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Welcome to NJ Advocates for Aging Well (formerly NJ Foundation for Aging)! As proud and passionate advocates since our founding in 1998, we’re working to address the issues that are critical to you.

Did you know that according to statistics, more than 23% of NJ's total population is over 60 -- and by the year 2030, all Baby Boomers will be of retirement age? Studies also show that the majority of adults 50+ wish to remain in their homes and/or communities as long as possible, with a sense of independence and connection. Do you?

With the number of aging adults rising rapidly, NJ families would be wise to start planning for their future living needs. However, many may not be aware that there isn’t one large leap from living in complete independence to assisted living. There are numerous steps and options along a continuum of needs, finances, preferences and opportunities.

We brought together experts in the realm of NJ housing to explore options at each of those stages and needs, from the perspective of the older adult and family members, for The NJAAW Housing Series. Speakers explained strategies to help people stay in their homes with modifications and built design; options for getting help in the home; downsizing, and when assisted and supportive living becomes necessary. To view the recordings and slides, click on EVENTS on the top of this page, and look under PAST EVENTS.

Also on our website you’ll find reliable resources and information to help guide you through the process of aging with dignity and independence in your community. 

Check out our episodes of AGING INSIGHTS TV. Revisit editions of our "Renaissance" magazine under LIBRARY. 

It’s never too early to start learning about the types of challenges you may face over time. And if you can’t find what you’re seeking, send us an email. We’re happy to help. Be sure to follow us on social media for the most current news. 

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Welcome to NJ Advocates for Aging Well (formerly NJ Foundation for Aging)! The loving care that you provide is invaluable, but we know you also need support.

Here you’ll find support in print and on our TV show, as well as contact phone numbers, email addresses and weblinks for resources in your field. And if you can’t find what you’re seeking, send us an email. We’re happy to help. Be sure to follow us on social media for the most current news. 

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Welcome to NJ Advocates for Aging Well (formerly NJ Foundation for Aging)! Thank you for committing your career to serving the needs of our state’s aging population.

Since our founding in 1998, we’ve assembled a diverse range of experts in the aging field to present you with best practices and development opportunities at our annual conference for professionals. We also address the needs of the community by hosting frequent topical webinars and roundtable conversations on such policy issues as senior nutrition, climate change and housing insecurities. 

Our 24th Annual Conference in 2022 is taking place at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick on Monday, June 13. Check out our "Events" tab for more information and to register. Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are also available!

We invite you to explore our resources -- particularly our weekly newsletter -- and calendar of upcoming educational events.

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aging insights

Aging Insights TV is 10 this year! Join us for thought-provoking broadcasts about the issues that impact the lives of older adults and caregivers. Meet guests and experts from various fields and organizations for lively discussions as they share resources and solutions on real-world topics that concern us all. You can also watch and subscribe to the show on NJAAW’s YouTube channel. For sponsorship information, please email us at office@njaaw.org.

Episode 136 - GetSetUp New Jersey!

Information Center

County Offices on Aging/ADRC

Each County in NJ has a designated Office on Aging to serve as the primary entity responsible for developing comprehensive, coordinated systems of community-based services for older adults. County Offices on Aging also serve as Aging & Disability Resources Connection.

Eldercare Locator

Eldercare Locator is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging connecting you to services for older adults and their families. You can also reach them at 1-800-677-1116.

Adult Protective Services

Adult Protective Services (APS) programs have been established in each county in New Jersey to receive and investigate reports of suspected abuse, neglect and exploitation of vulnerable adults living in a community setting.


NJSave is an online application to help low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities save money on Medicare premiums, prescription costs, and other living expenses. Click on the NJSave image below to access the application.

NJ Helps

NJ Helps will help to see if you are eligible for food assistance (SNAP), cash assistance (WFNJ/TANF or WFNJ/GA), and health Insurance (NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid). From there you can apply for services or learn about additional resources.

NJ 211

NJ 211 is a statewide information and referral service. Through their call center they connect people to day care facilities, shelters, affordable housing units, social services, employment training programs, senior services, medical insurance, and more.

Our Blog

A Guide for Accessory Dwelling Units: Getting Started

November 23, 2022


Guide to Home Renovations for Older Adults

October 19, 2022


Virtual Age-Friendly Fair Highlights Path to Better NJ

September 30, 2022


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‘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 Stop 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. youtu.be/dZtJjHNHj_I ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank you to Michele Zechner, PhD LSW, for this insightful and inspirational episode on Multi-Dimenisonal Wellness for older adults ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank you Dr. Evan Rubin and Dr. Lindsay Rubin for insight into health care and dental services at home ... See MoreSee Less
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Join us today for his FREE webinar on Multi-dimensional Wellness for Older Adults.us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpcuqsqDIoHtai0oJ11qzqS54-IiL9z3zW ... See MoreSee Less
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In our latest episode of Aging insights, occupational therapist Brigitte Muehlbauer and AAA Northeast's Shani Jarvis discuss how older adults can Drive Safer, Better & Longer, plus how to plan for a driving retirement. ... See MoreSee Less
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Are you ready to explore Lifelong Learning? See our latest Aging Insights Episode with OLLI-RU.youtu.be/Pi_jIazYMqE ... See MoreSee Less
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Rosemarie Doremus May 29, 1933 - July 30, 2022 We are sad to share the news that Rosemarie Doremus, former Hunterdon County AAA director and one of NJAAW's founders, has passed away. Simply put, there would be no NJAAW without Rosemarie. She was a leader in aging services in Hunterdon County since 1974 when she opened the County’s first Senior Center. While aging was her focus, Rosemarie also offered an intergenerational lens on healthy aging throughout her personal and professional life. She provided leadership at the local, state and national levels by serving as a New Jersey delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Aging. In 1999, she joined 3 other Executive Directors of County Offices on Aging (Margaret Chester, Susan Chasnoff and Carl West) and Grace Egan to create a statewide organization to address the issues they saw in their communities. That organization, NJ Foundation for Aging, continues their mission to this day as New Jersey Advocates for Aging Well. Rosemarie’s commitment to helping older adults was clear in her many leadership positions in New Jersey as well as on the national stage. She was a Board of Trustees Member of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (NAAAA); President of the New Jersey Association of Area Agencies on Aging (NJ4A); and she served as a Volunteer Mediator of the Court, Community Dispute Resolution, in Somerset. NJAAW staff, volunteers and board members (current and former) remember Rosemarie very fondly. We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends. She was a special and very kind woman, always supportive to our cause and a true advocate for NJ's older adults. For those of you who knew Rosemarie throughout her outstanding life and career, her obituary can be found here: www.wrightfamily.com/obituary/rosemarie-doremus/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Studies show that there are currently 2.4 million #LGBTQ+ people in the US who are 65+. By 2030, that number is expected to grow by 50%. On the 129th episode of #AgingInsights TV, host Cathy Rowe, DrPH, and LGBT Senior Housing and Care's CEO/Managing Partner Amy Simon discuss "Pride and Progress for LGBT Older Adults, Rights and Legislation." A Simon Says LLC #agewellNJ #njadvocatesforaging #aging #olderadults #elders #seniors #PrideMonth ... See MoreSee Less
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Jo Goldin, a physical therapist, discusses how physical therapy can be beneficial for #seniors in Episode 1 of our #aginginsightsnj podcast. The goals of physical therapy include maximizing mobility and strength while decreasing pain. Listen to it wherever you get your podcasts from: bit.ly/aginginsightsnjpodcast #njadvocatesforaging #agewellNJ #aging #olderadults #elders #GardenState #nj #newjersey ... See MoreSee Less
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Have you shared your health care wishes with those closest to you and your health care practitioners? Tracy Grafton, a geriatric social worker, joins Dr. Cathy Rowe in Episode 4 of our #aginginsightsnj podcast to discuss the importance of advanced care planning. Listen to it wherever you get your podcasts from: bit.ly/aginginsightsnjpodcast#seniors #njadvocatesforaging #agewellNJ #aging #olderadults #elders #GardenState #nj #newjersey ... See MoreSee Less
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Support for NJAAW was provided in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.