LeadingAge New Jersey Annual Meeting & EXPO
Caesars Hotel Atlantic City
June 11 - June 13, 2019

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Sponsorship Opportunities

LeadingAge New Jersey's Annual Meeting and EXPO is the premier event for mission driven providers of high quality health care, housing and services for seniors. Our members come to our annual meeting to find life changing products & services for their residents and clients and we connect you face to face with senior level leaders who purchase hundreds of thousands of dollars of goods and services annually.

For more details, view the 2019 Sponsorship Opportunities file:  Sponsorship Opportunities 2019

For more information on the event view the:  2019 Exhibitor Prospectus

News & Updates
Last week, LeadingAge NJ rallied with LeadingAge National and hundreds on the lawn of Capitol Hill to expand and preserve affordable housing for older adults. There was a great turnout and we thank all of those who attended. 

LSMNJ is a GREAT PLACE TO WORK Certified Company
(BURLINGTON, NJ) - Lutheran Social Ministries of NJ is pleased to announce that it is officially a GREAT PLACE TO WORK Certified company. Employees from all of the communities under the LSMNJ umbrella shared insight into the deep sense of pride and purpose they feel within their unique roles in the organization. They reported that their work has special meaning, it's not "just a job" and that they feel a sense of pride when reflecting on their contributions.
"As a company that provides hospitality, healing, and hope to residents of New Jersey, LSMNJ is proud to employ such talented and kindhearted team members. Becoming a Great Place to Work Certified company is a true reflection of our dedicated staff and the quality of care that we provide those we serve," expressed Krista Jacobs, Vice President of Human Resources at LSMNJ.
LSMNJ's programs serve New Jersey residents in a number capacities including; providing affordable family & senior housing, senior care, hospice care, integrated English-as-a-Second language and civics education for immigrants and long-term support for those impacted by natural disasters. All of these efforts stem from the organization's mission statement to "serve those who hurt, who are in need, or who have limited choices."
Interested in joining LSMNJ's skilled team of professionals? 

Visit the careers page for all open positions, www.lsmnj.org/careers 
About Lutheran Social Ministries of NJ:

Built on more than a century of grace-filled service, Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey (LSMNJ) continues its mission as a not-for-profit organization to serve residents statewide who hurt, who are in need, or who have limited choices-regardless of religious background or affiliation. 

For more information about LSMNJ, we invite you to tour our website https://www.lsmnj.org  or call 609-386-7171.


Mark Maccaroni Named Fitness Manager
at Bridgewater Retirement Community
BRIDGEWATER, New Jersey - Laurel Circlehas hired Mark Maccaroni as its fitness manager, overseeing physical training and exercise programs for the senior living community's 200 residents.
"Resident health and wellness continue to be a primary focus for us, and Mark has extensive experience that will be a strong asset to the community," said Brian Alexopoulos, executive director at Laurel Circle. "We're excited to have him on board and are certain his contributions will be invaluable."
Maccaroni previously worked at URGE Fitness, a Ewing, New Jersey, gym and fitness center, where he served as director of fitness. Before URGE, he was a personal trainer at New Jersey Athletic Club in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, and a strength and conditioning coach at Elite Athletics in Hamilton, New Jersey. 
"Laurel Circle intrigued me because it provides an opportunity where I can have a positive impact on people not only physically, but also intellectually, spiritually and socially," said Maccaroni. "I've spent my professional career training athletes ranging from youth to professional, and I'm looking forward to applying the knowledge I've gained through the years toward active aging."
Maccaroni holds a bachelor's degree in health and exercise science from The College of New Jersey in Ewing, New Jersey. He's a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Located at 100 Monroe Street in Bridgewater, New Jersey, Laurel Circle is a full-service senior living community offering an active, independent lifestyle. This includes residential living apartments and villas for independent living and a continuum of health services at The Arbor at Laurel Circle, the community's on-site health center. For more information about Laurel Circle, visit LaurelCircleLCS.com  or call 908-595-6500.


  • Assistant Administrator- Skilled Nursing Services

For more information, contact Amy Greenbaum, Association Services Coordinator at :
AGreenbaum@leadingagenj.org or call the LeadingAge New Jersey office at (609) 452-1161.  
Policy & Advocacy
The Briefing
A-1271 passed the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee
On Monday, May 13, 2019 James McCracken testified in favor of the bill. Sponsored by Assemblypersons Tucker, Sumter and Pinkin, the bill establishes procedures to prevent and eradicate bedbug infestations in certain residential properties.

     TRENTON - Legislation sponsored by Senator Troy Singleton, Senator Richard Codey and Senator Joseph Vitale, which would establish requirements concerning the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, and intersex residents in long-term care facilities, passed the Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee today.

     "Older members of the LGBTQI community have significant concerns about being discriminated against as they age, especially when seeking long-term care services and support," said Senator Troy Singleton (D-Burlington). "Our aging population deserves to know that their civil rights will be protected, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity."

     "This is a civil rights issue, plain and simple," said Senator Codey (Essex / Morris). "If this bill becomes law, we will join California as the only other state to protect the rights of LGBTQI resident in long-term care facilities, where we will be an example for other states across the country."

     "Discrimination will not go away on its own. Therefore, we need to address issues of discrimination with the LGBTQ community head on," said Senator Vitale (D-Middlesex). "New Jersey should and can lead to protect the rights of our residents."

     The bill, 
S3484 , would establish certain requirements concerning the rights of residents of long-term care facilities who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, or intersex.

     Specifically, the bill would prohibit a long-term care facility, or staff at the facility, to take actions based in whole or in part on a person's actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) status, including denying admission to a long-term care facility, transfer or refuse to transfer a resident within a facility, or discharge, evict a resident from a facility, or deny a request by residents to share a room.

     All facilities would be required to prominently post a notice stating that the facility does not discriminate and does not permit discrimination. This would include bullying, abuse, or harassment, on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or HIV status. It would also be based on association with another individual on account of that individual's actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or HIV status.

     The bill was released from committee by a vote of 8-1. 

Sponsors of 'Linda's Law" Lopez, Mukherji, Pintor Marin, DeAngelo,
Kennedy, Swain Issue Joint Statement

     (TRENTON) - To ensure all of the necessary steps are taken to protect medically vulnerable residents depending on electric medical devices from electric utility discontinuance, legislation was advanced today by the Assembly Telecommunications Committee.

bill ( A4430  /  A4555 ), sponsored by Assembly Democrats Yvonne Lopez, Raj Mukherji, Eliana Pintor Marin, Wayne DeAngelo, James Kennedy and Lisa Swain creates a verification system whereby an electric public utility will request from each residential customer information regarding the use of life-sustaining equipment powered by electricity at the customer's residence. The measure also prohibits the electric public utility from discontinuing service to a medical customer for utility bill nonpayment if the customer's medical condition would be aggravated by a discontinuance of electric service.

     The sponsors issued the following statement on Monday:

     "It is clear that more needs to be done to ensure that those depending on electricity for their medical device do not experience a shut-off in their home. We need to ensure that electric public utilities have a comprehensive system to not only track but also meet the needs of their medically dependent customers. We know that BPU regulations consider temperature as well as other factors prior to ordering a shut-off, however the health of our most vulnerable populations must also be made a priority factor in determining a discontinuation of service."

     The measure is in response to the death of Newark resident Linda Daniels who in July of 2018 passed when her electric oxygen machine lost power after her electricity was disconnected. Daniel's case is still under investigation by the BPU.

     The bill will now go to the Assembly Speaker for further consideration.


     (TRENTON) - With the goal of reducing influenza cases in New Jersey, the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee on Monday approved legislation (
A1576 ) sponsored by Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway (D-Burlington) and Thomas Giblin (D-Essex, Passaic) to require certain health care facilities to offer, and for workers to receive, annual flu vaccinations.

     Conaway and Giblin released the following statements:

     Assemblyman Conaway (chair of the Health committee): "As a physician, I cannot overstate the importance of getting an annual flu shot. It's even more vital for health care workers who come in contact with ill people each day to get vaccinated. The flu is a very serious disease with high rates of morbidity and mortality. We must protect our most vulnerable populations - including health care professionals and their patients - from catching and spreading the flu."

     Assemblyman Giblin: "Annual flu vaccinations have been recommended for health care providers by the Center for Disease Control since 1981. However, only 78.4 percent of health care workers in the U.S. reported receiving the flu vaccine during the 2017-18 seasons. Requiring health care providers to get the flu shot each year will potentially help reduce cases of the flu in hospitals, care facilities and the greater community."

New Jersey Enacts Death with Dignity Law
By: Divya Srivastav-Seth, Esq.

New Jersey health care providers should be aware that a new state law will allow mentally capable, terminally ill adults to get a doctor's prescription for the self-administration of medication which would result in the patient's peaceful death. The law, entitled the "Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act" (A1504/S1072)("Act"), will go into effect on August 1, 2019.
In order to obtain the prescription, the patient must be terminally ill, over 18 years old, reside in New Jersey and have the capacity to make an informed request for the medication. 

The Act defines "terminally ill" as the terminal stage of an irreversibly fatal illness, disease or condition with a prognosis, based upon reasonable medical certainty, of a life expectancy of six (6) months or less.  The patient's condition, diagnosis and capacity to make the request must be reviewed and agreed upon by both the attending physician, who the Act defines as the physician who has primary responsibility for the patient's treatment and care, and a qualified consulting physician.  

The attending physician is responsible for informing the patient of the risks associated with taking the medication and the probable result.  The attending physician must also discuss alternative or concurrent treatment opportunities, including palliative, hospice care and pain control, and recommend that next of kin be notified of the request.  If the attending or the consulting physician believes that the patient is suffering from a psychiatric or psychological disorder that impairs judgment, they must refer the patient to a mental health professional to determine if the patient is capable of making this decision.  

Due to the sensitive and final nature of the choice involved, the Act provides that certain safeguards be met for the prescription request to be processed.  First, the patient must make a total of three (3) requests, two (2) of which are oral and made at least 15 days apart and one (1) of which is written.  Next, the written request must be in substantial accord with the version of the form set forth in the Act, which includes the patient's statement requesting the physician to provide the prescription so that "I may self-administer to end my life in a humane and dignified manner and to contact any pharmacist as necessary to fill the prescription."

Also, the written request must be witnessed by at least two (2) witnesses who can attest that the patient's decision is informed and voluntary.  A witness cannot be anyone related to or in a position to benefit from the death of the patient.  The Act also prohibits the attending physician, or the owner, operator or employee of a health care facility, unless it is a long term care facility where the patient is receiving treatment or is a resident, from acting as witnesses.

Finally, at least 48 hours must elapse between the attending physician's receipt of the patient's written request and the writing of a prescription, and at least 15 days must have elapsed between the initial oral request and the prescription.  The attending physician must specifically offer the patient an opportunity to rescind the decision when the second oral request is made, but the patient can change his or her decision at any time without any inquiry as to his or her state of mind.  Once the compliant request is duly made and processed, the attending physician may dispense the medication directly, or if the patient consents in writing, transmit the prescription to a pharmacist for the patient or the patient's representative to pick up directly from the pharmacy. The Act specifically requires that the attending physician keep appropriate medical records and documentation verifying compliance with these requirements.

The health care provider is not obligated to carry out the patient's request and may refuse without penalty as long as all relevant medical records are made readily available to any provider to whom the patient may then decide to transfer for treatment.  The law also protects providers and persons participating in the compliant request from civil or criminal liability for assisted suicide, suicide, mercy killing or elder abuse, unless the acts or omissions involved constitute gross negligence, willful misconduct or recklessness.  All relevant licensing authorities are also directed to review their rules and regulations to ensure that a provider's participation does not affect the licenses of those health care facilities and professionals who either respond to or refuse the patient's compliant request.  In order to protect patients from becoming victims, the Act also establishes that the falsification or forgery of a request for the prescription of medication, or the exertion of undue influence on the patient to request the medication, will be considered a crime.  The Act also protects the patient's voluntary decisionmaking by prohibiting insurance policies, annuities and wills from including conditions or restrictions based on the request for medication.

State agencies have been authorized to take any anticipatory administrative action necessary to implement the Act, so further regulatory activity is expected prior to the August 1, 2019 effective date.

For more information relating to providers, contact Divya Srivastav-Seth at dss@spsk.com or 973-540-7855, or any member of the Health Care Law Group.  For more information relating to individual patients, contact any member of the Trusts and Estates Practice Group.