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New Jersey’s Mental Health Urgency in Older Adults

By: Audrey Meng, Rutgers Student Intern People don’t mind getting old. People mind feeling old. There has been attention brought to the care of older adults and their mental well-being recognizing the effects of social isolation and the impact of COVID. But COVID was not the start, source, or end of mental health needs for […]

Innovations for Aging in New Jersey on Display at Rutgers University’s InnovAGING NJ 2024 Summit

The Hub for Aging Collaboration at the Rutgers University School of Social Work hosted the inaugural InnovAGING NJ 2024 Summit on March 22, 2024. This free virtual event served as a showcase of innovative programs, practices, and partnerships changing norms for aging in New Jersey. The 250 attendees spanned five states (and Washington, D.C.) and […]

Older Americans Act Re-Authorization.

What Changes Might We See? This year could mark the first major revisions in more than 35 years to the rules governing theOlder Americans Act, the federal law that backbones many of the community-level programsthat provide meals, senior center programs, transportation, home-care and much more. The nearly 60-year-old law is due for re-authorization by Oct […]

NJAAW Celebrates 25 Years Serving NJ Older Adults, ‘Dares to Envision’ Policy Progress

To honor the milestone and draw support for its mission, the organization is spotlighting the top issues affecting the state’s growing population of older adults. HAMILTON, NJ — October 198, 2023. NJ Advocates for Aging Well (NJAAW), the only statewide nonprofit focusing solely on issues impacting older adults in New Jersey, is proud to celebrate […]

Caregiving in New Jersey Series Overview

By: Darian Constantine Session 1 – Defining Caregiving & its Impact on Family, Patients & Friends        The first part of the Caregiving in New Jersey Series was all about defining caregiving and how it impacts caregivers, patients, and friends. Our first presentation was by Courtney Roman of Center for Health Care Strategies, giving an […]

A Guide for Accessory Dwelling Units: Getting Started

By: Sevki Topcu, Co Founder, HAVEN More and more people are adding accessory dwelling units to their homes these days and for good reason! ADUs offer a host of benefits, from added income and increased property value to more space and privacy. If you’re thinking of adding an ADU to your home, this guide will […]

Virtual Age-Friendly Fair Highlights Path to Better NJ

More than 260 people – including key government, business, non-profit and academic leaders -participated in New Jersey’s Age-Friendly Virtual Fair, a first-of-its-kind showcase of the diverse work underway to make the Garden State a better place to grow old. The Sept. 15 virtual conference featured 34 virtual “table” presentations on myriad subjects that encompass or […]

End of Life Doulas – Compassionate Support and Expert Guidance for Your Family Through the Sacred Journey of Aging and End of Life

By Adrian AlloteyEldercare Specialist/Aging Companion/End of Life DoulaYou Are Not Alone Elder Care LLC Clinically managed end of life care is increasingly becoming a hot topic for discussion. Providing care for fragile elderly patients nearing their transition from this world goes beyond learned skills. Medical personnel responsible for providing this specialized care must have an […]

Lifelong Learning Can Lead to Lifelong Wellness

Education doesn’t have an end date. In fact, it shouldn’t. And while education in the formal sense can be limited to an institutional understanding of the word, lifelong learning is expansive and flexible. Learning to paint with acrylics, analyzing films from the 20th century, discovering an unknown event from history, or how to use photoshop are […]

“Building a direct care workforce for an aging population”

By: Cathy RoweJune 6, 2022 This article was originally published on njbiz.com and is posted here with permission. At New Jersey Advocates for Aging Well, we are always looking at the numbers. So, consider these statistics. The population age 65+ was the fastest growing group in New Jersey between 2010 and 2020, increasing 26.8%, according to usafacts.org/data. This […]

Creative Aging with the Arts in New Jersey

Through our programs and services, the [New Jersey State Council on the Arts] seeks to increase participation in, and access to, arts events, experiences and opportunities for all people — whether they come to the arts as artists, audience members or volunteers.

Reflection on the NJAAW Housing Series

A guest blog by William Cotrone, NJAAW intern As the global population continues to grow/age, appropriate housing for older adults is now more important than ever. Most of NJ’s current housing stock was built for young able-bodied adults and nuclear families. Currently, 30% of homeowners in the US are single and live alone. By 2030, […]

Warning on Scams Claiming to Support Ukraine

by Cathy Rowe, DrPH, Executive Director, NJAAW Unfortunately, we have seen this over and over: Well-meaning older adults who want to support a good cause become the targets or victims of a scam Why Are There Scams About Ukraine? Let’s be clear – the people of Ukraine need our support and help. Lives are disrupted, […]

I’m proud of you, New Jersey!

As we wind up 2021, I just want to take a moment to say I’m proud of you, New Jersey! Now, with all the jokes made about the great Garden State, you might not be used to the compliment, but here is why I am proud of our older residents, in particular. New Jersey was […]

Pie for Breakfast: Memories of Thanksgiving

By Sue Burghard Brooks Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday as far back as I can remember. There was something magical about Mom, Dad, my brother and me piling into the family car on Thanksgiving eve and driving from our NJ home to upstate NY. We’d always spend “turkey day” and a few days […]

Grand-families: A different call to action

Guest blog by NJAAW Board member Dr. Charisse Smith. In the spring of 2020, I heralded a call to action for grand-families across New Jersey. Grandparents and other older family members bravely took on the challenge of helping their students with remote or virtual learning during COVID-19. They assisted their young students with logging onto […]