Town Hall

LANJDE Town Hall & Lessons of Leadership

A vital part of LeadingAge national’s public policy formulation process is the Town Hall Conversation they hold with state partner associations like ours. At Town Hall events, LeadingAge national staff have the opportunity to hear directly from you, the members. Results of the town hall conversations are shared within LeadingAge and are used to set national public policy priorities to help better represent your interests and the interests of older adults in Washington, D.C.

At LANJDE’s 2020 Town Hall, we heard from LeadingAge national’s policy experts on topics such as nursing homes, senior affordable housing, workforce, mental health & trauma and how the COVID-19 pandemic might shape our federal advocacy goals and efforts in the coming year.

To open the Town Hall event, we were joined by a very special guest – LeadingAge Board Chair, and President & CEO of The Jewish Home Family, Carol Silver Elliott who started us out with an inspiring conversation on Lessons of Leadership!


Carol Silver Elliott 

Carol Silver Elliott is the President and CEO of the Jewish Home Family, located in northern New Jersey.  Serving older adults for more than a century, the Jewish Home continuum of services includes the Jewish Home at Rockleigh, offering both long term care and short term rehabilitation; Jewish Home Assisted Living; Jewish Home at Home, providing home health care and adult medical day services; Jewish Home Foundation.  Prior to joining the Jewish Home Family in 2014, Silver Elliott served as the President and CEO of Cedar Village Retirement Community in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Silver Elliott began her career in acute care, serving strategic roles in marketing, planning and public relations.  Entering the world of older adult services in 2007, she immediately became involved on both a State and national level.  She serves on the board of the Association of Jewish Aging Services and served as chair of the board from 2013-2015.  She was a board member of LeadingAge Ohio and joined the board of LeadingAge New Jersey in 2015.  In 2012 Silver Elliott joined the board of LeadingAge, the organization that represents nonprofit senior care providers around the country, and currently serves as chair.

Passionate about elder abuse prevention, Silver Elliott was instrumental in founding the Shalom Center at Cedar Village in 2010 and in developing SeniorHaven at the Jewish Home in 2015.  She is the recipient of numerous State and national awards for innovation and leadership and has spoken at conferences both around the country and internationally.  Her biweekly blogs in The Times of Israel have been published continuously since 2015.

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