2018 NJFA Fall Workshop: Living Forward: Housing for Empowered Aging


2018 NJFA Fall Workshop

Living Forward: Housing for Empowered Aging



Thursday October 18, 2018

8:30 am to 12 pm

Robert Wood Johnson Conference Center

3100 Quakerbridge Rd, Mercerville, NJ

Registration: $50 (includes 2.5 CE Credits*)


Registration is available online- CLICK HERE



Who Should Attend: Leaders and professionals in direct practice, in public and private community-based programs serving caregivers and/or older persons including: senior centers, senior housing, adult day care programs, respite programs, home health, hospitals, assisted living and nursing home settings. Elected officials, planners and policy makers in housing, local planning, program development, legislation, health, aging and social programs. Educators and grantmakers interested in making a difference in the lives of older adults. Course Content Level: Intermediate


8:30 am to 9 am- Registration and continental breakfast

9:00 am – 10:15 am

Session 1: A Day in the Life, Lessons Learned from An Architect Turned Resident

Steve Leone, Principal, Spiezle Architectural Group

Steve Leone, AIA, LEED™ap, is a senior level, award-winning design professional with over thirty years of experience in the field of architecture. He has extensive background in senior living/healthcare environments and sustainable design. His passion and depth of experience has brought steady repertoire of special projects and speaking engagements. Steve is a highly creative designer, manager, and communicator.

Course Description: Steve will share the lessons learned in his 24 hours Day In The Life as a skilled nursing home resident. Observations will span from the emotional reactions he felt to feedback he gleaned from residents. He will highlight design standards that can be improved upon. He will also detail his observations on the impact caregivers and culture have on nurturing aging as a natural continuation of life.

Playing the role of a skilled nursing home resident, the architect assumed several physical limitations and spent 24 hours experiencing the building and delivery of care from a resident’s point of view.


  • Describe of the transition to a long-term care facility from the perspective of an older adult.
  • Identify the physical, social and emotional needs of long-term care residents and how facilities can meet those needs.
  • Discuss how physical limitations of a patient impact their ability to adjust to a new setting.

This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards – ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #91 Course #2079 from 10/10/2018 to 10/10/2020. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s):  General Social Work Practice 1.25

Break 10:15 am to 10:30 am


10:30 am- 11:45 am

Session 2: How to Run a Senior Village

Julie Dalton, Riverdale Senior Services

Julie Dalton is a Certified Aging Services Professional with substantial experience in the design and delivery of cost-effective, sustainable programs serving the elderly.  As the founding Executive Director of Gramatan Village, she guided the organization from start-up to its established position as a leader in the National Village Movement.

Tina Serota, Village by the Shore

After being a caregiver for her parents for many years, Tina joined the staff at Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties as Associate Director of the Village by the Shore Program. Since joining the program Tina has expanded the membership, volunteers and service providers in their Village network and continues to work on further integrating the program into the community.

Course Description:The National Village Movement is a growing nationwide trend of grassroots organizations that develop creative strategies to address local needs. The session will address the various village movement program models, highlight the key steps to establishing a village, and will present the lessons learned from nearly 10 years of village operation.


  • Explain about the concept and history of the village model.
  •  Identify the benefits and obstacles to setting up and participating in a village.
  • Describe the various types of programs within the village model.

This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards – ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #91 Course #2079 from 10/10/2018 to 10/10/2020. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s):  General Social Work Practice 1.25

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Registration deadline: Oct. 12, 2018

For a refund the cancellation MUST be received two weeks prior to the conference.

 Grievance Policy

If you are dissatisfied with an aspect of NJFA’s Annual Conference, you should in the first instance consider speaking directly with the staff member/s you have been dealing with.

In order to have your concern addressed, please make us aware with 7 days of the program by one of the following methods:

By telephoning us at 609-421-0206 or;

By emailing us [email protected].

By notifying on the day of the conference, if appropriate find a NJFA representative to state your concern in person. If we receive your complaint verbally and we consider it appropriate, we may ask you to put your complaint in writing.

Following the investigation, we will notify you of our findings and any actions we may have taken in regards to your complaint.

If appropriate, NJFA will record your complaint for continuous improvement of our conference.

New Jersey social workers not pleased with a grievance resolution provided by the NJ Foundation for Aging may appeal to the approving entity of their jurisdictional board.

CEUs are available for LNHA/CALA and Activities Professionals.

The courses in this conference have been approved by the Association of Social Work Boards for a total of 2.5 General Social Work credits.

Certificates will be handed to social workers who attend both sessions, complete a course evaluation for each and an overall conference evaluation.


Contact us at [email protected] or 609-421-0206



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