January 9, 2019 Herb

With the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting the geographic “widespread” of the flu in 24 states including New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Health has received notification of a confirmed the first pediatric flu death, one of seven pediatric deaths reported by the CDC so far this season. ““I am deeply saddened for the family of this young child, who experienced an unthinkable loss,” said New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal in a January 8th statement. The child, from the central region of the state, died in late December. For reasons of medical privacy, the…

January 1, 2019 Herb

Acting New Jersey Governor Sheila Oliver. Photo Credit: New Jersey Office of New Jersey Lt. Governor Just five days ago, Acting Governor Sheila Oliver today signed legislation (formerly bill A-3514) to establish the New Jersey Caregiver Task Force, to put the spot light on caregiving issues faced by 1.75 million people who provide uncompensated care in the Garden State. The new governmental task force will take a look at available caregiver support services and will also recommend improvements and expansion of such services.  An initial report will be given to the Governor Phil Murray and the…

December 27, 2018 Herb

New Jersey Representative Chris Smith On December 19th, S. 2076/ H.R. 4256, The Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, was passed by the House. With the Senate passing its companion measure a week earlier, the bipartisan legislation is now awaiting the president’s signature to be signed into law. The BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act grew in widespread bipartisan support with 254 House cosponsors and 58 Senate cosponsors — more than half of Congress. The legislation was developed in close partnership between the sponsors, the Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM), and unanimously passed…

December 17, 2018 Herb

Senior man with his dog in park on an autumns day. Photo Credit: Rite Aid Weeks ago, photos captured Sully, a yellow Labrador retriever, who served as former President George H.W. Bush’s service dog for several months before he died, laying in front of the flag-draped coffin in the Capitol Rotunda. Sully, a service animal wearing a harness with embossed with a presidential seal, reminded us of personal and anecdotal stories of the potential benefits of pet ownership that can support older adults in retaining their physical and mental health, independence, social connectedness and engagement with others. As…

December 10, 2018 Herb

Garden Club of New Jersey volunteers decorate Drumthwacket annually in holiday finery. Photo Credit: The Drumthwacket Foundation Tis the season to be jolly…Get into the holiday spirit. With the holiday season fast approaching, Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy and partners Garden Club of New Jersey and the Drumthwacket Foundation, invite residents, family and staff of Hearthstone Estates and New Jersey residents to celebrate the Holidays at Drumthwacket, at the Governor’s official residence in Princeton. It’s a quick drive, only 46-miles (a 56-minute drive), from Lakewood to Princeton, to attend this widely anticipated annual…

December 4, 2018 Herb

Former President George H. W. Bush, June 12, 1924 to November 30, 2018 Just days ago, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 47, ordering U.S. and New Jersey flags to fly at half-staff to honor the life of former President George H.W. Bush, who died on November 30, 2018 from Parkinson-related complications at his home in Houston, Texas. The flags will be lowered until sunset on Sunday, December 30, 2018, consistent with federal law and directives. “A true American leader both at war and in peace, President Bush was kind, heroic, thoughtful, and of the…

November 29, 2018 Herb

Photo Credit: Department of Banking and Securities – PA.gov Today Trenton-based AARP New Jersey along with Assemblyman Roy Freiman, (D-16), the Anti-Poverty Network of NJ, Salvation and Social Justice, NJ Foundation for Aging, and Main Street Alliance, announced the results of new poll (of New Jersey voters ages 18-64) that revealed a sizable number of New Jerseyans are very concerned about financially surviving in their retirement years.  An even larger percentage support legislation that would provide for a public-private retirement savings option. At the Tele-Press Conference, held on November 28, the business, faith-based and community coalition,…

November 22, 2018 Herb

Just days ago, the New Jersey Department of Health released a report issued by The New Jersey Governor’s Advisory Council on the End-of-Life Care.  This report completes the charge to the Council, which convened in September 2016, and for 18 months operated independently under the umbrella of the state’s Department of Health. The Council’s report, released on November 21, 2018, calls for the improvement end-of-life care delivery in the Garden State. The 54 page report stresses the importance of establishing patient priorities and defining goals of care by more effective communication and better utilization of palliative care.  “New Jersey patients experience…

November 13, 2018 Herb

Photo Credit: states.aarp.org Across the Garden State more than 1 million family caregivers, many who juggle full-time jobs while helping their parents, spouses and other loved ones to remain at home, can now benefit from the state’s newly enacted Paid Sick Leave Act.  This new law took effect on Oct. 29, 2018.  New Jersey becomes the 10th state in the nation to require employers to provide paid sick leave – a lifesaver for working caregivers in our state. “There is no reason anyone should have to choose between economic security and their health,” said Governor Phil Murphy in…

November 5, 2018 Herb

 Just days ago, Heather Heppner, who serves as AARP Senior Regional Advisor, detailed survey findings on the AARP New Jersey website that found that a growing number of New Jerseyans have failed to take basic precautions necessary to protect themselves against identity theft.  As a result of this alarming problem, AARP New Jersey and the AARP Fraud Watch Network have launched a campaign in the Garden State to ratchet up the awareness of identity theft risks and educate New Jersey consumers as to how they can better protect their personal information. With Veteran’s Day less than a week away, AARP New…