NJFA News and Resources
Oct. 19, 2020
The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced on Oct. 13 that its annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will be 1.3 percent, an average boost to retirement benefits of about $20 per month for individuals starting in January.

Learn more at ssa.gov
Using the Elder Index in New Jersey

Last week we held the third and final webinar in our Policy Webinar Series. The topic was Elder Economic Security and we were joined by Jan Mutchler from the Gerontology Institute and Dennis McGowan from the NJ Division of Aging Services. A recording of the webinar can be seen on our YouTube channel- click here to access.

Elder Economic Security is part of NJFA's history and guides our advocacy work. That is why we are happy to continue working with the Division of Aging Services and the Gerontology Institute (GI). Last week, GI posted a story to their Institute Blog about how NJFA (and other partners) have used the Elder Index data to show the need for public programs and supports.

You can read the blog here.
Aging Insights
Right now on Aging Insights is the first of a two part series featuring interviews with several experts to ask them about the continued risk and long-term impact? In COVID-19: Now What? Part 1 we talk to Paula Span, NYT columnist, Althea Pestine-Stevens, a post-doctoral associate with the Rutgers School of Social Work and Amy Bauman from the Piscataway Twp Office on Aging.

Be sure to visit our YouTube channel where you can watch all of our previous episodes and other content (webinar recordings, virtual classes, etc). And be sure to subscribe so you don't miss any new episodes.

And even though we have a new episode out, you can still watch our episode on Medicare Open Enrollment, which began on Oct. 15th. Be sure to review your coverage and make any changes before Dec. 7th.

And remember, up next on Part Two of COVID 19- Now What?
Visit Old School- an online clearing house of anti-ageism resources, created by author of This Chair Rocks, Ashton Applewhite. (click the image above to visit the site).
Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Extending Utility Shutoff Moratorium Through March 15, 2021

NJFA has been at the forefront of revolutionizing the aging experience since 1998. It is the only statewide nonprofit focused solely on providing leadership in public policy and education to enable older adults to live with independence and dignity in their communities. NJFA’s social action issues include senior housing and hunger, elder economic security, older workers and transportation Our award-winning monthly TV program, Aging Insights, connects older adults and caregivers to community-based services and resources. Hopefully you've participated in and enjoyed our webinars and other educational forums such as our annual conference (held virtually in August of 2020 due to COVID-19) offering development opportunities and best practices for professionals entrusted with caring for seniors.

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