FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 7, 2008

ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO ANNOUNCES

DIVISION ON AGING HAS CHANGED ITS NAME TO

ESSEX COUNTY DIVISION OF SENIOR SERVICES

Division of Senior Services Director Becomes

President of New Jersey Area Agencies on Aging Association

East Orange, NJEssex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and the Essex County Division of Aging officially announced the name change on Friday, March 7th. The new name better indicates the enhanced programs and services now offered through the Division.

“There is a large and active population of older residents in Essex County that benefit greatly from the programs and services we provide through our Division of Senior Services. This new name better describes the wide array of programs available that help improve quality of life and help keep them active in the community,” said Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.

The Essex County Division of Senior Services, located at 50 South Clinton Street, Suite 3200 in East Orange, is the primary center for planning, program development and coordination of services to persons age 60 and over in Essex County. The Division is the designated Area Agency on Aging for Essex County and it allocates approximately $13 million in Federal and State funds to community-based agencies and in-house programs to provide a wide variety of direct services to older adults. The Division’s services are targeted to individuals with the most significant social and economic needs.

“Our Division offers programs and assistance to keep our seniors active and involved in the community as opposed to ‘just getting old,’” said Division of Senior Services Director Jaklyn DeVore. “We have a large senior population in the County and our goal is to continue to encourage them to stay active. I think our new name does just that,” she added.

DIVISION OF SENIOR SERVICES INCLUDE:

Adult Day Care

Adult Protective Services

Assisted Transportation

Caregiver Assistance

NJ State Caregiver Assistance

Programs: JACC; CAP

Title IIIE Family Caregiver Support Services

Adult Day Care

Home Health Aide

Home Modifications (ramps)

In-home Mental Health Counseling

Legal Services

Socialization / Recreation –

Grandparent Caregivers

Care Management

Certified Home Health Aide

Dental Health Services

Emergency Heating/Cooling Program

Essex County WorkForce 55+

Financial Counseling: Friend/Advocate

Health Insurance Counseling (SHIP)

Home Delivered Meals

Home Friend (in-home chore service)

Information & Assistance (NJ EASE)

Legal Services

Nursing Home Ombudsman

Nutrition Sites

Outreach

Residential Repair

Respite Services

Senior Citizen Newspaper – Essex Advisor

Telephone Reassurance

Transportation

Visiting Nurse

New Jersey Area Agencies on Aging Association (NJ4A)

In addition, DiVincenzo congratulated DeVore on her recent election as President of the New Jersey Agencies on Aging Association (NJ4A). The Association serves as a statewide advocate for New Jersey senior citizens, encourages agencies to maintain high standards of professionalism and service in the field of aging, serves as liaison to the New Jersey Division of Aging and Community Services, and gathers and disseminate information concerning the needs of older adults.

“Jaklyn DeVore has played an integral role in the advancement of the County’s Division of Senior Services over the years,” said DiVincenzo. “We know she will do a phenomenal job representing the seniors in the State with the same sense of professionalism, dedication and compassion that she has done here in Essex,” he added.

“It is an honor to serve as President of NJ4A and to lead a group of highly motivated professionals, representing all 21 Counties, as we advocate for the seniors in the State,” said DeVore. “Seniors are an important segment of our population, who often get pushed aside and we will not allow this to occur in New Jersey,” she added.

The Association was instrumental in working with the State Division on Aging to promote the concept of NJ EASE (Easy Access Single Entry). It also solidified the work of the Offices on Aging (AAAs) to improve access for seniors through “one stop” centers, which provide comprehensive information and assistance on home and community service. Today, New Jersey’s Area Agencies on Aging annually handle over 500,000 calls for information and assistance.

The Older Americans Act was established in the early 1970s to enable counties to fund programs that fostered the independence of older persons in their own homes. The Act supports congregate nutrition centers, home-delivered meals, home care, adult day care, respite care, and community-based programs such as outreach, information and assistance, transportation, legal services, home repairs, senior centers, and other beneficial programs to senior citizens. A network of aging services has been developed through the years, with the County Offices on Aging having the responsibility to ensure that these services are coordinated and serve the varying needs of the senior citizens in their Counties.

The Essex County Division of Senior Services is a New Jersey EASE (Easy Access Single Entry) site, which provides older adults, their families, and other concerned individuals information about, and referral or linkage to, community services. The NJ EASE unit arranges for home visits by outreach staff to help seniors assess their needs and access services. The NJ EASE Information and Assistance Unit can be reached at 973-395-8375 or 1-877-222-3737. Individuals with hearing impairments can call the New Jersey Relay Service (711V/TTY) to access information.