NJAAW's Annual Conference: Dare to Envision

Friday, May 17, 9am - 3pm

at the Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick

Doors open at 8am for registration and breakfast

Morning Keynote:

Lunchtime Speaker:

Kaylee McGuire, Deputy Commissioner for Aging and Disability Services

Kaylee McGuire is the Deputy Commissioner for Aging and Disability Services overseeing the Division of Aging Services, the Division of Disability Services, the Division of Developmental Disabilities and supporting the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Office of 

the Public Guardian. McGuire’s background includes working with individuals with disabilities and complex medical needs. Personal caregiving experiences with aging family members led her to public service

Author Aston Applewhite

Ashton Applewhite is at the forefront of the emerging movement to raise awareness of ageism and make age a criterion for diversity. The author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism and co-founder of the Old School Anti-Ageism Clearinghouse, she speaks widely at venues that have included the TED mainstage and the United Nations. She has written for Harper’s, the Guardian, and the New York Times; has been recognized by the New York Times, the New Yorker, National Public Radio, and the American Society on Aging as an expert on ageism; and is the voice of Yo, Is This Ageist? In 2022 the United Nations named Ashton one of the Healthy Aging 50: fifty leaders transforming the world to be a better place to grow older.

Conference starts with 2 virtual presentations on Thursday, May 16.

Equity in Aging

  • Hannah Diamond, Justice in Aging

Envisioning Equitable Assisted Living in NJ 

  • Candace Robinson, Capital Impact and Rebecca Lynn, RN Assisted Living, Inc.

Links for virtual sessions will be emailed to all registrants. Virtual sessions will also be recorded and shared post conference.

Friday's In-Person Breakout Sessions include:

Innovative Approaches to Support Older Adults at Home

  • Alex Binder, Catherine Martino and Judy Collett-Miller, Parker Health Group

Older LGBT+ Adults

  • Jeanine Frisby LaRue, Kaufman Zita Group and Board Chair, Garden State Equality Action Fund

Promoting Equity in Serious Illness Care in NJ: Designing a Medicaid Benefit for Community-Based Palliative Care.

  • Lori Feldstein and Tori Fields , Goals of Care Coalition

Aging Policy 101

  • Ev Liebman, AARP NJ and Maureen Wolfe, Columbia University

Age Friendly Public Health

  • Shannon Lyons-Doherty

Screening of "Below the Surface" documentary

  • Q&A with producers

Family Leave Benefits

  • Becky Logue-Conroy, Rutgers

Higher Ed in Aging

  • Emily Greenfield, PhD and Elyse Perweiler, MA, MPP, RN

Essential Jobs Essential Care NJ Coalition - Updates and Next Steps

  • Lauren Baruch, Edna Cadmus and Tyla Minnear

Reinventing Mobility: TNCs and the Changing Face of Transportation

  • Kinga Skora, EZRide

Social Workers Eligible for CEs:

NJAAW is partnering with Monmouth University School of Social Work to offer Social Work CEs for this year's conference. If oyu are interested in receiving CEs, please check while registering and we will send you instructions.

The Future of Aging in New Jersey CEs can also be applied to Monmouth University's Certificate in Aging Program. Information on the program can be found here: Certificate in Aging

*Be sure to indicate your intention to obtain CE Hours on the registration form.*

NJAAW welcomes our Sponsors and Exhibitors

Our Senior Sponsor:

Lunchtime Keynote Sponsor

Our Session Sponsors


"Aging Policy 101"


"Reinventing Mobility: TNCs and the Changing Face of Transportation"

Thank you to our Refreshemnt Sponsors!

Our Breakfast and Lunch Sponsor

Coffee sponsor - caffeine all day!

Meet our Exhibitors

Interested in sponsoring?

The NJAAW annual conference attracts near 300 professionals in the field of aging, and we rely on our sponsors to make this a successful conference. If you are interested in sponsoring, having an exhibit table, or placing an ad in our printed program, check out the options Sponsor guide

To choose your sponsorship level, click Sponsor registration

  • Logistics: New this year....FREE Parking
  • Doors open at 8am
  • Program starts at 9am
  • FREE Parking is available in the Hyatt Regency garage
  • The Hyatt is a short walk from NJ Transit, New Brunswick Train Station
  • Breakfast and lunch included