June 2019

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.

"What Matters to You" Day

You may not know it, but June 6 is "What Matters to You" Day, an initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement that encourages health care providers of all kinds to ask their patients, "What matters to you?"  

Asking this simple question can  increase clinicians' awareness of important issues in their patients' lives that could drive customized plans of care.  It's a simple, yet profound concept that is key to creating deeply personal engagements with patients and their family members.  

Click here to find out more -- and tell your doctor to ask you! 
Art Walk & Dance Party:  
       Huge Success!

The Art Walk / All-Ages Dance Party on May 18 was tons of fun!  Hundreds of residents and visitors enjoyed a beautiful day replete with scores of professional artists displaying their creations as well as large galleries of works by students from all schools in Englewood and lots of activities for kids.  DJ Scott Reddin had people of all ages on their feet dancing and playing games.  

Thanks to the Englewood Chamber, Mayor Wildes Cultural Arts - Arts & Entertainment Sub Committee, Art Walls/Omar Lopez, Age-Friendly Englewood, DJ Scott Reddin, local artists and so many others for putting on such a fun, community-wide event.  Watch for more such events in the future.  

Next up:  Englewood Day on August 18!
Fighting Social Isolation
Age-Friendly Englewood is developing a number of initiatives to identify and assist older adults who are isolated in their homes. Organizations and individuals eager to help are putting their minds and their skills together to develop and implement strategies.

Why is this important?
A recent article published by the National Institutes on Aging emphasizes that human beings are social creatures. "Our connection to others enables us to survive and thrive. Yet, as we age, many of us are alone more often than when we were younger, leaving us vulnerable to social isolation and loneliness--and related health problems such as cognitive decline, depression, and heart disease."

However, loneliness and social isolation are not the same. An article in Inc., the Columbia Business School magazine, asserts that some solitude is good for you , but being alone needs to be a choice in order to be healthy. Elderly people who want companionship yet lack visitors, for example, are more likely to experience the physical and emotional effects of being alone.

Researchers  have found that loneliness is just as lethal as smoking 15 cigarettes per day, and lonely people are 50% more likely to die prematurely than those with healthy social relationships.

What is being done in Englewood
Fortunately, there are ways to counteract these negative effects, and Age-Friendly Englewood is working on them.
  • The Fire Department offers "Good Morning Englewood," a program in which fire officers will call individuals every morning to find out how they are doing. If they don't answer after a couple of tries, they will send an officer to the home to check on the individual. If the individual needs assistance, they will take appropriate steps to link them with medical or social services. However, the Fire Department only knows to call those who have signed up. If you know someone who is alone and lives in Englewood, and who would appreciate a daily call, please sign up! Call Lt. Shawn Brown at the Englewood Fire Department, 201-568-6304.
  • Buckley's Drugstore and other stores that deliver medications locally, as well as providers of meals on wheels, will soon be distributing a flyer with deliveries to encourage those who are isolated to sign up for "Good Morning Englewood."
  • The Southeast Senior Center for Independent Living (SESCIL) is developing a program to bring those who are isolated into SESCIL for a meal and fun activities. For example, Tenafly has a "buddy" program to match those who are isolated with an active participant in their senior center.
  • We are hoping to work with students and youth groups - at religious organizations, Scout troops, etc. - to become more aware of the needs of their elderly neighbors and to visit them, help with recycling, and with other tasks.
  • We did a workshop with DMHS students in the Summer Internship Program to help them appreciate some of the challenges that people face as they age.
"Combatting isolation is critical," says Janet Sharma, coordinator of Age-Friendly Englewood, "The numbers of older adults in our communities are going to increase dramatically in the years ahead. People will be living longer, and we want to be sure that they are able to enjoy a full life as they age. It's important for their health and for the health of our community."

Click here for a great little brochure with tips to help older adults stay active and connected.

Navigator Notes

Click here for the latest news about senior and/or affordable apartments in Bergen County. This information is provided by the B.C. Dept. of Human Services-Division of Senior Services and is updated approximately every month with the latest details possible.

Be sure to check the deadlines and the specifics about filing an application.
Tips for Healthy Living

There are endless tips for ways to be healthier, and here's a
Thanks to AARP for providing an easy-to-use (and free) resource with so much good information.
The New Jersey Foundation for Aging produces Aging Insights, 30-minute TV programs covering a very broad range of topics.  This month's program is about keeping your body balanced.  
Is your business "Age-Friendly"?

There are many ways that businesses of all kinds - from small mom-and-pop stores to big box megastores -- can attract and keep older adults as customers.  Wide aisles free of displays and clutter, easy-to-read signage, places to sit -- these are just a few.  

Click here for a checklist for Age-Friendly Businesses.  Use it in your own business and pass this on to your favorite shops and restaurants.

June is busting out all over!  Get up, 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 classes locally.  

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.  Sign up your favorite youngsters for summer nature camp! 
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