ASK – Aging Services Kiosk
Union County residents seeking information about services available for adults age 60 and older and their caregivers have the opportunity to meet one on one with Division on Aging staff!
Our Aging Services Kiosk, or ASK, travels throughout Union County to provide information about services such as home delivered meals, respite care, home care, adult day care, support services for caregivers and much more.
The ASK program brings our knowledgeable, experienced Division on Aging staff based in Elizabeth to locations that, for some, may be more convenient to reach.
Assistance with completing applications and forms is also available at these sites. Any senior, and their family members or caregivers, can visit any of the ASK locations for assistance.
Caregiving is the act of providing unpaid assistance and support to family members or friends who have physical, psychological, or developmental needs. Caregiving can range from hands-on care with bathing and grooming, daily visits to check on the person’s well-being, to shopping for groceries or supplies.
There are over 1.06 million caregivers in New Jersey alone and more than a quarter of the adult population has provided care for a chronically ill, disabled, or older family member at some time. Caregivers are twice as likely as non-caregivers to report physical and mental health complications and experience 63% more mortality risks than non-caregivers. In addition, family caregiving accounts for 80% of the long term care provided in the US. (www.njcaregivers.org)
The Division on Aging offers two State-funded caregiver-specific programs to provide relief and assistance to unpaid caregivers: Jersey Assistance for Community Caregiving (JACC) and the Statewide Respite Care Program.
Farmers’ Market Program
The Seniors Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) provides locally grown unprepared fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs to eligible seniors 60 years of age and older. The New Jersey Department of Agriculture, in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, administers the programs. Local farmers are recruited and trained to be Certified Farmer Vendors Seniors FMNP.
Each eligible Senior receives vouchers that can be redeemed for fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs grown by local farmers. The checks/vouchers are only valid from June 1st through November 30th. The Union County Division on Aging is responsible for coordinating each market and distributing the vouchers to all eligible Union County seniors.
Union County has a Senior Café near you offering a healthy, delicious lunch for adults age 60 and older. In addition to tasty, nutritionally balanced meals designed by our Registered Dietician, educational and social programs will add fun to your Senior Café Experience!
The suggested donation for a meal is $1.75. All donations collected help feed more people. To make a reservation at one of our locations, please call the Café of your choice at least two days in advance. Lunch is served Monday through Friday, unless otherwise noted.
All lunches include:
- Juice or Soup
- Meat, Fish or Poultry
- Potato, Pasta or Rice, Vegetables
- Choice of Hot or Cold Beverage
Please note: due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Senior Cafes remain closed to the public. The County is temporarily offering “Grab and Go” meals twice a week throughout the County at designated senior centers. Reservations must be made in advance.
The County of Union presents this online resource directory as a tool for interested users.
The County of Union does not expressly endorse nor is directly affiliated with any of the listed agencies and organizations presented herein. This resource directory is solely a tool to aid users and is not meant to be a comprehensive source of information. The views of the agencies and organizations expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the County of Union.
“Congress hereby finds and declares that, in keeping with the traditional American concept of the inherent dignity of the individual in our democratic society, the older people of our Nation are entitled to, and it is the joint and several duties and responsibilities of the governments of the United States and of the several States and their political subdivisions to assist our older people to secure equal opportunity to the full and free enjoyment” of these objectives: “Freedom, independence, and free exercise of individual initiative in planning and managing their own lives and full participation in the planning and operation of community-based services and programs provided for their benefit.”Older Americans Act of 1965, as Amended
Services for LGBT Seniors
LGBT Older Adults make up 2.7 million people in the United States (Generations, 2016.) This number is expected to more than double by the year 2030. As community agencies and organizations prepare for this surge, understanding the various and specific needs of the LGBT older adults and their caregivers becomes even more essential in the provision of care and advocacy.
The Union County Division on Aging is committed to addressing the unique needs of our diverse community members through our ongoing, collaborative efforts with the nation’s leading agencies. To ensure that our work is inclusive and sensitive, we have connected with SAGE (Advocacy and Services for LGBT Seniors) and were awarded the Bronze certification. Together, we will continue to advocate for the needs of the LGBT seniors in Union County. For more information on SAGE, please visit them at www.sageusa.org.
Social Security has provided financial protection for our nation’s people for over 80 years. Chances are, you either receive Social Security benefits or know someone who does. With retirement, disability, and survivors benefits, Social Security is one of the most successful anti-poverty programs in our nation’s history.
Special Needs Registry
New Jersey’s Special Needs Registry for Disasters allows New Jersey residents with disabilities or access and functional needs and their families, friends, caregivers and associates an opportunity to provide information to emergency response agencies so emergency responders can better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergency.