January 2019

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!
and welcome to  Mayor Michael Wildes!

Age-Friendly Englewood and our coalition partners look forward to working with Mayor Wildes, City Council President Katharine Glynn and members of the City Council, and agencies of City Government -- as well as with numerous nonprofit organizations, houses of worship and interested residents --  to help Englewood truly become a fantastic city for people of all ages!

Thanks also to former Mayor Frank Huttle III for his unwavering support of Age-Friendly Englewood and our initiatives to help make Englewood a great place in which to grow up and grow old.
How Exercise 
Keeps Us Young

A recent article in The New York Times summarizes a range of studies that demonstrate how our bodies respond to various forms of exercise.  Fascinating stuff! .

Back by Popular Demand!

Home Safety Checklist

We probably all spend more time inside and at home during the in colder winter months.  This being the case, we need to take inventory to be sure our homes are safe!  Here's a checklist from AARP that may be helpful as you assess your home.  

If  you find you need some help with minor repairs, call the Bergen Volunteer Center's Chore Service!  Chore's friendly crews of volunteer handymen (and handywomen) will do simple repairs at no cost except for the parts necessary to complete the job.  To make an appointment, c all 201-489-7790.
The Power and Joy of Reconnecting With Old Friends

There's nothing quite like meeting up with chums from your early days.  

Here's an article from Next Avenue about the roads taken by various individuals to connect with good friends from long ago.
Benefits of Adult Day Programs

Here's a very brief video about the benefits of adult day programs for older adults who may otherwise be isolated in their homes. 
Adult Day Centers

Two such programs are available nearby: 

Public Art Unveiled

Collages created by older adults at Bergen Family Center and SESCIL (Southeast Senior Center for Independent Living), working with professional artist Dan Fenelon, were unveiled during a ribbon-cutting just before Christmas. Entitled "Build A Village," the artwork is located in shadow-boxes on Daisy Place, between North Van Brunt and the Shoprite Parking Lot.  Have a look!

How To Identify Scams Targeting Older Adults

Fiscal Tiger is a collection of writers and designers (in Idaho!) who are aware of the precious nature of older adults' financial resources and the power they have in people's lives.  They aren't trying to sell anything - just offering a comprehensive guide on how to identify and avoid scams. 
Ageism in Advertising

...it's rare employees ever reach retirement age. They're often squeezed out long before."

Ad Age, a  leading global source of analysis, news and data on marketing and media, recently ran an interesting article on ageism in the advertising industry. 

"An advertising industry that's ageist...is able to very effectively translate that ageism into attitudes and behavior of society as a whole."
Re-Defining Retirement

The Bergen Volunteer Center  will have a  Redefining Retirement  "Matchmaker" stationed at the Englewood Public Library on Tuesdays, January 8 and February 12, from    1-3 PM.  The Match-makers help retirees find volunteer opportunities -- in nonprofits in Englewood or elsewhere in Bergen County -- that use their experience and skills while also meeting their interests and time availability.  

If you can't make it to the Library at those times, 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  lhellegers@bergenvolunters.org .

Directory is Available!

AT YOUR SERVICE, A Guide for Englewood Senior Adults is available free of charge at City Hall, the Library, SESCIL and Flat Rock Brook Nature Center as well as at several other locations in Englewood


Don't let the cold get you down! Get out and enjoy the many 
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!  Go skating at the John T. Wright Arena in Mackay Park!

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 -- even during the winter! 
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
Jo Ellen Knie, Assistant Coordinator