Join us for our 24th annual conference, “Building an Age-Friendly Ecosystem - Bringing the 4Ms

and 8 Domains to NJ,” on Monday, June 13, 2022, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (doors open at 8 a.m.)

at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick

Expecting 300+ professionals in the field of aging — including government agencies, senior housing, health care services, social workers*, recreational programs, grant makers, educators, graduate students and more — the conference will bring together thought leaders and best practices of aging well.

This year's conference merges 2 important perspectives on healthy aging in New Jersey. The first, the 4Ms of Age-Friendly Health Systems, highlights the work to better identify and address the health care needs of NJ’s older residents and patients. The second, the movement towards implementing the 8 Domains of Age-Friendly Communities at the local, county and state levels, highlights best practices, tools and progress in making NJ an age-friendly state. 

*Five Social Work CE Hours (three Social & Cultural Competence and two General) are provided by the Monmouth University School of Social Work. Be sure to indicate your intention to obtain CE Hours on the registration form.*

Keynote Sessions

Morning Keynote: The Age-Friendly Ecosystem

Jane Carmody, DNP, MBA, RN, FAAN, The John A. Hartford Foundation

Lunch Keynote: The Time is Now: Planning for the Future

Melissa Chalker, MSW, Division of Aging Services, NJ Department of Human Services

Breakfast & Networking, 8am - 9 am

Welcome & Morning Keynote 9 am

Followed by the Presentation of the Carl F. West Award for Everyday Excellence

Morning Breakout Sessions: 10:45 a.m. - noon

Thinking Outside the Roadblocks: The Integration of Housing & Health in Affordable Senior Housing

  • Marilyn Mock and Darlene Datil, Fair Share Support Services, Inc.

Bringing Person Centered Trauma Informed Care (PCTI ) To Life

  • Deborah Rokhsar Rosen, Jewish Federation Greater MetroWest NJ
  • Liz Levy, Jewish Family Service of MetroWest
  • Peter Jacobs. Jewish Family Service of Central NJ
  • Dr. Carmen Ramirez Sosa, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, postdoctoral resident
  • Rafi Annapole, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, DMD candidate
  • Drs. Jack Moran and Howard Drew, Rutgers faculty and pro-bono Holocaust Dental Services Program, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine

Best Practices in NJ's Age-Friendly Efforts

  • Janet Sharma, Age-Friendly Englewood
  • Shannon Dougherty-Lyons, Generations for Garfield
  • Beth Abbott, Age-Friendly Ridgewood
  • EJ Vizzi, Age-Friendly Teaneck
  • Lisa Bontemps, Westwood for All Ages

Aging In Place - An Inter-Agency Holistic Approach to Reaching Underserved Older Adults

  • Melissa Zeidler and William Lim, Disability Rights NJ
  • Jatasha Sharif, Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless
  • Christopher Plaugic, Jewish Family Services of Central NJ      

Taking the High Road: Medical Cannabis Use in Older Adults

  •  Drs. Jessica Bente and Theresa M. Redling, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center
  • ·Dr. Mary Bridgeman, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Lunch, Keynote, Networking & 7th Inning Stretch: Noon - 1:40 p.m.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions: 1:40 - 3:00 p.m.

Overcoming Isolation: Impact of COVID-19 on Older Adults/Adult Day Care

  • Leah Lyszewski, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center
  • Lori Morrell, Parker Adult Day Center

Integrating Care to Age Well in Affordable and Permanent Supportive Housing

  • Candace Robinson, Capital Impact Partners
  • Michael DiBiase, AtlantiCare LIFE Connection
  • Michelle Rampersant-Faulk, JESPY House
  • Elizabeth Davis, The Bright Side Family

Asset Mapping - The Somerset & Bergen County projects

  • Dr. Althea Pestin-Stevens, Rutgers School of Social Work
  • Davit Topchishvili, Bergen County Division of Senior Services
  • Karen Alexander, Rutgers Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center
  • Walter Lane, Office of Planning, Policy and Economic Development, Somerset County
  • Joanne Fetzko, Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services

Supporting Community-Dwelling Older Adults' Health and Wellness through University Supported Programs

  •  Rebecca Mannel, Megan Foti and Mary Kientz, Stockton University

Goals of Care - Understanding What Matters to Patients

  • Dr. Viki Sharma, VNA Health Group, CentraState Healthcare, Robert Wood Johnson Family Practice and Population Health
  • Dr. David Barile, Goals of Care Coalition NJ
  • Dr. Josh Raymond, The Manor-CentraState Medical Center, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School/CentraState Medical Center


In light of the spread of COVID Omicron variant BA-2, and the fact that the overwhelming majority of our conference attendees work with older adults and other high-risk patients, NJAAW will require proof of vaccination for NJAAW conference staff, speakers, vendors and attendees. Our goal is to keep you, your colleagues, families and patients/clients safe.    

Proof of vaccination includes a photo or copy of a vaccine card, or proof of vaccination on a COVID app (Docket, Excelsior, etc.).

Full vaccination status is considered:  

  • 1 dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or  
  • 2 doses of the Moderna vaccine, or  
  • 2 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, or  
  • Any 2-dose combination of the above  

Information on submitting vaccine proof in a secure, HIPAA compliant process will be sent upon registering.

Thank you for your understanding and for ensuring the health and safety of your colleagues and the people we serve

Thank you to our sponsors





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