Register for our  2018 Golf & Tennis Classic at Cherry Valley Country Club (Winner of the 2016 Club of the Year Award from the New Jersey Golf Foundation), in Skillman, New Jersey. 

  • *Hole-in-One $20,000 Grand Prize*
  • Longest Drive (Male/Female)
  • Closest to the Pin (Male/Female)
  • 1st Place Team
Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsor the  Golf & Tennis Classic and showcase your company front and center before industry colleagues, friends and stakeholders.  Several levels of sponsorship are still available! 
Not a golfer?  No problem!  

We are offering our first-ever Tennis Clinic with Cherry Valley Tennis Director Keith Pierson.  Come and learn the basics as well as round robin play all day!

Tournament Information
  • 10:00 am - Registration & Brunch
  • 12:00 pm - Shotgun Start (Scramble Format) 
  • 5:00 pm - Cocktail Reception, contest awards
Registration is OPEN!
Contact Amy Greenbaum  at 609-452-1161 or
LGBT Aging: Opportunities and Awareness

Thursday, October 18, 2018
10:00 am - 11:00 am


LeadingAge New Jersey and the New Jersey Hospital Association have teamed up with Assurant Learning & Performance Solutions, LLC and SAGE, the nation's oldest and largest organization advocating for LGBT older adults to offer members a complimentary webinar. 

We look forward to having you join us for this initial learning session which will serve as a springboard for additional opportunities for advancing organizations' role in serving older adults. 

  • Marketing and Census Benefits - New Jersey currently has limited LGBT friendly housing options for older adults. Increasing your capacity and earning a SAGECare Credential will provide direct marketing opportunities for your organization.
  • Health Outcomes for LGBT Older Adults - Review of research on LGBT older adults, including health outcomes and quality of life issues.
  • Regulatory Implications - An overview of the nursing home Requirements of Participation (ROPs) that specifically address culturally competent care and protections for LGBT residents. 
  • SAGECare Credentialing - Program and cost information on LGBT Aging Training that will result in being listed on the SAGE Website and the use of the SAGECare credential at your facility and on marketing materials. 
  • Dr. Tim R. Johnston is the Director of National Projects at SAGE. He is responsible for directing SAGE's national training initiatives, developing training curricula and providing consulting services to both aging and LGBT service providers. In addition to training, he oversees key national grants and projects, such as SAGE's National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, the U.S. Administration for Community Living's Senior Medicare Patrol Integration project, and elements of SAGE's National LGBT Elder Housing Initiative. 
  • Ms. Deborah Ward, Managing Principal of Assurant Learning & Performance Solutions (ALPS) provides technical leadership for this project. Ms. Ward is a certified trainer, instructional designer with over 18 years' experience in learning & human performance. Ms. Ward has managed nationwide training programs and designed and delivered training for several Federal and State agencies including, the CMS Survey and Certification Group (SCG) Surveyor Training Program; the Office of the Medicaid Ombudsman and the State of Mississippi.
Please note:  The program is complimentary but registration is required. 

News & Updates
We are committed to keeping you up to date with news, updates and information that will help you and your organization thrive.  
Donate to Support Disaster Relief
From Katie Smith Sloan, President & CEO

LeadingAge | September 2018
While it might feel like déjà vu for many of us watching another devastating hurricane from afar, the reality for thousands of people on the east coast is anything but. Over the weekend, Hurricane Florence delivered a punishing amount of rain resulting in historic levels of flooding in many locations across the Carolinas.

We have connected with our state executives from North and South Carolina to stay on top of news from LeadingAge members who might have been impacted. While final assessment of damage isn't yet known, we are certain that communities and staff will be affected.

I am writing to you today to appeal for your support as you have done countless times before for fellow members in need.   Please consider a donation to the LeadingAge Disaster Relief Fund to help offset costs associated with damage from Hurricane Florence. 100% of all donations will go directly to member organizations and their staff to cover a range of needs including basics supplies such as food and water. All donations are tax-deductible.

If you are donating on behalf of your organization, please include the organization's name in the 'Send special instructions to LeadingAge' form field after you click on the Donate button. If you plan to collect individual contributions from staff and residents, please consider collecting at your community and making one donation.
Last year, thanks to more than 1,000 donations from member organizations and people around the country, we raised more than $680,000 to help those affected by hurricanes, mudslides, and wildfires.  If you'd like to make a donation by check, please make it payable to LeadingAge and send to:

2519 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
Attn: Jody Moeller

If you have any questions, please contact  Tessa Atkinson-Adams at 

Thank you in advance for your consideration and generosity. I have already received several inquiries about how you can help, and am humbled, as I so frequently am, with LeadingAge members' unwavering commitment to one another.

Warm regards,

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Releases Earned Sick Leave Rules

September 13, 2018

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development has published proposed rules that would implement the new earned sick leave rules that goes into effect on October 29, 2018.

On May 2, Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law the New Jersey Earned Sick and Safe Days Act and makes New Jersey the tenth state, in addition to the District of Columbia, to offer these benefits.  The new law requires all employers to provide paid sick days to their workers; employees will be able to accrue one hour of earned sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to 40 hours annually; 40 hours of paid leave can be carried forward from one year to the next, and the employer may provide an offer to an employee the ability to payout unused but accrued sick leave in the final month of the employee's benefit year. The employee must choose, no later than ten (10) calendar days from the offer whether to accept or decline the offer, or alternatively, accept a partial payout (50%) and carry-over the remaining, provided employees do not carry-over more than 40 hours.

Download the Pamphlet Law by clicking here.

LeadingAge New Jersey advocated tirelessly in Trenton for amendments.  We were successful at achieving an amendment to the legislation that exempted per-diem healthcare employees licensed in New Jersey and employed by a healthcare facility licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH).

The rule proposal is available  online. A public hearing on the rule will be held at 10:00 a.m., November 13 in the Labor Department's auditorium, 1 John Fitch Plaza, Trenton. 
House Passes Legislation to Increase PACE Availability by Mandating Final Rule

National PACE Association | September 12, 2018

The U.S. House of Representatives took decisive action to address the needs of an increasing number of American families who are straining to provide long-term care to loved ones by passing the Comprehensive Care for Seniors Act (H.R. 6561). 

The updated PACE regulations are expected to facilitate the process of PACE organizations contracting with community primary care providers, customize the interdisciplinary team for each enrollee, and streamline the delivery of services outside the enrollee's home or PACE center. 

  Click here to read the full article.
Recent Advocacy Accomplishments

LeadingAge | September 2018

LeadingAge, the trusted voice for aging, represents the full spectrum of services people come to need as they age. Our members provide the choice in aging services that consumers and policy-makers increasingly seek out.

Advocacy on nursing home regulations
Nursing Home Survey and Certification / Certified Nursing Assistant Training
Nursing home staffing reporting
Payroll-Based Journal System
Skilled nursing facility quality reporting program
Long-term services and supports regulation
Patients Over Paperwork Initiative

Medicare payment rates
Long-term services and supports financing
Observation days

Center for Workforce Solutions
Teens operating patient lifts

Full-Funding of Renewal Contracts
Expansion of affordable housing stock
Preservation of existing affordable housing stock
Maximizing the operation of affordable housing

Private Activity Bonds and Medical Expense Tax Deduction

Managed Care
Long-term services and supports

Money Follows the Person reauthorization/EMPOWER Act
Resident Life

Click here to download the full report.
Filling the Care Gap Reports

Foreign-born nurses and personal care assistants make up an increasingly significant percentage of workers in the field of long-term services and supports (LTSS) around the world.

Three new research reports from the Global Ageing Network and the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston present a profile of foreign-born LTSS workers, explore global migration patterns and policies, identify the benefits that foreign-born LTSS workers bring to their organizations, explore the challenges associated with hiring these workers, and present strategies to successfully address those challenges. 

Download the full reports below. 

LeadingAge New Jersey Career Corner

LeadingAge New Jersey Career Corner is a service that features employers and job postings in the aging services industry. Let our Career Corner help you expand your exposure by advertising open opportunities and broadcasting your postings to a wider job seeker audience.
Current Job Openings
For more information, contact Amy Greenbaum, Association Services Coordinator  at or call 609-452-1161.  
Policy & Advocacy
We are your voice, advocating for you collectively and individually.  Our goal is to ensure that our members' best interests are advanced at all levels of government.  
Not just nursing homes' problem

Opinion by Katie Smith Sloan | The Hill 
September 12, 2018

Lawmakers' current focus on and investigation into abuse and neglect in nursing homes, while well-intentioned, threatens to derail ongoing efforts to improve the quality of care for older adults nationwide.

Let me be clear: neither I nor any member of the association I lead, would for a minute argue against nursing home regulation or of righting wrongs in the administration and management of nursing homes. We make no apology or excuses for poor quality of care. Errors should be fixed. Improvements are imperative.

What we urge lawmakers and the public to recognize is that solutions have been put in to place to correct problems now under scrutiny. Whether at hearings, such as last week's  Energy & Commerce subcommittee hearing , "Examining Federal Efforts to Ensure Quality of Care and Resident Safety in Nursing Homes," or through investigations, such as the  OIG's probe into CMS' oversight of nursing home staffing standards , a consistent emphasis on failures of operation, without consideration of the context in which providers operate could very well result in poor policy decisions.

To be sure, the  deaths of residents at the Hollywood Hills nursing home in Florida last year, a much-discussed topic at the Sept. 6 House committee hearing, never should have happened. It was a preventable tragedy. Shortly afterward, CMS finalized a requirement that all nursing homes have disaster preparedness plans in place. The regulations are very detailed, and state surveyors -- the employees charged with ensuring that nursing homes follow CMS dictates -- will penalize providers that do not comply with requirements.

Let's move forward. When considering how to right wrongs, in the case of natural disasters, policymakers would be wise to explore the interplay of municipalities and public leaders with nursing homes. Some of our members, nonprofit skilled nursing facilities, report that as they've implemented their plans, they've encountered difficulty in getting cooperation from the state and local agencies that are crucial partners in order to protect or transport seniors in the event of a disaster. How might elected officials encourage collaboration to help us all achieve a desired goal -- the safety of our older adults? Consider that, nearly one year after Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc in Florida,  none of the more than 1,000 nursing homes and assisted living facilities in South Florida are on Florida Power & Light's highest priority list for power restoration. Nursing homes must be given the same priority in restoration of utility and other services that is given to hospitals in order to ensure residents' safety and security. Older adults deserve no less.

On nursing home staffing, a second topic of lawmaker and media interest, understaffing and inaccurate reporting are issues that must be addressed. Our members advocated for improvements to the old approach of self-reporting staffing data. We worked side by side with CMS and other stakeholders to create a better approach. With the rollout of self-reporting's replacement, PBJ, glitches and errors have occurred. We expect these issues will be resolved, and in a relatively short time, the reporting process and data output will be better than it was before. That's good news.

Finally, lawmakers investigating CMS' efficacy in nursing home oversight would be well-served to look not just at whether regulations, such as RoPs, are being imposed, but whether the state agencies charged with overseeing enforcement of CMS rules have the resources required to do their jobs. Look hard. The unevenness of surveyors findings and enforcement actions taken by state surveyors is well documented. State survey agencies are frequently short staffed, and turnover at these agencies is often rampant, which means that those responsible for surveying nursing homes may have neither the training nor the experience to know what they are seeing and whether conditions comply with federal standards and requirements. To those lawmakers interested in improving CMS' output, we urge ensuring that a state's nursing home Medicaid reimbursement levels and the funding of its survey agency is part of the annual CMS approval process for state Medicaid plans. CMS should ensure that reimbursement rates are sufficient to cover staffing and other essential costs of complying with federal quality standards and whether the state is investing sufficient resources in its survey agency. Approval of a state's Medicaid plan should be contingent on these factors.

No question: nursing home operation is complicated. It is important to recognize that nursing homes generally -- not only LeadingAge's members -- work hard to provide the highest quality of care and services to their residents. We all must recognize that achieving high quality requires a commitment of federal and state resources into the provision of care and the agencies called upon to enforce standards. Recognize that substantial progress has been achieved in the decades since the Nursing Home Reform Act was enacted. Recognize that a continual drumbeat of negativity about nursing homes and the people who work in them makes it ever harder for nursing homes to attract and retain capable and talented people. Each of us is aging. This is not someone else's problem. It is every one of ours.

Katie Smith Sloan is President and CEO of LeadingAge, the association of nonprofit providers of aging services.