Plans for 2020-2021
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!).
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!
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.
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!