The New Jersey Foundation for Aging (NJFA) will host its 12th Annual Conference on Thursday June 10, 2010 at the Crowne Plaza in Jamesburg.
This informative conference will feature two nationally recognized keynote speakers, Donna Butts of Generations United will present best practice models of program consolidation, serving diverse client populations in shared sites. This is seen as an effective cost-saving measure when municipal and local government are facing funding cuts. Bob Blancato, former Director of the White House Conference on Aging will present information regarding the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act in the afternoon. He will provide advocates with the needed skills to be effectively engaged in the legislative process. NJFA is pleased that Ms. Butts and Mr. Blancato will be able to share valuable information with the attendees of the conference.
The day will also feature morning and afternoon concurrent sessions, topics include Music and Your Brain, the Ethical and Legal Responsibility of Reporting Elder Abuse and Managing Chronic Disease. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided for all attendees. The cost of attending NJFA‚Äôs 12th Annual Conference is $70; a reduced price of $60 is available for NJ Government representatives and for groups of 3 or more from the same agency. CEU‚Äôs for Social Work, LNHA/CALA and recreation/activities professionals are available for a $20 fee.
Visit www.njfoundationforaging.org/events.html for the online brochure and registration form or call NJFA at 609-421-0206. Registration forms can be mailed to 176 West State St, Trenton, NJ 08608 or faxed to 609-421-2006. Registration fees are payable by check or credit card, Visa or MasterCard only.
¬†For more information visit, www.njfoundationforaging.org or call 609-421-0206. The Crowne Plaza is located just off the NJ Turnpike at Exit 8A.
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New information about changes to the Food Stamp Program (SNAP)
Trenton- New Jersey‚Äôs Food Stamp Program, also known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) has raised its income limits. Previously the income limit was at 130% of the FPL (Federal Poverty Level) and it has now been increased to 185% of the FPL. In some cases, assets such as checking or savings accounts, will not affect eligibility. These two new changes will allow the Food Stamp Program to help more people. During difficult economic times, more people are in need of help to buy food for their families.
As of April 2010, 185% of the FPL means that to be eligible for Food Stamps an individual‚Äôs gross monthly income would be $1670 or less and that a couples gross monthly income would be $2247 or less. For larger household add approximately $577 per each additional person.
‚ÄúThese changes are significant for families and seniors who live on the edge of poverty‚Äù according to Grace Egan, Executive Director of the NJ Foundation for Aging. ‚ÄúSeniors are under enrolled in this vital community program. We are interested in getting the word out that these changes mean many seniors will now qualify for this program‚Äù.
You can find an application for SNAP (Food Stamps) online at www.njfoodstamps.com or at www.njhelps.org, where you can use an online screening tool. For more information or to find your local SNAP office call 1-800-687-9512.
¬†To learn more about the work of the Foundation visit www.njfoundationforaging.org or call 609-421-0206.
The New Jersey Foundation for Aging was established in 1998 to create ongoing financial support for aging services in New Jersey.¬† Its mission is to expand innovative approaches in the delivery of services that enable older adults to live in the community with independence and dignity.