Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 9:00 AM EDT
Friday, August 14, 2020 at 12:00 PM EDT

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Melissa Chalker 
NJ Foundation for Aging 

2020 Vision for Successful Aging

NJFA's 22nd Annual Conference is going virtual!

Join us on Thursday Aug 13, 2020 and Friday Aug 14, 2020

Choose one half day or both days for more learning, connecting and a discount! 


Sponsors and Partners:

The Silver Century Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation


Wells Fargo

Horizon NJ Health 

New Jersey Climate Change Resource Center

Bank of America

Fox Rothschild, LLC



New Dates -- New Format

Thursday August 13, 2020 9 am to 12 noon

Conference Schedule

9:00 a.m.: Welcome Remarks from NJ Foundation for Aging (NJFA)

9:15 a.m.: Morning Keynote: “Longevity Fitness” by Cynthia Hutchins, Director of Financial Gerontology, Bank of America Merrill


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 the topics of aging, longevity, retirement and later-life planning. Named to the inaugural PBS Next Avenue Influencers in Aging list, she served on the board of directors of the American Society on Aging (ASA) and participated in the White House Conference on Aging Elder Justice Forum. Hutchins will address social equity (maintaining relationships), health equity (maintaining health), wealth equity (living within one’s means), retirement and reasons for it, demographic statistics and changes, ageism and policy implications.

10:15 a.m.: Break and Visit with Our Exhibitors 

10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Concurrent Sessions Choice of: 

“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.


“Long Term Care Trends: Settings, Challenges and Policy”- Laurie Facciarossa Brewer, Amy Brown, Esq., 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. Panelists will review current advocacy trends, challenges, and anticipated policy changes, and will offer practical tips to overcome individual and structural barriers to receiving quality long-term care services.    

Thursday August 13, 2020 9 am to 12 noon

Conference Schedule

9:00 a.m.: Welcome Remarks from NJ Foundation for Aging (NJFA)

9:15 a.m.: Morning Keynote: “Creating a Vision for Successful Aging that is Supported by a Sustainable, Resilient Future” - Jeanne Herb, Karen Alexander, Dr. Patricia Findley, Dr. Emily Greenfield and Dr. Marjorie Kaplan, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

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 and the specific disproportionate impact that it has on seniors. Participant feedback on the challenges faced by organizations represented 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 newly created Climate Change Resource Center at Rutgers, which was passed into law during the 2019 legislative session. 

10:15 a.m.: Break and Visit with Our Exhibitors 

10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Concurrent Morning Sessions Choice of:

“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”- Jonelle 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.