February 2020

Age-Friendly Englewood  is a community-wide project that is working 
to ensure that residents of Englewood can age-in-place 
in their homes and in the community with dignity and independence. 
Age-Friendly Englewood seeks to help the community 
more livable for people of all ages, 
with particular attention 
to the rapidly growing number of older adults. 

An age-friendly community is one that is a great place 
to grow up and grow old.
This Sunday - February 9
5 PM - Englewood Library

Top Priority:  Pedestrian Safety!

Age-Friendly Englewood is forming a Pedestrian Safety Coalition that will work diligently with the City's Traffic Advisory Committee, chaired by Councilwoman Cheryl Rosenberg,  to focus attention on specific areas of Englewood that need safety improvements:  signage, striping, lighting, etc.  

If you are interested in joining our "Army of Advocates," click here!    Safety benefits everyone, and people of all ages are welcome.

Safe streets. A hot meal every day.  Heart medicine. School lunches. Medicare. Unemployment insurance. Social Service block grants. 

People across New Jersey would be forced to live without any or all of the above if not for the federal dollars paying for the programs that help keep them healthy and secure. That's why a crucial element of making New Jersey communities age-friendly will be ensuring that NO NJ  residents are missed in the  #Census2020

Here's how the Census will work - please read and be counted!
Move Over, Millennials 
Perennials Are Taking Over!
The Fountain of Youth may still be a myth, but a longer life expectancy is now a reality.  In fact, L ife expectancy from birth in the U.S.  has risen by more than 30 years in barely more than a century to a current 78.6 years.

But with the increased life expectancy, a question arises: How do people stay healthy as they age?  A new concept of healthy aging has emerged. In fact, some are using a new word for aging baby boomers - "perennials" - to describe people who want to live an active, blossoming life into old age.

Nominate an Unsung Hero

The Russ Berrie Award for Making A Difference is accepting nominations through February 21. The awards honor those who help others in need, solve problems and transform neighborhoods, bring hope to those who feel forgotten, stand up for the rights of others, create opportunities for young people to succeed, protect the environment, or risk their safety to rescue someone in distress.  The service activity must have taken place in New Jersey.

More than $150,000 in cash awards will be given to Honorees in 2020, including up to 7 awards of $7,500; 2 awards of $25,000; and a top award of $50,000.  

Treat yourself!

Sometimes you need to indulge even if it's not on your diet. H ere in New Jersey - and especially in Englewood - we are blessed with access to foods from cultures and countries around the world!  It's so hard to say no, but....

Exercise regularly and give yourself the right to splurge on treats!
Caregivers Corner

Bergen County runs an in-home training program for caregivers.  Click here for information.

Lots of tips:  hearing loss, surprising expenses, avoiding financial exploitation - and more!

Caregiver Support Groups 
Bergen Family Center
44 Armory Street, Englewood
Wed., Feb. and 22 - 12:30-2:30
Lunch is provided (free of charge)
RSVP to ocarvajal@bergenfamilycenter.org

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
412 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly
2nd Thursday of the month at 10:30 am
4th Tuesday of the month at 10:30 am

May is Older Americans Month! 

And to celebrate, Age-Friendly Englewood is again sponsoring a Doo-Wop show on Saturday, May 16, at BergenPAC.  Put your  glad rags on, get out your disco boots and come join us!  Order tickets online at www.bergenpac.org   or buy at the Box Office.

Get a ten percent discount when you use the code "Boogie"

It's February - that means Spring is around the corner!
There's a wealth of activities right here in (or near) Englewood, 
so go for a brisk walk and smell the Spring breeze somewhere in the air
Many activities are available  at little  or no charge.

Alzheimers New Jersey offers numerous community education programs every month.    

Englewood Department of Parks & Recreation offers several programs throughout the year. 
Englewood Public Library has really ramped up its programs.  Check out their calendar - there truly is something for everyone of every age.

One of Englewood's best features is its  beautiful parks! Go ice skating at Mackay Park!  Here's the schedule. 

Flat Rock Brook Nature Center's 3+ miles of trails are open dawn to dusk daily throughout the year; the Center also hosts guided walks and a number of programs that highlight environmental and seasonal changes. A walk in the snow is blissful!
Kaplen 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