NJAAW News and Resources
October 5, 2022
Age-Friendly Virtual Fair Recordings Now Available
The Age-Friendly Virtual Fair on September 15 was attended by 260+ people dedicated to expanding age-friendly efforts here in the Garden State. Recordings and descriptions of the 32 table presentations are now available to view at Virtual Fair

See our blog on the virtual fair by clicking here
Medicare Open Enrollment Period
The Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Period opens
October 15 and ends December 7
Aging Insights
Bringing Back the Housecall

Physician house calls and home visits are on the rise - along with in home dental services. Join us with guests Dr Evan Rubin, from Visiting Physicians Services and Dr Lindsay Rubin from Dental Home Services to learn about the complete range of services they offer patients in the safety and comfort of their home.

Aging Insights is also available as a podcast through our website, Spotify and other podcast apps.
Upcoming Events
Free webinar
The Not-So-Hidden Costs of Aging: The Importance of Long-Term Care Planning
Thursday, October 27, 3-4 PM

October is Long-Term Care Planning Month. The month creates awareness among older adults and their families to better understand and prepare for the long-term costs of healthcare for adults. Unfortunately, this is not something that people plan for, and many are unaware that most insurance plans do not cover long-term non-medical care and assistance for senior citizens and their daily activities.

Join us as we partner with NASW-NJ and a panel of long-term care experts, to provide information about how you can prepare for the long-term care needs of aging family members and your own needs. Panelists include representatives from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the NJ Hospital Association and a financial services organization.

To register for this event, click here: Register
In-person and Virtual Programming
Registration is required for all programs. Click the event “register” link, visit alz.org/crf or call the 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 to ensure your spot today.

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Awareness: Community Information Session with Middlesex and Neighboring County Residents (in-person)In partnership with the National Association of Hispanic Nurses NJ Chapter 
Hosted by Middlesex County College 
2600 Woodbridge Avenue | Edison, NJ 08818 
Saturday, October 8 | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Register

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s (virtual) 
Hosted by Atlantic Health System 
Tuesday, October 19 | 12 to 1 p.m. Register
10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s—Spanish Language (virtual) 
Hosted by Atlantic Health System 
Monday, October 24 | 12 to 1 p.m. Register

Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: Early Stage, Part 1 (in-person) 
Hosted by Mahwah Senior Center 
375 Corporate Drive | Mahwah, NJ 07430 
Thursday, October 27 | 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Register
Property Tax Reduction Programs for Seniors 
The Senior Freeze program reimburses eligible seniors and disabled residents for increases in their property taxes or mobile home fees. The 2021 Senior Freeze Applications are due October 31, 2022. 
For more information visit: Senior Freeze

The new Affordable New Jersey Communities for Homeowners and Renters 
(ANCHOR) program replaces the “Homestead Benefit and provides property tax relief to New Jersey residents who owned or rented their principal residence on October 1, 2019, and meet the income limits. The new ANCHOR program provides up to $1,500 in property tax relief for eligible homeowners, and $450 for eligible renters. The deadline for filing is December 30th, 2022. 

For more information visit: ANCHOR program
NJ DHS Announces Project Healthy Bones Training 
Project Healthy Bones (PHB) is a 24–week exercise and educational program for adults with or at risk for osteoporosis. The goal of PHB is to reduce falls and fractures by improving posture, balance, strength, and flexibility, and by encouraging a bone-healthy lifestyle. 

For more information contact: Heather Taylor at 609-438-4798 or Heather.Taylor@dhs.nj.gov. REGISTER BY: OCTOBER 11, 2022 
  • Monday, October 17th
  • Tuesday, October 18th  
  • Day 1: 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Day 2: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
*LC Cross-Training 1:30 PM- 3:30 PM
Pfeiffer Community Center
301 Blue Bell Road Williamstown, NJ 08094 

To download flyer click here:
SilverBills Study
SilverBills offers support to older adults and their caregivers to review and make sure bills are paid accurately and on time, monitor for fraudulent charges and create monthly budgets. SilverBills currently partners with Bergen County and will soon launch in Middlesex County to help residents at no cost.  
SilverBills also has a grant from the National Institutes of Heath and the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging at the University
of Denver Health to provide free bill management service for one year to caregivers for someone with Alzheimer's or Dementia if they participate in a study consisting of 2 questionnaires. 
For details on the program, click here: SilverBills Flyer
Policy Updates

2022 National Strategy to
Support Family Caregivers Report

The 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers was created to support family caregivers of all ages. It was developed jointly by the advisory councils created by the RAISE Family Caregiving Act and the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act, with extensive input from the public. The strategy will be open for public comment for 60 days beginning on October 1 until November 30. To view the report, click here: Caregiver report

 To receive a link to the comment portal, subscribe to the ACL updates here: ACL subscribe

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

SHA-NJ Presents the Integrated Community Project Toolkit
The Integrated Community Project (ICP) Toolkit For Municipalities is a new resource from the Supportive Housing Association of NJ. The Toolkit is designed to help local communities to increase their community involvement for individuals with physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities, mental illness, in substance abuse recovery, who are aging, and/or who have experienced homelessness. The Toolkit is a comprehensive set of resources, best practices, and strategies for municipalities and community leaders to better engage people with disabilities and barriers in every aspect of community life. Municipalities interested in meeting virtually to participate in the ICP's Self-Assessment and/or learn more about how to use the Toolkit can contact Kate Kelly, the Integrated Community Project Manager at Kate.kelly@shanj.org .
To download the Toolkit, click here: Toolkit
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