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

City government.

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.


Information provided by the World Health Organization and AARP (the Association of Retired Persons) is helping to guide development of the Englewood project.


WHO's Checklist of Age-Friendly Cities provides a framework for Age-Friendly Englewood's Plan of Work for 2017.


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​​​Coalition Leadership


Community Chest of Englewood is the fiscal agent and sponsor of the project.

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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.  


Other Bergen County communities receiving grants to develop and promote "age-friendly communities" include Garfield, Ridgewood, Teaneck and Westwood.