Plans for 2020-2021


  • Second Sunday concerts at the Public Library – a series of free concerts at 5 PM on the second Sunday of each month, featuring known area musicians.  Next Up:  Klezmer Music - Sunday, March 10, 5 PM.
  • Mental Health program on issues impacting older adults, such as loneliness, anxiety, isolation, and depression.
  • Benches on hills and sidewalks - Work with City Engineer and DPW to purchase and install benches to improve walkability into and out of the Central Business District.
  • Intergenerational programs with Bergen Family Center – Englewood teens will develop and execute projects with clients in Bergen Family Center's Adult Day Care center; they will also help seniors with chores, technology, etc.
  • Community Garden with Englewood Housing Authority - Design and develop a community garden at the senior residence at 111 West Street.
  • Blood Pressure Monitoring program - Provide blood pressure kits to up to 30 older adult residents who complete 8 weeks of blood pressure monitor training through the Dept. of Health.
  • Older Americans Month Celebration - Sponsor “A Night of Doo-Wop and Rock & Roll” at BergenPAC on May 16 to inspire and illustrate that older adults enjoy getting out and being active.
  • Public Art and Murals - Provide funding towards permit, design and execution of public art to bring diverse segments of Englewood together. Work with Englewood Art Walls, Planning Board, City Council, DPW, student and professional artists.
  • Milestone Birthday Celebration for older adults to be held in collaboration with the Mayor’s Cultural Affairs Committee during Older Americans Month in May.
  • Senior Prom - Collaborate with Englewood Rotary to enhance the Senior Prom (for older adults) that is typically held every Spring.  

Latino Focus Group


Noches de Colombia was the site of our focus group with 19 Spanish-speaking older adults residents of Englewood. We learned that their concerns about aging-in-place here are similar to those expressed at other focus groups across the City: Housing is expensive, taxes are very high, and many rely on local newspapers to find out about activities.  As with other groups, many older adults don't use -- or want to use --  a computer. And, like many others, they LOVE living in Englewood!

In July we hosted a breakfast for Englewood's clergy at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  We discussed with them principal issues they see as facing older adults and brainstormed a number of solutions. All agreed it was time well spent and encouraged us to do it again (which we will!).

Age-Friendly Englewood

ART WALK & DANCE PARTY

Spring had sprung, and we celebrated by helping to coordinate a festive Art Walk and All-Ages Dance Party in Depot Square.  Hundreds of people from in and near Englewood turned out, and we all had a great time!

Walkability Study


     In August, we asked residents to let us know of areas in town where pedestrian crossings were a concern.  Responses via email and Facebook outlined several locations. Click here to see the list which was submitted to the Mayor, City Council, City engineer, DPW, Police Chief and Captain.

   This Spring several older residents and Age-Friendly Englewood Coalition partners participated in a "walkability" study, which was conducted by WSP Consulting and held at St. Paul's Church on Engle Street.

    Click here for the results of this study, which are being shared with Coalition partners and with appropriate agencies of City  government as well as with the Mayor and members of City Council.

CLERGY BREAKFAST

Pictured here are (from left) Joyce Dudley, consultant; Rabbi Charles Friedman, Englewood Hospital Chaplain; Rev. Richard Hong, First Presbyterian Church; Janet Sharma, Age-Friendly Englewood Coordinator, Sanetta Ponton, Metropolitan Church; Bishop Walter McKoy, Church of Jesus Christ Apostolic; Shelly Wimpfheimer, Community Chest; Rev. Elouise Hill-Challenger, Galilee United Methodist Church; Rev. Bill Allport, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; Syed Zaidi, Mehfil-e-Shahe Khorasan; and Rabbi Chaim Poupko, Congregation Ahavath Torah. The first of what all hope are more get-togethers in the future.

ENGLEWOOD DAY "LISTENING POST"


Englewood Day in August was hot, hot, HOT but VERY fun!  Mayor Wildes provided free ice cream, and hundreds of residents came out to meet friends and sample food truck offerings, visit organizations' tents and enjoy a variety of activities.  Age-Friendly Englewood had a "Listening Post" where visitors expressed their best wishes for the City.  All comments were shared with the Mayor and Council.

Navigating a railroad crossing in a wheel-chair is a problem.


Poring over a map high-lighting congested areas in Englewood.

TRAINING FOR STUDENT INTERNS


Working with the Chamber of Commerce and Bergen Family Center, we stepped in to provide students from Dwight Morrow High School with one training on working with older adults and another on community asset mapping and community service. What a fantastic group of students!