"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  
Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
                                                                                                                 Margaret Mead

Julia Stoumbos (left)   Renie Carniol (right)

Julia - Program Officer, Taub Foundation

​Renie - Director, Grotta Fund for Senior Care  

Seniors for Seniors is a consumer education program of the nonprofit Commission on Accreditation of Home Care in New Jersey.  It gives seniors a voice by providing intensive training that equips them with critical knowledge and advocacy skills so they can function as effective change agents on senior issues in their communities.  It provides trainees with the tools and methodologies to effectively articulate needs and solutions to elected officials, government representatives, the media, and the public at large. 

The Seniors for Seniors Program’s instructors include prominent elected officials and experts in senior services.  They instruct participants on advocacy issues at the federal, state, county and municipality level and they provide up to date information about programs and issues that can and will affect seniors.   Just a few of the issues include:  economic insecurity, needs of caregivers, housing, elder abuse, and services for isolated older persons. 

At the completion of training, each trainee selects a topic and develops a strategy for advocacy.  Graduates continue to meet regularly and receive support as they work to improve the living situations of our community’s elders. 

Helen Hamlin

International Federation on Ageing at the United Nations

Economic Commission for Europe International Task Force

William "Pat" Schuber

County Executive of Bergen County

Asst Professor - Fairleigh Dickinson University

NJ State Assembly - Mayor of Bogota

Team Building

Professor Lou Ruvolo

Director of Graduate Business Programs, St. Peter's University


Graduation Guest Speaker

Ria Sklar


Special Services - Bergen County Schools

Linda Cross

Division of Senior Services Bergen County

Coordinator - Bergen County SHIP Program

John Birkner

Mayor of Westwood

Bergen County Utilities Authoriy

Lynn Bartlett

Executive Director

Housing Authority of Bergen County

Seated (left to right): Miriam "Mimi" Tausner, Edwina Hibel,

Julia Farrell, Ellen Stein, Maureen Italiano 

Standing (left to right): Dr. Irwin Talbot, Peter VanderMeulen,

Gideon Karlick, Andrew Abraham, Warren Oates, Marvin Golland

Grace Egan

Executive Director

NJ Foundation for Aging

Dr. Joseph V. Doria, Jr.

Comm of NJ Dept of Community Affairs

Dean - St. Peter's University

NJ State Assembly, NJ State Senate


Maura DiNicola

Bergen County Freeholder

Mayor of Franklin Lakes

Senator Loretta Weinberg

New Jersey Senate Majority Leader

New Jersey State Senate  District 37

​NJ State Assembly