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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.

Aging Insights TV Episode 128- "Meet the FreeWalkers"

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.

NJ SAVE

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

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April 6, 2022

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Reflection on the NJAAW Housing Series

March 24, 2022

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March 11, 2022

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Register for NJAAW's 24th Annual Conference: “Building an Age-Friendly Ecosystem - Bringing the 4Ms and 8 Domains to NJ”

Our conference will include speakers from two important perspectives on healthy aging in NJ: The 4Ms of Age-Friendly Health Systems and the movement towards implementing the 8 Domains of Age-Friendly Communities at the local, county and state levels.

 

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Mastering emotional economics is an important skill to have—especially for #seniors. Mary Flett, a nationally-acclaimed clinical psychologist, explains how to do just that in Episode 2A of our #aginginsightsnj podcast. 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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NJAAW had a thrilling night last night! Thank you, Jersey Access Group! Host and Producer Cathy Rowe, DrPH, and Executive Producer Sue Brooks are very grateful for this recognition and your support of our Aging Insights TV show. This honor is shared with Piscataway Community Television, our talented partners in production for 11 years. #AgingInsights #localaccesstelevision #nj #newjersey #njadvocatesforaging #agewellNJ #olderadults #seniors #elders #aging ... See MoreSee Less
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Listening to podcasts can help you understand interesting topics right from the experts. You can learn how to #agewell in #nj when you tune in to our #aginginsightsnj podcast! Host Dr. Cathy Rowe discusses topics that are meaningful to #seniors. Listen to it wherever you get your podcasts from: bit.ly/aginginsightsnjpodcast#njadvocatesforaging #agewellNJ #aging #olderadults #elders #gardenstate #newjersey ... See MoreSee Less
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Research shows that the number of #olderadults using #medicalcannabis is on the rise. Today we're spotlighting three medical professionals discussing the topic at NJAAW's annual conference for #agingservices professionals. Learn more and register here: bit.ly/NJAAWconference2022 #nj #njadvocatesforaging #agewellNJ #njaawconference2022 #seniors #elders #geriatrics #Geriatricians #medicalmarijuana #mmj #agefriendlynj #AgeFriendlyHealthSystems #pharmacists Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Friends of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana-NJ ... See MoreSee Less
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Meditation can be advantageous in terms of mindfulness and mental health. Are you a #senior who would like to enjoy the benefits of meditating on a regular basis? If you can relate, check out Episode 2B of our #aginginsightsnj podcast! 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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When #olderadults attend arts programs, it can be fun, educational or even therapeutic. It can also help #seniors connect with others and avoid social isolation. Learn more about the benefits of arts and culture institutions from Lynne Toye, inaugural Executive Director of the NJ Arts and Culture Renewal Fund, in Episode 3 of our #aginginsightsnj podcast. Listen to it wherever you get your podcasts from: bit.ly/aginginsightsnjpodcast#njadvocatesforaging #agewellNJ #aging #elders #gardenstate #nj #newjersey ... See MoreSee Less
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It is a misconception that physical therapy is only needed after an injury. Jo Goldin, a physical therapist with the U.S. Tennis Association, reveals how physical therapy can be utilized to prevent illnesses, injuries or falls in Episode 1 of our #aginginsightsnj podcast. 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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Many people experienced social isolation due to the pandemic. Mary Flett, a nationally-acclaimed clinical psychologist, discusses how the pandemic has increased the need for social connection in Episode 2A of our #aginginsightsnj podcast. 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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NJAAW's 24th conference for #agingservices professionals merges two important perspectives on #healthyaging in #newjersey. Meet our speakers discussing #AginginPlace. Learn more and register here: bit.ly/NJAAWconference2022 Disability Rights New Jersey Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey Stockton University Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Dental Home Services #nj #njadvocatesforaging #agewellNJ #njaawconference2022 #olderadults #seniors #elders #AgeFriendlyHealthSystems ... See MoreSee Less
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Podcasts are a great way for #seniors to stay connected to their interests. If you are an #olderadult in #newjersey, we hope you will check out our #aginginsightsnj podcast! In each episode, Host Dr. Cathy Rowe dives into topics that are relevant to #aging well in the #gardenstate. Listen to it wherever you get your podcasts from: bit.ly/aginginsightsnjpodcast#njadvocatesforaging #agewellNJ #elders #nj ... See MoreSee Less
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