Dear Editor:AARP New Jersey calls on U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez to maintain their strong and public opposition to the Senate’s health care legislation. It provides tens of billions in tax breaks for drug and insurance companies, while dramatically increasing costs and reducing coverage for Americans age 50+. Specifically, the legislation:Would allow insurance companies to charge older people an age tax or five times – or even more – than everyone else. On top of that, it reduces tax credits. Together, these changes could cost you tens of thousands of dollars more a year.Would strip away Medicaid coverage from more than half a million New Jerseyans and leave our seniors at risk of not getting the care they need.Would let states waive protections for those with a pre-existing condition like cancer, diabetes or asthma.Would cut funding for Medicare – leaving the door open to benefit cuts and Medicare vouchers.AARP will hold all 100 United States Senators accountable to our members. In New Jersey, we urge Senators Menendez and Booker to continue to oppose the Senate bill and stand with Garden State residents.Stephanie HunsingerState DirectorAARP New Jersey
Joanne Cheesman, a certified medication aide at United Methodist Communities at The Shores, and resident of Ocean City, NJ, received an Excellence in Care Award at the LeadingAge New Jersey Annual Awards Ceremony. Ocean City Resident Cited for Timeless Dedication and Stellar InteractionsOCEAN CITY, N.J. — United Methodist Communities at The Shores’ Administrator, Jessica Stewart, cited, “When the decision was made to establish a hospice residence last year, we started thinking about who would be the perfect associate to care for residents and families coping with end-of-life decisions. Hands down, one individual immediately came to mind. Once she accepted and I shared the operational narrative, she implemented systems to ensure comfortable and nurturing experiences.”Joanne Cheesman, a certified medication aide at United Methodist Communities at The Shores, and resident of Ocean City, NJ, received an Excellence in Care Award at the LeadingAge New Jersey Annual Awards Ceremony. The statewide association of not-for-profit senior care organizations advancing quality aging services, announced eight Excellence in Care Award recipients at the early December event held at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township. A second honoree represented The Shores’ sister community, United Methodist Communities at Francis Asbury.People of all persuasions wrote letters to support Cheesman’s award nomination. “With a 14-year reputation for stellar interactions with The Shores’ residents and their families, I have come to know and appreciate her work ethic and capability. She demonstrates the perfect combination of emotional and direct care support,” exclaimed Pam Garofolo, director of memory support. “Joanne has an understanding of those who are vulnerable and a gift for end-of-life care.”In 2011, United Methodist Communities committed to a 10-year term sponsoring the LeadingAge New Jersey Excellence in Care Awards. They recognize outstanding nominees from LeadingAge New Jersey member organizations in direct staff positions who have enhanced the lives of residents or staff through acts of kindness, giving and selfless care and support with exceptional quality and passion.Although directors, nurses or managers usually run with a new program, Joanne set up tasks, personalized laundry services, made recommendations for meals, assistance with eating schedules and best methods for Bridges at The Shores. Additionally, she brainstormed with others to determine activities that matched each residents’ abilities.=To view a video highlighting Cheesman, visit:For additional information about United Methodist Communities at The Shores or Bridges at The Shores, visit UMCommunities.org/TheShores or call Patti Smith at 609-399-8505.About The ShoresThe Shores is owned and operated by the United Methodist Communities which was established in April 1907 in Ocean Grove. With approximately 240 residents of all faith backgrounds, The Shores, a care continuum, offers Residential Living, Assisted Living, Memory Support, Long Term Care, Short Term Rehabilitation, Respite and Hospice. The six-acre site has access to Ocean City’s beaches, boardwalk, Music Pier, Aquatic Center, and cultural activities in “America’s Greatest Family Resort.” For additional information about The Shores visit UMCommunities.org/TheShores or call 609-399-8505. About United Methodist CommunitiesUnited Methodist Communities is a not-for-profit organization guided by a volunteer board of directors affiliated in ministry with the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey. The mission of the United Methodist Communities is compassionately serving in community so that all are free to choose abundant life. With over 109 years of continuous operation, the organization has grown to ten communities offering affordable senior housing, independent and assisted living, long term care, rehabilitation, memory support, respite, and hospice to persons of all faith backgrounds. In 2016, United Methodist Communities launched HomeWorks, which focuses on in-home care for seniors.