June 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!
Doo-Wop Sell Out!!

We're delighted to report that the Night of Doo-Wop & Rock n' Roll that we sponsored at BergenPAC on May 20 with AARP-NJ was not only a complete sell-out -- it was fantastic!  The crowd thrilled to mega-hits from the 50s and 60s, singing along with glee. At right is Janet Sharma, Age-Friendly Englewood's coordinator, with the inestimable Kenny Vance. (His hit I've Had It  topped her list in 11th grade, 1961.)
Be Prepared!  Not Scared!

Hurricane season is here, and if you've been here a while, you will recall the effects of Superstorm Sandy!  

Ready.gov is an excellent website that also has a section with information specifically to help seniors be ready for any disaster.
Here it is!

Here's an insightful article about how to find and pay for the services you or your parents may need.
Focus Group in Spanish

Age-Friendly Englewood is partnering with Bergen Family Center to host a focus group on June 13 to help determine the needs of Spanish-speaking older adult residents of Englewood. The program will beheld at Noches de Colombia,  90 W. Palisade Avenue, at 9:30 AM. The first 25 Spanish-speaking older adults who participate will receive a $25 Shoprite gift card.

Please pass this information along to your Spanish-speaking friends, colleagues and relatives.
Cheers to "CHEER"

The CHEER Program has a new home at the Bergen Volunteer Center, where volunteers help   isolated, frail elderly people retain their independence. Trained CHEER aides and volunteers visit weekly to help with shopping, errands, laundry, light housekeeping, etc. They forge lasting relationships with the isolated elders, offering companionship and, whenever possible, creating opportunities for the isolated elders to be engaged in their communities. O ften, this type of minimal service is all that is needed to help an elderly person continue to remain safely in the comfort of home.

And...the service is FREE!  There are no income limits, but the program is based on need.  Call 201-488-0041, ext. 315 for information.
Welcome JoEllen!

Welcome JoEllen Knie!  JoEllen is the newly appointed the Assistant Coordinator of Age-Friendly Englewood.

An Englewood resident for 30 years, JoEllen has had a varied and gratifying career as a teacher in the NYC school system, social worker, corporate trainer, consultant and manager at such companies as Mennen, Faberge, Gillette, and Coca-Cola. JoEllen was also the Director of Education and Outreach for a local hospice, and she is a founding member of the Caregiver Coalition of Bergen County.  An active volunteer, JoEllen is a member of Englewood Rotary, Englewood Historical Society, and the Patient and Family Advisory Council at Englewood Hospital.

She's looking forward to working with many organizations and older adults in Englewood to make it as easy as possible for residents to age in place with dignity and independence.
Get It NOW!

AT YOUR SERVICE, A Guide for Englewood Senior Adults is available free of charge at several locations in EnglewoodClick here for a list of locations.

Please let us know of additions or corrections to the directory so they can be included when we re-print. 


Did you know...

Exercise can help you find the word that's on the tip of your tongue - but you just can't remember.   Check this out!

The National Council on Aging has a whole section on healthy aging 

The  Bergen Volunteer Center  will have a   " Matchmaker" at the Englewood Public Library on Thursday, June 5, 1-4 PM to help older adults find volunteer positions -- in Englewood or elsewhere -- that meet their interests and time availability. 

On Sunday June 10, FREE Brain Health Fair, 10am-2pm , sponsored by the B.C. Div. of Senior Services.  Call  201-336-7438 to register.

Women's Rights Information Center is hosting a FREE support group for women for six Tuesdays, beginning on June 13   Check it out here.

Find out about  Effective Communications Strategies in dealing with people with dementia.  Presented by Alzheimer's Association  on Tues., June 26 , at
Inglemoor Center, 333 Grand Ave., Englewood. 

How about a Dance Party for the Elderly!   Put your glad rags on and par-tay!! If you are interested in starting or joining a dance party in Englewood,  send us an email.

June is Busting Out All Over!
Get out and enjoy some of the myriad activities right here in (or near) Englewood.  Most activities are available at little  or no charge.

Alzheimers New Jersey offers numerous community education programs every month.

Arts for Life is  sponsoring acting and dancercize classes  this winter.  

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

One of Englewood's best features is its  beautiful parks! Get outside for a brisk winter 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 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 $25 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