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A new Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) opened in Hackensack, Sept. 15. An ADRC is a "one-stop-shop" for older adults and others to gain access to senior services such as home and community-based long-term care supportive services.
Part of AARP’s mission is to make sure that those who wish to stay in their homes and communities as they age should be able to for as long as that makes sense. The ADRC supports this ideal by helping older adults gain access to the supportive services they need.
Several counties already feature ADRCs, but now all residents of Bergen County can take advantage of this vital resource. Plus, the expansion of these centers chips away at the slow process of rolling out the Independence, Dignity and Choice in Long-Term Care Act, passed in 2006.
The AARP New Jersey State Office will continuing to push for the roll-out of the Independence, Dignity and Choice in Long-Term Care Act. County by county, this law is designed to help people stay in their homes and communities as long as possible. With further support, more ADRC’s can become a reality in New Jersey.
Residents of Senator Loretta Weinberg’s district should call the Senator to thank her for her support of the ADRC at (201) 928-0100. Senator Weinberg was also the prime sponsor of the Independence, Dignity & Choice in Long-Term Care Act of 2006 which AARP championed. Senator Weinberg actually said that “AARP was the chief ‘nudge’ in getting this bill passed in 2006!”
For more information, the latest Independence, Dignity and Choice annual report is now posted online.
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