August 28, 2018 Herb

U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Ranking Member Bob Casey (D-PA) This month, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Ranking Member Bob Casey (D-PA) secured the Senate’s approval for $300,000 to establish an advisory council, created by the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act (S. 1091), which would help grandparents raising grandchildren find resources they need. This funding was passed by the Senate as part of H.R. 6157 (see Hearthstone Estates July 16 blog article). According to the Senate Aging panel, approximately 2.6 million children are being raised by their grandparents or other relatives and experts expect this number to increase as…

August 22, 2018 Herb

New Jersey Assemblyman Roy Freiman (D-Dist. 16) According to David John and Gary Keonig, authors of the 2015 AARP Public Policy Institute Study, “Workplace Retirement Plans Will Help Workers Build Economic Security,” over half of New Jersey workers – 1. 7 million people – do not have access to a retirement savings plan through their employer.  The study’s authors warn that Social Security is critical to retirement security of Older Americans but does not provide enough for an individual to depend on during their retirement.  They note that the average Social Security benefit for age 65…

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 23, 2018 Herb

Photo Credit: AARP A Portrait of Norman Lear The Washington, DC-based AARP announces the debut of its TV for Grownups® Honors on July 24, 3028, at the Sunset Hotel.  This show follows on the footsteps of AARP’s wildly successful Movies for Grownups® Awards. Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Rita Moreno will present the award to Lear. Tomorrow’s event will be hosted by actress Wendie Malick, with notable guests including Dick Van Dyke, Frances Fisher, Marla Gibbs, Bob Saget, Adrienne Barbeau, Chuck Lorre and more. The upcoming program celebrates the career achievement of iconic television pioneer…

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….