Age-Friendly North Jersey Newsletter

Volume 2, Issue 9:

November, 2022

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Let's Check Out New Developments:


Inclusive Communities Program Dovetails with Age-Friendly Work

An inclusive community doesn’t stop at removing physical barriers; it creates a welcoming environment for all. New Jersey’s Inclusive Healthy Communities Grant program supports local leaders to make policies, systems, and environmental changes. There are many ways in which this effort led by the NJ Division of Disability Services aligns with the age-friendly movement.

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With thanks to Jackie Kates, Kate Kelly, Jennifer Walker and Colleen Diskin

Let's Celebrate

Work Begins on Senior Housing/Age-Friendly Hub in Teaneck 

The Bright Side Family, which leads the Age-Friendly Teaneck initiative, celebrated the groundbreaking for a new 40-unit affordable senior apartment building at a Nov. 2 ceremony. The five-story building will have ground-floor community space to serve as an age-friendly hub of health, wellness, and social engagement programming for tenants and older adults throughout Teaneck.

Age-Friendly North Jersey Submitted Written and Verbal Testimony at the Department of Human Services Budget Listening Session

A special thank you to the 33 AFNJ participants who co-signed the written testimony, and to Colleen Diskin for delivering verbal testimony. You can watch the entire listening session here; Colleen speaks from 11:40-14:42.

Together, we can amplify what we have learned from community leadership to make an impact throughout New Jersey.

If you have exciting news to share, such as awards received or presentations given, please contact Althea (, so that we can feature your accomplishments in an upcoming newsletter.

Let's Meet

Wednesday, Nov. 30

4 to 5 pm, Zoom

Age-Friendly Advocacy in Local Government

Want to engage more in local advocacy but aren't sure where to start? Join us for a panel conversation with councilmembers and a village manager to learn about local advocacy processes and key players.

Register here to receive the Zoom link.

Let's Grow

Here are some upcoming opportunities:

Seeds grants are available from Community Heart & Soul for resident-driven community engaged projects. This opportunity is especially relevant for communities with less than 30,000 residents. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. 

More information here.

Emergent Rapid Response Organizing grants are available from Emergent Fund. 

Applications for creative, community organizing efforts that respond to timely issues are reviewed on a rolling bases. More information here.

Two webinars of note will be taking place on November 18:

Let's Learn Together

Check out our Padlet to view more articles, discussion posts, upcoming events, job opportunities, and other curated resources.

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