NJFA’s 22nd Annual Conference


Going Virtual!


2020 Vision for Successful Aging


DATES: August 13 and 14

9 a.m. to 12 noon


LOCATION: wherever you are comfortable

(In order to protect your health and the health of the aging population that we all serve, we’re moving our conference online this year. We’ll miss being with you in person.)






Sponsors and Partners:


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation

Parker Health Group, Inc

The Silver Century Foundation

Wells Fargo

Fox Rothschild, LLC


Horizon NJ Health

New Jersey Climate Change Resource Center at Rutgers University


Conference Goal

Provide online educational enrichment for professionals in the aging network, advance new approaches for serving NJ’s senior population, reinforce professional ethics to enhance quality services and champion healthy lifestyle choices for aging individuals.


9-9:15 a.m.: Welcome Remarks by NJFA

9:15-10:15 a.m.: Keynote Presentations

10:15-10:45 a.m.: Break to visit our Virtual Exhibit Hall

10:45-11:45 a.m.: Workshop Sessions (choose one for each day)

11:45 a.m.-noon: Closing Remarks

Agenda August 13, 2020

Day 1 (Aug 13) Keynote Presentation: “Health and Caregiving in the Age of Longevity” featuring Cynthia Hutchins, Director of Financial Gerontology, Bank of America Merrill

Sponsored by the Silver Century Foundation

Cynthia Hutchins, who earned an MA in Gerontology from the University of Southern California, was appointed the first gerontologist at a major financial services firm in 2014. She works closely with Merrill financial advisors to provide training, education, resources and thought leadership to engage clients on such topics as aging, longevity, retirement, and later-life planning. Hutchins will address the pressing need to educate, equip and empower older adults, current caregivers, and future caregivers to better plan for and manage their caregiving journeys. This session is intended to address this need. It outlines the most common types of caregivers and the unique challenges for each group, including women, spouses, adult children, long-distance caregivers, dementia caregivers, those in the LGBT community and financial caregivers.

Workshop Selections Day 1 (Aug 13) – choose one

“Long-Term Care Trends: Settings, Challenges and Policy” Laurie Facciarossa Brewer and Amy Brown, Esq., office of the NJ Long-Term Care Ombudsman; Gwen Orlowski, Esq., Disability Rights New Jersey; Ryann Siclari, Esq., Central Jersey Legal Services

Learn about pressing issues that older New Jerseyans receiving long-term care services are facing—both in institutional and community-based settings. Presenters will review current advocacy trends, challenges, and anticipated policy changes, and offer practical tips to overcome individual and structural barriers to receiving quality long-term care services.

“Confronting Ageism Head-On to Prevent Elder Abuse” Colleen Beach, Dr. Cory Cummings, Christa Hogan, Kaitlyn Strobel and Dr. Paul Urbanski, Monmouth University; Maria E Aberasturi, Bergen County Board of Social Services.

Learn about the Elder Justice Roadmap, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, and hear diverse experiences about confronting ageism head-on through intergenerational public-private partnerships that can be replicated—including specific examples used in education, training and public outreach.


Agenda August 14, 2020

Day 2 (Aug. 14) Keynote Presentation: “Creating a Vision for Successful Aging that is Supported by a Sustainable, Resilient Future” Jeanne Herb, Karen Alexander, Dr. Patricia Findley, and Dr. Marjorie Kaplan

Sponsored by the New Jersey Climate Change Resource Center at Rutgers University

Climate change is increasing temperatures, causing heavier rainfall events and raising sea level, impacting the health, welfare and economy of NJ. Though research shows that the health of all people living in the U.S. will be affected by climate change, the health of some populations, including seniors, will be affected more than others. The 65+ population is set to nearly double in the U.S. by the year 2050, and at the same time, changing climate conditions are expected to increase. Seniors, the communities that they live in and the organizations that serve them are facing a growing crisis. Learn about climate change trends and projections in NJ, plus the specific disproportionate impact that it has on seniors. Feedback on the types of challenges faced by organizations at this conference, and older New Jerseyans, which are exacerbated by changing climate conditions, will be used to help identify the priority issues that should be addressed as part of the Climate Change Resource Center at Rutgers

Workshop Selections Day 2 (Aug 14) – choose one

“Addressing Stereotypes”Dr. Katie York, Lifelong Montclair; Dr. Ashley Ermer and Katharine Mauro, Montclair State University

Communities can work toward becoming more age-friendly by attempting to change the culture surrounding beliefs on ageism and related stigmas. Learn how intergenerational performing arts interventions may be a method to lessen age stereotypes among both the young and the old.

“The Influence of Immigration Policies on the Economic Security of Aging Immigrants” Jonnelle Rodriguez, American Friends Service Committee

There are currently more than 7 million U.S. residents who are immigrants. Despite the improvement in economic security among the senior population in the U.S. over recent years, foreign-born seniors are twice as likely to live in poverty compared to their native-born counterparts. Learn about the government policies that directly impact immigrant seniors’ access to programs and benefits—based on their status and date of entry into the U.S.—and how service providers can effectively help them navigate the public benefits system.


NOTE: Workshop sessions are Intermediate-level courses intended to provide information that builds on the existing knowledge of practitioners with some experience. The focus is on building skills or adding knowledge—possibly following a brief overview of basic information—and involves using information in concrete situations and understanding the underlying structure of the material.
*NJFA is an approved provider of LNHA/CALA continuing education credits in accordance with N.J.A.C. 8:34-7.3(a). This program will award LNHA/CALA, 4 credits.
Social Workers: Please contact Melissa Chalker at [email protected] for information about continuing education credits for social workers.”




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