Age-Friendly North Jersey Newsletter

Volume 3, Issue 5:

July-August, 2023

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Thanks for Joining Us in Westwood!

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We had a great time learning and networking in Westwood on July 19.

Much thanks are due to:

  • Speakers from Westwood for All Ages, the library, municipal senior services, and recreation department.
  • Hosts at the Westwood Community Center and the Westwood Ambassadors.
  • Lisa Bontemps for planning, logistics, and sharing a map and list of community spaces and recommended dining in Westwood.
  • Tom Franklin for taking great photos of the event.

Click here for slides from the library's presentation.

Click here for the senior services and Westwood for All Ages presentation (scroll all the way through to see some great photos).

Click here for the recreation department's presentation.

Let's Check Out New Developments:


Strengthening Advocacy on Age-Friendly Infrastructure

The Regional Plan Association has embarked on an effort to help Age-Friendly North Jersey leaders achieve transportation, housing and parks improvements in their communities. 

Read more.

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Let's Celebrate!

Congrats to the 2023 AARP Challenge Grant Winners

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Eight grants were made to New Jersey communities in this year's AARP Community Challenge grant program. From Age-Friendly North Jersey, the Borough of Glen Rock received a Capacity-Building Microgrant for Walkability. More info here.

New Age-Friendly Publication From the Alliance

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The September 2022 New Jersey Age-Friendly Virtual Fair team has published a commentary in the Journal of Gerontological Social Work. This article draws from theory on how community events can help bolster local age-friendly efforts and expands this phenomenon to the statewide level. Read here.

New Funded Projects

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Age-Friendly Teaneck has been awarded an Inclusive Healthy Communitees (IHC) grant for their new Community Begins at Home initiative. This demonstration project is intended to help people with disabilities remain in their homes of choice.

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A team at the Rutgers Hub for Aging Collaboration has received funding from the Eugene Washington PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute) Engagement Awards Program. This project aims to build relationships between Village members and researchers. This project is led in partnership with Village to Village Network and RAND Corporation. Read more here.

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Let's Meet

Regional Plan Associates (RPA) hosted fantastic webinars on Parks and Open Spaces and Transportation. Don't miss their upcoming program on Age-Friendly Housing, August 15

On September 7, learn about the many property tax programs relevant to older New Jerseyans. This webinar is co-hosted by the Age-Friendly NJ Statewide Collaborative and New Jersey Advocates for Aging Well.

Registration is open for the Age-Friendly Bergen County Roundtable Conference, which will be held on September 22 in Paramus. The event is free to attend, but registration is required.

For an overview of upcoming programs relevant to Age-Friendly North Jersey, please see this flyer.

Let's Learn Together

  • Learn about the benefits of having friendships across ages and life stages from a Washington Post article. Read here.

  • Confused about all of the property tax relief programs in NJ that are relevant to older adults? The Senior Citizens Council of Union County has put together a helpful infographic. Read here.

  • Did you know that Ageism Awareness Day is October 7? The American Society on Aging has put together materials that you can use in your community. More here.
Check out our Padlet to view more articles, discussion posts, upcoming events, job opportunities, and other curated resources.

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