Rebounding and Rebuilding
NJAAW’s 23rd Annual Conference
On June 3 and 4, 174 people in the field of aging came together virtually for NJAAW’s annual conference.
With an insightful and inspiring opening by keynote speaker NJ Department of Human Services/Division of Aging Services Director Louise Rush, session speakers explored Assistive Technology, Senior Mobility, Long-Term Care, Reimaging Senior Centers and Reframing Aging.
NJAAW also presented the Carl F. West Award to JESPY House – The Michael Och House, A Center for Aging, in South Orange.
During her speech, NJAAW's Executive Director Dr. Cathy Rowe asked the question, “How do we age well — as individuals, as communities and as a state?” She challenged attendees to “Put on your own oxygen mask first” and consider their personal plans for aging well.
In addition, she noted, “Coming out of COVID, as we rebuild and rebound, we need to keep the lessons we learned and use them for long-term planning to shape policy and make improvements. No problem that any of us were working on before COVID was solved — most were accentuated. Many new, or rather, unrecognized challenges, were brought to the forefront. And we saw some very creative solutions.” Read the rest of Dr. Rowe’s speech here.
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“Juneteenth (short for ‘June Nineteenth’) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday.” (Source: history.com)
In September 2020, NJ passed legislation to make Juneteenth a state holiday, to be celebrated annually on the third Friday in June — this year, on June 18.
If you were not familiar with Juneteenth, you are not alone. Until recently, Juneteenth and its implications were not taught in history classes. The events of the past year that led us to examine the history of race in our country helped highlight this important date and expand its recognition.