NJAAW News and Resources
April 19, 2023
NJAAW 25th Annual Conference
The Future of Aging in NJ
Friday, June 9, 2023
Virtual Pre-Conference Sessions Added!
We are pleased to announce the addition of 2 virtual pre-conference sessions on Thursday, Jun 8:

  • CSH and NJ ALP Provider Coalition: Aging in Place with Assisted Living Programs (ALP) and Supportive Housing
  • Technology + Aging: A Future of Independence

Links to these live, virtual sessions will be emailed to all registrants. Sessions will be recorded and sent to conference attendees post conference. In addition, Social Work CEs will be available for the pre-conference

Social Wokers Eligible for 5.5 CEs:
NJAAW is partnering with Monmouth University to offer a total of 5.5 Social Work CEs for this year's conference,:
  • For the in-person conference on June 9, we offer 2 cultural competency CEs and 1.5 general. 
  • For registrants who attend the virtual pre-conference session on June 8, 2 additional general credits will be issued.
  • Conference attendees seeking CEs should visit the Monmouth University table after checking in on June 9. If you have not already paid the administrative fee, please bring a check made out to Monmouth University on June 9. Certificates can be picked up at the close of the conference.

The Future of Aging in New Jersey CEs can also be applied to Monmouth University's Certificate in Aging Program. Information on the program can be found here: Certificate in Aging

Visit our conference website for the latest updates which will be frequently updated with speaker and registration information: click NJAAW Conference

Meet our Exhibitors
For sponsorship information, click here: Sponsor levels
Cultivating Age-Friendly Ambassadors
April 19, 10am, Zoom
Cultivating Ambassadors for Your Age-Friendly Community Age-friendly work requires dedication, diplomacy and energy. Join us to learn about age friendly ambassadors from successful age friendly community efforts. Register here
Caregiving Webinar:
Positive Approach to Care
Tuesday, May 2, 6pm
To continue of focus on supporting caregivers, we are holding a special webinar with Positive Approach to Care (PAC). Founded by Teepa Snow in 2006, PAC is now collaborating to improve dementia care in over thirty countries worldwide. PAC provides online and in-person services, training, and products to professionals, family members, the lay public, and people living with brain change.

Join this special presentation by PAC's Melanie Bunn as she highlights unique and uplifting skills for caregivers of people with dementia.
To register, click here: PAC
Adult Day Care Program
Open House
 Saturday, April 22, 2023
11am - 1 pm

RSVP by calling 732.565.2423 or email mfourounjian@parkerlife.org.

Download printable flyer here: flyer
For the schedule and more information, visit: https://www.stockton.edu/aging/festival-conferences.html
Aging Insights
Healthcare Decisions:
Having "The Talk"

In honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD), we are re-releasing our Aging Insights episode "Healthcare Decisions: Having the Talk." NHDD exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. In this episode, we walk through the decisions we face at different stages of life and the importance of advance care planning.
Policy Updates
President Biden signs Executive Order to expand access and provide support for care workers and family caregivers.
The Executive Order includes more than 50 directives to expand access to affordable, high-quality care, and provide support for care workers and family caregivers. These actions build on the 2022 National Strategy to Support Caregivers. Specifically important to our current work with the Essential Jobs Essential Care Nj Coalition and education for family caregivers:
"Enhance job quality for long-term care workers. The President is committed to improving the quality of long-term care jobs in this country so that Americans can get the reliable, high-quality care they deserve—whether it is in their homes and communities or in nursing homes. To advance the President’s long-term care priorities, the Executive Order directs HHS to consider issuing several regulations and guidance documents to improve the quality of home care jobs, including by leveraging Medicaid funding to ensure there are enough home care workers to provide care to seniors and people with disabilities enrolled in Medicaid, as well as build on the minimum staffing standards for nursing homes and condition a portion of Medicare payments on how well a nursing home retains workers."
"Support family caregivers. Without adequate resources, family caregiving can affect caregivers’ physical and emotional health and well-being and contribute to financial strain. These negative consequences are felt most acutely by women, who make up nearly two-thirds of family caregivers and who drop out of the workforce at higher rates than men. To provide greater support to family caregivers, the Executive Order directs HHS to consider testing a new dementia care model that will include support for respite care (short-term help to give a primary family caregiver a break) and make it easier for family caregivers to access Medicare beneficiary information and provide more support to family caregivers during the hospital discharge planning process. Additionally, VA will consider expanding access to the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers and provide more mental health support for caregivers enrolled in that program."
For the full description of the Executive Order, click here Fact Sheet
NJDHS Publishes
Social Isolation Study
In January 2020, the New Jersey Department of Human Services was tasked to study social isolation occurring in certain population groups. As one of the elements of healthy aging, isolation and loneliness can have extreme affects on the health and well being of older adults. COVID made those impacts abundantly clear. Many of the state's age-friendly communities have made significant progress in addressing social isolation.

To see the results of the State's study, click here:
In Case You Missed It...
A Primer on Palliative Care
Designed for health care providers, social workers, and other providers working with older adults this Primer on Palliative Care explores the definitions, options and practice of palliative care.

Presented by David Barile, MD, Founder & Chief Medical Officer of Goals of Care NJ.

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