Age-Friendly Englewood is a project that is working to
make it as easy as possible for residents of Englewood,
New Jersey, to age in place with dignity and independence.
Age-Friendly Englewood aims to help people throughout
the community -- whether they live in an apartment,
condo, single-family home, multi-family home or assisted-
living facility -- live their lives as fully as possible, with
access to a broad range of affordable services and
amenities as they age.
Building off of the City’s Master Plan, which was
adopted in 2014, the project started early in 2016
with the formation of a coalition of organizations that
provide services to Englewood residents, including
nonprofit organizations, houses of worship, civic
organizations, the Mayor, City Council and offices of
The coalition’s first task was to assess where Englewood
is at the present time, determine where there are needs
and/or gaps in service, and develop a plan to meet those
needs over the months and years ahead.
The most essential element of the planning process was input from residents throughout Englewood who are age 60 or older. This was accomplished through surveys, administered both online and on paper to nearly 400 older adult residents, as well as through focus groups, brainstorming sessions and interviews with key stakeholders in Englewood. Interviews were also held with the directors of City governmental offices to learn how their offices serve older adult residents.
The results were presented at a Community Forum at Englewood Hospital in August 2016. (Click here to view the presentation.) Following this presentation, the Age-Friendly Coalition formed work groups in the areas of Housing, Transportation, Social Inclusion and Communications and began developing work plans to meet the identified needs.
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Community Chest of Englewood is the fiscal agent and sponsor of the project.
Janet Sharma, who served for 22 years as CEO of the Volunteer Center of Bergen County, is the coordinator of the Age-Friendly Englewood project.
Joyce Dudley, president of Dudley Hamilton Associates, Inc.,in Engle-wood, is planning consultant.
How is the project funded?
Age-Friendly Englewood is funded by the The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation, which has awarded grants to fund the project.