NJAAW News and Resources
September 7, 2022
Register Now!
Sept. 15 9:30 am - noon
NJAAW, the Rutgers School of Social Work, The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation and The Grotta Fund for Senior Care are hosting an online opportunity to connect with a range of communities, organizations, networks and projects that are advancing the NJ age-friendly communities movement. Click here to register.

For event details, click here
Aging Insights
Aging Insights is also available as a podcast through our website, Spotify and other podcast apps.!

Driving Safer, Better & Longer

Join NJAAW’s Executive Director Cathy Rowe for this special episode on driving with guests Shani Jarvis, Manager of Public Affairs at AAA Northeast and Brigitte Muehlbauer, Occupational Therapist and Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist.

Driving is more than the means of getting for point A to point B – it is independence and freedom. Jarvis and Muehlbauer discuss strategies and tools to ensure you can drive safely while aging including classes, tools and assistive devices, occupational therapy and online resources. They also discuss plans for “driving retirement” and solutions for transportation when someone decides to give up driving.
Upcoming Events

Parker Life Hosts In-person Lunch & Learn Programs
September 29, 12:00pm
Topic: Using Your Wits
Speaker: Lis Bayer, Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP)
Location: Parker at Somerset, 15 Dellwood Lane, Somerset NJ

We all know that physical fitness is an important component of healthy aging, but did you know that your brain needs a workout too to maintain or improve its performance? Join Parker Life to learn more.

Lunch will be provided. Space is limited. RSVP by Sept 26 to Daniel Carr at (732) 565-2426 or dcarr@parkerlife.org.
AARP Livable Communities Workshop - Housing for People of All Ages
September 21 & 22, 1-4pm
Assistive Technology Summit 2022 - September 22, 2022
8:30 - 3:30 pm
Mercer Community College 

The 2022 AARP Livable Communities Workshop will explore how homes and communities can be livable for people of all ages and life stages. Through four core themes — housing choice, design, stability, and equity — participants in this free, two-day workshop will discuss inclusive, purposeful, and innovative approaches that are central to providing housing to people of all ages and ability levels.
To learn more and register, go to: AARP.org/Livable2022
Join consumers and professionals for a free day of learning and sharing about all areas of Assistive Technology. Sessions will include:   
  • AT Supports for the Classroom 
  • Workplace accommodations 
  • Transition services / strategies 
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication 
  • Smart home technology
….. and much more! 

 For details: click here
New Jersey Division of Taxation announces public outreach series,
“Between the Lines” 
This series offers free tax seminars, workshops, and resource events to help better understand New Jersey taxes and property tax relief programs, including the “Senior Freeze” and other programs benefiting senior citizens. Seminars are currently virtual and registration is required.

For more information, click here: NJ Tax University

For a shareable flyer, click here:

Social Security Offers Online Resources
The Social Security Administration offers information and resources to help residents understand their benefits, answer questions and plan for retirement. This online resource offers residents:
  • Useful news and tips 
  • Blogs to explore several topics related to Social Security benefits. Join in the conversation at blog.ssa.gov. 
  • In-depth information on topics
  • Accurate and easy-to-access information on subjects like Planning for Retirement, Disability, and Medicare. 
  • Access helpful tools and resources
To access the resource page, go to SS Administration Resources
Policy Updates

LTCO Releases New LGBTQI and HIV+ Residents' Rights Brochure 

In response to Bill of Rights for LGBTQI and HIV+ , which took effect in August 2021, the LTCO has created a brochure about the rights of LGBTQI residents and residents living with HIV in New Jersey’s long-term care facilities. 

The brochure lists facility practices that are prohibited under the new law, explains the LGBTQI and HIV+ training that all LTC employees must receive, and provides contact information to file complaints. 
The brochure is available in English: English pdf
Spanish : Spanish pdf

A text version that can be translated into multiple languages is also available. For more information go to:

or email outreach@ltco.nj.gov  
Professional Development and Education
The E4 Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Disparities in Aging, in partnership with CATCH-ON, the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program based at Rush, and the Rush Center for Excellence in Aging, has developed an online educational program that provides basic knowledge every mental health clinician needs to work effectively with older adults. 
For more information, click here
Webinar: Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed Program Evaluation
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 1:00pm ET.  
The JFNA Center on Holocaust Survivor Care and Institute on Aging and Trauma is holding a webinar called Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed Program Evaluation: Principles, Practices, and Strategies. 

Person-centered, trauma-informed (PCTI) program evaluation is a methodology that recognizes the likely history of trauma in program participants and actively strives to avoid retraumatization in all aspects of an evaluation's data collection and utilization. This webinar will discuss the principles of PCTI program evaluation and examine a PCTI evaluation planning tool with examples from 2 agencies, Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst and Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia. 
To register, click here: Registration
Questions? contact aging@jewishfederations.org 
To see NJAAW’s Aging Insights episode on PCTI, click here:
Creative Aging Initiative Guidelines Now Open   

The NJ State Council on the Arts has recently released the guidelines for their Creative Aging Initiative (CAI) grant program. The CAI grant provides $10,000 to eligible arts organizations, libraries, veterans homes, and senior and community centers to cover costs for two 8-day residencies for New Jersey seniors/aging adults. 
The deadline to apply is September 29, 2022.
For more information, click here: CAI Guidelines

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