NJAAW News and Resources
December 7, 2022
Welcome to the Holidays, 2022
For ideas for the older people in your life, check out last year's Aging Insights Holiday Special
For a gift or for yourself, spend New Year's Eve with Lillian Boxfish as she reflects on a life well lived. Podcast available by clicking here: podcast
Support NJAAW in End-of-year Giving

Donate Your myWalgreens Cash Rewards to NJAAW
NJAAW is participating in the myWalgreens donation program! You can donate your myWalgreens cash rewards to NJAAW thru February 28, 2023.

At Walgreens, you’ll earn unlimited 1% Walgreens Cash rewards when you shop and you can choose how much to donate. It’s that easy. Whether you’d like to contribute $1, $5, or more of your Walgreens Cash rewards you’ll be making a big difference. It really adds up! 
Support NJAAW Directly
NJAAW is the only nonprofit dedicated solely to issues affecting older adults in New Jersey. NJAAW provides leadership in public policy and education to enable New Jersey's older adults to live with independence and dignity in their communities. As we close out 2022 and prepare for our 25th anniversary in 2023, we hope you will consider supporting us as we make New Jersey the state where everyone can age well.

Thank you
Aging Insights
Episode 134: Fighting Senior Fraud
‘Tis the season. As many of us are busy preparing for Holidays and making important decisions for next year, scammers and fraud schemes are busy trying to take advantage of older adults.

In this episode of Aging Insights, learn how to Fight Senior Fraud with our special guests, Christine Newman and Charles Clarkson. Christine is the Director of Community Outreach and Volunteer Engagement for AARP New Jersey. Charles is the Project Director for Senior Medicare Patrol of NJ.

Learn how con artists try to get people to act from a sense of emotion, fear and intimidation, and how you can resist. Christine and Charles highlight ways to change the narrative and stop victim blaming. Fraud is a complex, highly sophisticated crime strategy that can be stopped and needs to be reported.

Remember that information is valuable, so listen in to learn how to take steps to empower yourself to fight fraud this year.
Aging Insights is also available as a podcast through our website: https://www.njaaw.org/aging-insights/podcast/, Spotify and your favorite podcast apps.
Free Virtual Tour of Christmas Paris!
December 14, 10-11 a.m. ET
As virtual events have grown in the past 2 years, the possibilities for activities and engagement have really opened up for older adults. Join us to learn about virtual travel with a special online trip, "Christmas Paris." This virtual tour, designed by JoinPro for New Jersey Advocates for Aging Well, will explore Paris with a designated local tour guide. Learn about the virtual travel options JoinPro can plan for your senior center or residence. Join our magic trip to Christmas Paris when the city of lights is lit even brighter by thousands of twinkling bulbs.

Space is limited. Reserve your tickets by December 5 by clicking here:

Ask Your COVID-19 Vaccine/Booster Questions

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2022 AT 6:30 PM – 8 PM 

In the initial wave of vaccinations, NJ's older adults did well in accessing the COVID vaccine, thanks largely to all of your efforts. As the perceived urgency of COVID has waned, it is important to share up-to-date and accurate information on the importance of vulnerable people receiving boosters. 

Current news reports are confusing - the COVID numbers are up, but the rate or transmission is low (below 0.9). Translation - the number of people testing positive for COVID has increased, but they are less likely to spread it to others. The increase follows a return to pre-COVID behaviors like larger gatherings, less mask wearing, returning to work and the classroom. The ability of COVID to spread is lower, but it is still out there and keeping current with boosters is important. 
Join NJ Department of Health Acting Deputy Commissioner of Health Dr. Meg Fisher and representatives from New Jersey Advocates for Aging Well for a Facebook LIVE event to ask your questions about COVID-19 Vaccines and Boosters. Register in advance by clicking here: https://fb.me/e/3cYbLrf1y  
See Our New Blog on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)
Guest blogger Sevki Topcu, Co-Founder of HAVEN, discusses how ADUs offer a host of benefits, from added income and increased property value to more space and privacy. If you’re thinking of adding an ADU to your home, this guide will tell you everything you need to know to get started. NJAAW Blog
Heading Here
Winter session runs Jan. 6 through Feb. 10. Winter classes will be online with a return to in-person again in the spring.
To learn more, click here: olliru.rutgers.edu
To see our Aging Insights episode featuring OLLI-RU, click here: Aging Insights Episode 130
NJ Division on Aging Services Announces
From the Dept of Human Services:
"In an effort to combat social isolation, Human Services Commissioner Sarah Adelman announced the Department’s partnership with GetSetUp, an interactive online learning community, to provide free, live virtual classes for New Jerseyans ages 60 and older.

The GetSetUp platform offers live classes taught by peers who are experts in their field, social hours hosted by community members, and special events with speakers who directly address areas of interest to older adults. Older New Jerseyans can choose from more than 500 available classes on a range of topics such as aging in place, computers, budgeting, mental fitness, and more. Classes are offered in English, Spanish, Hindi and Mandarin. Classes are available 24 hours a day. To reach the New Jersey GetSetUp site, visit getsetup.io/partner/NJ.

The department's press release can be found at

Please share this information with your network and your seniors.
Professional Development
Call for 2023-2024 Health and Aging Policy Fellows (HAPF)
This one-year Fellowship runs from October 1 – September 30 and has full-time and part-time tracks. A hybrid program of mentoring, networking, learning and practicum experiences the HAPF program seeks candidates from diverse fields of aging that, individually and collectively, are improving the lives of older adults around the country. 
To learn more about the program and register for an info session on December 13, click here: https://www.healthandagingpolicy.org/