Jersey has one of the largest senior citizen populations in the
one in seven residents of this State is at least sixty-five years
of age and, it is anticipated that, in thirty years, one in four
New Jerseyans will be at least sixty-five years old; and
demographic projections indicate a critical need to anticipate and
develop responses to the likely need of large numbers of elderly
residents of this State for elder care and the needs of their care
I CHRISTINE TODD WHITMAN, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by
virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by
the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER AND DIRECT:
is hereby established in the Department of Health and Senior Services
the New Jersey Advisory Council on Elder Care.
2. The Council
shall be composed of 17 members as follows: three members of the
Senate to be appointed by the President of the Senate, no more
than two of whom shall be members of the same political party;
three members of the General Assembly, to be appointed by the
Speaker of the General Assembly, no more than two of whom shall
be members of the same political party; the Commissioner of the
Department of Health and Senior Services, a Deputy Commissioner
of the Department of Health and Senior Services, and the Director
of Senior Services or their designees; and eight public members,
all of whom shall be appointed by the Governor, who shall have
an interest or expertise in issues pertaining to elder care.
3. It shall
be the responsibility of the New Jersey Advisory Council on Elder
Care to gather and evaluate information on the current and perceived
future service needs of senior citizens and those caring for them,
and to determine the current needs of independent elders and those
anticipated during the next 25 years.
shall, in particular, focus on the following issues: (1) the kinds
of support or choices that care givers need now and will need
in the future to help their patients, parents or loved ones maintain
their dignity and independence; (2) the expectations that middle-aged
persons currently have about the kind of care they will receive
as senior citizens during the next 25-year period and how they
expect to pay for that care; (3) the service delivery system that
needs to be established or modified to meet anticipated elder
care needs, and the kinds of legislative or policy decisions necessary
for this purpose; and (4) the kinds of accommodations that need
to be made for senior citizens who want to utilize various long-term
4. The Council
as soon as practicable following the appointment of its members.
The Governor shall appoint a chairperson from among its members.
The council members shall serve without compensation.
Council shall meet at the call of the chairperson at the times
and in the places deemed appropriate and necessary to fulfill
its charge. The council shall be entitled to call to its assistance
and avail itself of the services of officials and employees
of any State department, board, bureau, commission or agency
as it may require and as may be available to it for its purposes.
5. The Council
shall present a report of its findings and recommendations to
the Governor and the Legislature no later than six months after
the date of its initial meeting.
Order shall take effect immediately.
under my hand and seal
this 28th day of September in the
Year of Our Lord, One Thousand
Nine Hundred and Ninety Eight,
and of the Independence of the
United States, the Two Hundred
Christine Todd Whitman
/s/ John J.
Chief Counsel to the Governor