Trenton -- The New Jersey Foundation for Aging (NJFA) hosted its 13th Annual Conference on Friday, June 3, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza in Jamesburg.
This year’s conference featured two nationally recognized keynote speakers. Starting off the day was Joe Baker of Medicare Rights who informed the audience of what to expect from the Affordable Care Act. The information was well received by the crowd who were anxious to learn more from Mr. Baker. Speaking to the audience over lunch was, Dr. Peter Gillies, founding Director of the New Jersey Institute on Food, Nutrition and Health who presented information regarding diet and exercise for a healthy life. The crowd enjoyed Dr. Gillies high energy and his catch phrase, eat well, live well, eat bad, live sad.
Pictured left to right: NJFA Board Chair Roberto Muñiz, presenter Joe Baker, and NJFA Board Member Dr. John Heath
Presenters left to right: Lynn Fields-Harris of Center in the Park educating about diabetes, Bonnie Arkus, RN of Women’s Heart Foundation educating about heart disease and implementing prevention projects, and Anita Linton of
NJ Barbershop Initiative educating African American men about prostate cancer.
The conference also featured morning and afternoon concurrent sessions topics included: Physiological Changes in Smell and Taste of the Elderly with Marcia Pelchat, PH.D, Monell Institute, University of Pennsylvania; The Ethical and Legal Response: Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment POLST, featuring, David Barile, MD and Helen Blank, Ph.D; Outreach Models for Reaching Diverse Populations in Order to Manage Chronic Disease and to Empower
Older Adults: Heart, Prostate, Diabetes; Tony Serra, Esq. presented about a program titled Volunteer Guardianship One-On-One Center (an NJFA grantee); and Strategies for Enhancing Senior Participation in Food and Nutritional Programs.
NJFA would like to thank the sponsors of the 13th Annual Conference: Novo Nordisk, Thomas and Theresa Berry Foundation, Society on Aging of NJ, NJ Association of Area Agencies on
Aging, AmeriGroup, Harmony Information Systems, Roche, Francis E. Parker Memorial Home, Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NJ and Care One. Exhibitors at this year’s conference included, CST- Your Link to Life, AMRamp, Heath Village, GA Foods, Visiting Physicians, Wedgewood Gardens, Abby Lifts and Valley Services.
To learn more about the work of the New Jersey Foundation for Aging, visit www.njfoundationforaging.org or call 609-421-0206. The New Jersey Foundation for Aging was established in 1998 to create ongoing financial support for aging services in New Jersey. The general purpose is to empower older adults to live in the community with independence and dignity.
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