August 12, 2018 Herb

On July 18, the, D.C.-based AARP announced the awardees for its 2018 AARP Community Challenge program. A total of $1.3 million will be distributed to fund 129 “quick action” projects across the nation (two in New Jersey), helping communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress to support residents of all ages. “AARP has teams on the ground in communities across the country who hear from mayors, community leaders and local residents about the value of getting quick wins to create long-term change. We developed the Community Challenge Grant Program to answer that call and help build momentum for more…

August 6, 2018 Herb

To emphasize the continued need for vaccines throughout adulthood, New Jersey Department of Health (NJDoH) designated August as New Jersey’s Adult Vaccine-Preventable Disease Awareness and Improvement Month. Many New Jerseyans are not getting vaccinated to protect against vaccine-preventable diseases.  It is a vitally important time to start vaccinating the whole family—especially older adults. This vulnerable population is most at risk of contracting preventable communicable illnesses and accounts for the rmajority of diagnoses and deaths. During National Immunization Awareness Month, NJDoH is encouraging residents of Hearthstone Estates Assisted Living and New Jersey to make sure they are up-to-date with their immunizations to protect…

July 29, 2018 Herb

Photo Credit: AARP According to the Washington D.C.-based AARP, older voters have identified Medicare as one of their top policy issues in the upcoming mid-term elections, yet too many lawmakers fail to clearly understand the positive contributions Medicare makes to the nation’s economy and the health security of millions of Americans. Any candidates who fail to talk about how they would strengthen Medicare for future generations do so at their peril, says the nonprofit, representing over 35 million members. This year’s elections are some of the most important in our lifetimes, says AARP, warning that Medicare,…

July 16, 2018 Herb

Photo Credit: Western Michigan University A few days after July 4, bipartisan legislation to assist families impacted by the growing Opioid Crisis was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump.  Democrats and Republicans lawmakers have put aside their philosophical difference to support and pass the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchild Act (S. 1091) to create one-stop-shopping of resources to support seniors raising their grandchildren. U.S. Senate Aging Committee Chairman Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ranking Member Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the enacted legislation in the Senate in May 2017.   U.S. Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Peter King…

July 8, 2018 Herb

Photo Credit: AARP Older New Jersey seniors are not just getting their news from their local newspapers, the nation’s most-read magazine, AARP The Magazine, or from the local evening news, or from cable. Using internet technology, over three months ago, the Washington, D.C.-based AARP made digital audio files, or pod casts, available on the internet for downloading on a computer or mobile device, to provide tips on how seniors can protect themselves against fraud.  Using pod cast technology, the nation’s largest aging advocacy group now brings in-depth news interviews on timely topics to computer savvy seniors….

July 1, 2018 Herb

Photo Credit: AARP Your input on guardianship issues can be helpful to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging.  Every year, the Senate panel, charged with studying issues impacting older Americans, puts a spot light on this a pressing issue to provide best practice recommendations to policy makers in Congress.  This year, the Committee seeks comments from older adults, their families and New Jersey long-term care providers, to prepare its upcoming report on guardianship. According to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, guardianship is governed by state law and is a relationship created when a…

June 19, 2018 Herb

Photo Credit: AARP Blog Last month, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law one of the most expansive paid sick leave programs in the nation, fulfilling his commitment to support working families and strengthen New Jersey’s economy. New Jersey now joins a select group of states – nine plus the District of Columbia – that have enacted paid sick leave to provide earned compensation for workers who miss work due to illness or needing to take care of a sick loved one. “There is no reason anyone should have to choose between economic security and…

June 13, 2018 Herb

We’re proud of the fact that the designation of “Advanced Standing” has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health for Hearthstone Estates Assisted Living Facility because the Lakewood-based facility has successfully complied with ALL state, federal and local regulations that pertain to licensed assisted facilities in New Jersey. Hearthstone Estates Assisted Living has proven its dedication to providing quality programs and services to its residents by participating in the National Center for Assisted Living’s Quality Performance Measures Survey and meets the benchmarks for certain prescribed quality indicators specifically chosen by the Peer Review Panel of the Health Care…

May 24, 2018 Herb

Just days ago, S. 2155, The Senior Safe Act, a bipartisan bill authored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to help protect older American’s from financial exploitation and fraud, passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 258-159 as part of a bipartisan banking reform package after previously passing the Senate in March by a vote of 67-31.  Their legislation now heads to the President Donald J. Trump’s desk to be signed into law. S. 2155 will help prevent residents of Hearthstone Estates Assisted Living from becoming victims of fraud. As the Chairman and former Ranking…

May 17, 2018 Herb

With the graying of America, thirty-five percent of young adults age 18 to 39 already have experience providing care to an older person, according to The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research’s newly released 2018 Long-Term Care Poll findings. The Issue Brief, “Younger Adults’ Experiences and Views on Long-Term Care,” reporting the polls findings also reveals that younger Americans are skeptical that social safety net domestic programs will not be available to them when they need long-term care.  Just 1 in 10 young adults are very confident that Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security will provide the same level of…