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.

Book signing after lunch!

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

  • Noon: Envisioning Equitable Assisted Living in NJ- Candace Robinson, Capital Impact and Rebecca Lynn, RN Assisted Living, Inc.
  • 1 pm Policy Recommendations to Increase Equitable Access to Home and Community-Based Services in New Jersey, Hannah Diamond, Justice in Aging

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

Friday's Run of Show

8am - Doors open for registration and breakfast

9AM - Welcome, Preliminary Findings of the Statewide Survey of Older Adults.

Morning Keynote: Deputy Commissioner of Aging and Disability Services, Kaylee McGuire

Presentation of the Carl F West award to the Irma Rivera Center. Read full press release here

Coffee Break

10:30 am - Morning Breakout Sessions:

  • Innovative Approaches to Support Older Adults at Home - Alex Binder, Catherine Martino and Judy Collett-Miller, Parker Health Group
  • Unique Needs of our Senior LGBTQIA Community - Jeanine Frisby LaRue, Perry Farhat, Brielle Winslow-Majette and Dr. Christopher Awwad
  • Higher Ed in Aging - Emily Greenfield, PhD, Hub for Aging Collaboration, Jennifer DeGennaro and Elyse Perweiler, MA, MPP, RN, NJGWEP
  • Reinventing Mobility: TNCs and the Changing Face of Transportation - Kinga Skora, EZRide, James Bonanno, City of Asbury Park
  • Screening of "Below the Surface" documentary - Q&A with producers

11:45 - Break, lunch

Lunch Keynote Speaker - Ashton Applewhite - book signing to follow

1:30 - Afternoon Breakout Sessions:

  • Family Leave Insurance: Increasing Awareness and Participation - Becky Logue-Conroy, Rutgers and Yarrow Willman-Cole, NJ Citizen Action
  • Promoting Equity in Serious Illness Care in NJ: Designing a Medicaid Benefit for Community-Based Palliative Care - Lori Feldstein and Torrie Fields, Goals of Care Coalition
  • Essential Jobs Essential Care NJ Coalition - Updates and Next Steps - Cassondra Warney, Lauren Baruch, Edna Cadmus and Tyla Minnear
  • Aging Policy 101 - Ev Liebman, AARP NJ and Maureen Henry, Columbia University
  • Age Friendly Public Health - Shannon Lyons-Doherty, Darleen Reveille and Ann McDonald

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. A total of 8 CEs are available:

* 6 for attending in person

* 2 if attending the virtual sessions on Thursday, Amy 16. Attendance must be during the live event.

If you are interested in receiving CEs, please check while registering and we will send you instructions or email [email protected] with "CEs" in the subject line.

Conference CEs can also be applied to Monmouth University's Certificate in Aging Program: Certificate in Aging

NJAAW welcomes our Sponsors and Exhibitors

Our Senior Sponsor

Our Morning Keynote Sponsors:

Luncthime Sponsor

Our Session Sponsors


"Aging Policy 101"


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


"Unique Needs of our Senior LGBTQIA Community"


"Essential Jobs Essential Care NJ Coalition

Updates & Next Steps"


Promoting Equity in Serious Illness Care in NJ:

Designing a Medicaid Benefit for Community-Based Palliative Care

Thank you to our Refreshment Sponsors!

Our Breakfast and Lunch Sponsor

Coffee sponsor - caffeine all day!

Meet our Exhibitors


  • 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