January 2018

Welcome to  Age-Friendly Englewood, a project of 50+ nonprofits,  civic 
organizations and houses of worship working with  City  government 
-- as well as individual residents --  to help  make 
Englewood, NJ, 
a fantastic place for older adults 
to age 
in place with dignity and independence. 

An age-friendly Englewood is a city that is 
a fantastic place for people of all ages!
Well, the weather outside is certainly
frightful, but we're hoping this newsletter will provide you with some interesting information and perhaps even some entertainment during this very cold, snowy and blustery time.  

Stay inside and stay warm!

Oh - and Happy New Year!!
Livable Communities Trends

By Janet Sharma
Coordinator, Age-Friendly Englewood

In November I was fortunate to attend, courtesy of AARP, the 2017 Livable Communities Conference in Dallas.  During two days chock full of engaging speakers, workshops and site visits, I learned a great deal about what is going on around the country and the world that is helping to to make communities more livable for people of all ages.

Below are videos by just two of the outstanding presenters at the conference. One is about transportation, focusing on the advent of driverless cars (autonomous vehicles - or AVs).  The other is about walkability.

Robin Chase is the founder of Zipcar, which has revolutionized the car rental business in heavily populated areas through car sharing. She envisions a vastly different future in the way we will get from here to there. 

Jeff Speck is  a city planner and urban designer who advocates internationally for more walkable cities.  

AARP has a wealth of information about livable communities on its extensive website.    Click here to check it out!

It Takes a Village!

As many of you know who are reading this, Englewood   is a great place to live, raise a family, build friendships, engage in community activities and reap the benefits of excellent health care, cultural and commercial resources.
Many older adults in our area hope to remain comfortably in their own homes and continue to enjoy Englewood and all it offers.  What may help is developing a "village." By working together, residents can achieve the goal of establishing networks of community support and services that best serve our evolving needs.
All those who are interested in sharing ideas, concerns and information are invited to join a group of like-minded seniors for an organizational meeting:

Tuesday, January 16th
10:00 A.M. 
Englewood Public Library
The goal is to develop a plan and outline strategies to make a truly Age Friendly Englewood a sustainable reality for all.

Coming Soon!

Age-Friendly Englewood is publishing a comprehensive Directory of Services for Englewood's senior adults!  We are currently compiling listings of the wide variety of low-cost, nonprofit and government services in and near Englewood.

We are also accepting advertisements from local businesses and providers of services to older adults.  If interested, respond soon as we are just about ready to go to press.
For more information, click here!  

Afraid of Falling?

The Dutch Have a Solution!

The Dutch, like many elsewhere, are living longer than in previous generations, often alone. As they do, courses that teach them not only how to avoid falling, but how to fall correctly, are gaining popularity.

(photo by Jasper Juinen for The New York Times)
Bergen County Division of Senior Services

Bergen County is blessed to have a really fine Division of Senior Services,
which also serves as our Area Agency on Aging.  The DSS provides  a broad
range of programs and resources for older adults, their families and those 
who care for them and about them.

Links to area activities are provided below.  Most activities are available at little or no charge.

Alzheimers New Jersey offers numerous community education programs every month.

Arts for Life is  sponsoring acting and dancercize classes  this winter.  

Englewood Department of Parks & Recreation offers several programs throughout the year. 
Englewood Public Library hosts bookgroups, discussions and shows FREE classic movies.

One of Englewood's best features is its  beautiful parks! Get outside for a brisk winter walk!

Flat Rock Brook Nature Center's 3+ miles of trails are open dawn to dusk daily; the Center also hosts guided walks and a number of programs that point out seasonal changes in Englewood's own urban forest!
Kaplan JCC on the Palisades  offers a full-service day program with Kosher lunch and very low cost transportation plus a calendar jam-packed with activities, which are FREE.

Palisades Interstate Park is huge and has numerous programs throughout the park every month.  Check out their many beautiful sites and activities!

SESCIL (South East Senior Center for Independent Living) offers a broad range of activities. You can attend your first activity at no charge; to join, and participate in as many activities as you wish, the cost is just $25 for a  FULL YEAR!
Senior Source in The Shops at Riverside (Riverside Square) offers activities free of charge weekday mornings through early afternoon.

Women's Rights Information Center offers programs mostly (but not always) for women of all ages.
Contact Information for Activities Listed Above

Alzheimers New Jersey
690 Kinderkamack Rd., #300
Oradell, NJ 07649
Helpline: 888-280-6055

Arts for Life

Englewood Public Library 
31 Engle St.
Englewood, NJ 07631

Flat Rock Book

443 Van Nostrand Avenue Englewood, NJ 07631
Englewood Parks & Rec.
Liberty School

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades 
 411 E Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ 07670
South East Senior Center for Independent Living
228 Grand Avenue
Englewood NJ 07631
Senior Source
The Shops at Riverside
Hackensack, NJ 07601
201-342- 0962

Palisades Interstate Park

Women's Rights Information Center
108 W Palisade Ave
Englewood, NJ 07631

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Age-Friendly Englewood Coalition
Janet Sharma, Coordinator