December 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  great for people of all ages!
Englewood is Declared "Age-Friendly"

The City of Englewood is now officially designated as an  Age-Friendly City .  
During a program on November 27 at BergenPAC, Englewood was accepted 
as a member of the AARP-World Health Organization's Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. 

The Global Age-Friendly Network was developed to encourage communities to prepare for the rapid aging of the U.S. population. The network encourages communities to take action and pay increased attention to the environmental, economic and social features that encourage greater age integration and diversity and create a community that supports residents from the cradle through retirement.

At the program during which Englewood was recognized as a member of the Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities are, from left, Charles Cobb, Council-Member-At-Large; Mayor Frank Huttle; AARP-NJ State Director Stephanie Hunsinger; and Janet Sharma, Coordinator of Age-Friendly Englewood.
Care Managers Help Navigate Health Care Maze

Thanks to our friends at
Age-Friendly Teaneck for this insightful article.  
Please read and pass on to those who may benefit.  

        An older resident is ailing and can no longer shower or cook a meal without 
help. An exhausted caregiver is reaching the breaking point, but there's little money 
to pay for outside help.
        In each scenario, the need for elder care assistance is getting desperate - but the  task of trying to find it can feel  like another added burden in what are already unmanageable days.

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation recently hosted "Build A Village", a public art project  that brought older adults together to explore creating an ideal community.

Professional teaching artist/muralist Dan Fenelon led the series of workshops in Englewood at Bergen Family Center and the Southeast Senior Center for Independent Living (SESCIL).  Participants used their imagination, socialized, and connected with others via the arts to create works that will be displayed in shadow-box windows on Daisy Place, near BergenPAC.

For more details about this project, click here.

Re-Defining Retirement

The  Bergen Volunteer Center  will have a  Redefining Retirement  "Matchmaker" stationed at the Englewood Public Library on Tuesday, December 11 from 1-3 PM. 

The Matchmakers help retirees find volunteer opportunities -- in nonprofits in Englewood or elsewhere in Bergen County -- that use their experience and skills and meet their interests and time availability.  

If you can't make it to the Library then, you can check out the online searchable database of volunteer opportunities    here .   You can also contact Redefining Retirement Manager, Louisa Hellegers, at 201.489.9454 X 205 or .

Holiday with the Animals
Bergen County Zoo-Van Saun Park

Sunday, December 16 
(animals receive gifts at 2 PM)

Feeling Young Could Signal a Younger Brain

People who feel younger than their actual age also may have brains that age more slowly, suggests a study published by Harvard online in June. 

Englewood is graced with some of the best shops around - to say nothing of the broad range of great restaurants ... and BergenPAC!  So keep it local this holiday season.  Save yourself the headaches of highways and malls!

Directory is Available!

AT YOUR SERVICE, A Guide for Englewood Senior Adults is available free of charge at several locations in Englewood

December means HOLIDAYS with many things to do.
Get out and enjoy the plethora of activities 
available here in Englewood and  nearby. 
Most of these activities are available at little  or no charge.

Alzheimers New Jersey offers numerous community education programs every month.

Arts for Life sponsors acting and dancercize classes.  

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

One of Englewood's best features is its  beautiful parks! Get outside for a brisk 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 wildlife and 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 $50 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.
130 W. Englewood Ave.
(The Gatehouse)

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