Jewish Home Family’s president and CEO, Carol Silver Elliott, has been installed as chair of the board of LeadingAge, a national organization that brings together more than 6,000 nonprofit elder care member organizations and partners representing the entire field of aging services.
Since 2014, Ms. Silver Elliott has led the Jewish Home Family, the parent organization of the Jewish Home at Rockleigh, Jewish Home Assisted Living, Jewish Home Foundation, and Jewish Home at Home. Ms. Silver Elliott was selected unanimously by the LeadingAge board of directors and addressed the organization’s national convention in San Diego. The organization has 39 state associations, hundreds of businesses, consumer groups, foundations and research centers. LeadingAge also is a part of the Global Ageing Network, whose membership spans 30 countries.
“We must shift the country’s mindset from thinking about aging as a health care issue to a broader societal one,” Ms. Silver Elliott said. “Regardless of our date of birth, we are all entitled to be treated as individuals, with respect and attention. We deserve the opportunity to express ourselves, to be addressed directly and not through a third party — well-meaning though they may be. None of us would choose to be marginalized or disenfranchised; why would we allow it to happen to our older adults?”
Ms. Silver Elliott was chair of the Association of Jewish Aging Services from 2013 to 2015, and she is a member of the boards of LeadingAge New Jersey and the Visiting Nurse Association.
“I am honored to serve in this role,” Ms. Silver Elliott said. “I am committed to ensuing quality of life for older adults and believe that strong, nonprofit organizations are key to that effort. I look forward to working with my colleagues and with the staff of LeadingAge to help keep the issues and needs of our aging population in the forefront of public attention and political action.”