionals, provides essential care to thousands of NJ residents in their homes, community settings and in-patient facilities.

With our aging population, we know the need will increase just as the workforce is shrinking. We understand that these are challenging jobs with low wages and often limited benefits. So, we are committed to building a strategic road map for recruiting, training and retaining direct care workers that will benefit all New Jerseyans, both now and in the future.

If you work with the direct care workforce or are a health care or service provider that depends on them, please consider joining this coalition. Information can be found here.

If you are interested in joining the coalition or have suggestions for topics to address, please email CRowe@njaaw.org.
Aging Insights TV Episode 128 – “Meet the FreeWalkers”
Thousands of older (and younger) New Jersey residents are walking for physical activity, but with a twist: they are going the distance.
On “Meet the FreeWalkers,” the 128th Episode of Aging Insights TV, host Cathy Rowe, DrPH, gains insights on endurance walking from members of one NJ group whose mission is “To advance the health and well-being of the public by educating, motivating and challenging people to participate in long-distance walking events.”
Aging Insights, now in its 11th year, is produced by NJ Advocates for Aging Well with Piscataway Community Television (PCTV).
Founded a dozen years ago by Paul Kiczek of Morristown, and now under the direction of Risa Olinsky of Maplewood, FreeWalkers (freewalkers.org) hosts upwards of 50 events each year that range from a few to over 60+ miles, inside and outside of the Garden State.

Aging Insights can be viewed above, on NJAAW’s website at njaaw.org, YouTube channel at youtube.com/njadvocatesforagingwell and public-access stations across NJ (check local listings for channels and times).
"Aging Insights" TV Wins JAG Awards
We are pleased to announce that our monthly half-hour TV program, “Aging Insights,” was recognized with a silver certificate in the “Talk Show” category of the recent Jersey Access Group (JAG) Awards, and earned top honors in a special nonprofit submissions category. JAG is a professional organization that unites municipalities, access channels, non-profits and content providers in a mission to improve communications to their communities. Host and Producer Cathy Rowe, DrPH, and Executive Producer Sue Brooks, acknowledged the creativity and dedication of Piscataway Community Television -- their longtime partners in production -- and the support of JAG member stations airing "Aging Insights." Their gratitude also extends to generous funders and viewers like you.
2022 NJ World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Programs

Elder Abuse Awareness Day Event 

Join NJAAW and the New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers for an interactive presentation on Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15, from noon to 1 p.m. Speaker Peter Jacob, MSW, LSW, is the Coordinator of Project CEASSE (Combating Elder Abuse through Supportive Services and Education) at Jewish Family Service of Central NJ in Elizabeth. This event is free but registration is required here
Live Performance of Breaking the Silence: Voices of Hope

In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, NJ’s Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor is hosting a live performance of Breaking the Silence: Voices of Hope by Kelsey McCabe Shibilia on June 15 at 10:30 a.m. This performance is being live-streamed on the New Jersey Office of Attorney General YouTube channel
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