Let's Check Out New Developments:
New Panel, New Goals to Help Shape NJ Age-Friendly Work
New Jersey’s Age-Friendly State Advisory Council officially begins its work in March. The council is one of several new steps being taken as New Jersey’s local and state leaders join forces to make the Garden State more livable for people of all ages.

Another notable development is the Department of Human Services' five-year Strategic Plan on Aging. It prioritizes promoting “age-friendly best practices across the state” as one of 7 key goals. 

Authored by Colleen Diskin. Special thanks to Dr. Emily Greenfield and Cheryl Ricci-Francione for their contributions.
Let's Recap
Our New Leaders series continued on February 9 and focused on strategies for moving from assessment data to action planning to impact.
A panel of experienced age-friendly leaders from Age-Friendly Englewood, Generations For Garfield, and Age-Friendly Teaneck shared lessons learned from their data journeys. Panelists gave advice to leaders at all stages of their age-friendly community development, such as how to assemble the right team and how to leverage multiple data sources to maximize impact.
Missed the meeting or would like a refresher?
Click the video above or here to watch a recording of our panel.
Let's Meet
March 9, 9:30-11am
Alliance Meeting
"May is Older Americans Month!..?”
May will be here before we know it! Let's come together to discuss strategies to increase awareness and age-inclusivity, and embed age-friendly into our communities.
April 26, 4-5:00pm
New Leaders Networking
Share, Brainstorm, and Connect
AFNJ New Leaders are all at various stages of their age-friendly community journeys. Join us for an afternoon check-in where we can all share our progress, ask each other questions, and brainstorm ways to move forward together.
Let's Grow
Here are some exciting external funding and recognition opportunities:
The New Jersey Division of Disibility Services announces its second round of Inclusive Healthy Communities grants. Letters of Intent are due March 7, and proposals are due March 23.
The Federal Broadband Benefit continues through The Affordable Connectivity Program to help households access high-speed internet for work, school, healthcare, and more.
AARP Challenge Grants applications are open! Proposals are due March 22. The program provides small grants to fund "quick-action" projects.
Nominate an innovative project, plan, or initiative for NJ Future's Smart Growth Award. Nominations are due March 15.
Matching awards for equity-focused green projects:
Applications are due April 13.
Let's Learn Together
Upcoming webinars, workshops, and other learning opportunities:

  • Calling all housing professionals and service providers in New Jersey! The Center for Supportive Housing (CSH) is hosting a Healthy Aging Academy starting March 17. Space is limited, and registration is required.

Resources on social inequalities and aging:

  • Take this survey from Generations United about programs and activities that engage diverse, intergenerational communities.
Check out our Padlet to view more articles, discussion posts, upcoming events, job opportunities, and other curated resources.
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