Latino Focus Group
Noches de Colombia was the site of our focus group with 19 Spanish-speaking older adults residents of Englewood in June. 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!
This Spring several older residents and Age-Friendly Englewood Coalition partners participated in a "walkability" study.
Conducted by WSP Consulting and held at St. Paul's Church on Engle Street, the study began with an overview of what constitutes "walkability." Participants then went on a walk around the neighborhood with the consultants to see and understand where pedestrians may encounter difficulties, such as railroad crossings, broken sidewalks, hard-to-see "walk" signs, etc.; the program concluded with a charette, when stakeholders pored over huge map of Englewood to review problem areas and possible solutions. The results of the study will be shared with Coalition partners and with appropriate agencies of City government as well as with the Mayor and members of City Council.
Many FREE or very low cost fitness, health-related, educational and social programs are available in Englewood and nearby.
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Doo-Wop Sell Out!!
Navigating a railroad crossing in a wheel-chair is a problem.
Poring over a map high-lighting congested areas 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!).
We're delighted to report that the Night of Doo-Wop & Rock n' Roll that we sponsored at BergenPAC to celebrate Older Americans Month in May 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.
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.