Age-Friendly North Jersey Newsletter

Volume 3, Issue 1:

February, 2023

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Let's Check Out New Developments:


Social Network Survey Highlights Age-Friendly Relationship Development

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What do our partners think of our age-friendly work? How are we all interconnected? These are some questions that the Rutgers School of Social Work Hub for Aging Collaboration team set out to answer in their most recent research project with AFNJ participants. At the January 26 hybrid AFNJ meeting, the Hub team presented findings from surveys of Age-Friendly Communities core teams and partners (see slides here).

In this guest blog post, Dr. Emily Greenfield describes how this research emerged from a multi-year project with AFNJ core teams and partners.

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Let's Celebrate!

Age-Friendly North Jersey 2022 In Review Slideshow

This 6-minute slideshow features a compilation of photos from the work of Age-Friendly North Jersey communities throughout 2022. The photos demonstrate goals such as "healthy aging and wellness" and "making older adults more visible" in action!

Watch here

Updates from the

New Jersey Age-Friendly Advisory Council

The Governor's New Jersey Age-Friendly Advisory Council, led by the Division of Aging Services (NJ Department of Human Services), has been meeting since March, 2022. Janet Sharma from Age-Friendly Englewood is a Council member and has shared summary notes from each meeting. These notes are now available on the AFNJ website, and they also contain links to associated video recordings and handout materials.

More information here.

Let's Meet

Tuesday, February 21

4 to 5 pm, Zoom

Age-Friendly Intergenerational Programs

* For AFNJ members only

Join us to hear from Generations United about best practices in intergenerational programs, and strategize about how to make ours more beneficial to all participants. (

Zoom Link Here.

Tuesday, March 21

1 to 2:30 pm, Zoom

Accessibility in Virtual Programming

*Open to the public

Virtual programs can greatly increase the inclusivity of our work, but are we doing our best? Join us to learn about how to improve the accessibility of our programming, in particular for people with vision and hearing loss.

Register Here.

Let's Grow

Here are some upcoming opportunities:

1. Submit a proposal for New Jersey Advocates for Aging Well's 2023 conference. Proposals are due February 28, and the conference will be on Friday, June 9, in New Brunswick.

More information here.

2. Apply for an Inclusive Healthy Communities program grant. Information sessions are available, and letters of intent are due March 3. More information here.

3. The 2023 New Jersey Planning and Redevelopment Conference is seeking proposals for their June 21-23 hybrid conference. Proposals are due March 3. More information here.

4. AARP Community Challenge is accepting applications for quick-action grants through March 15. More information here.

5. Aging Well West Orange is hiring a part-time Senior Livability Coordinator. More information here.

6. Bloomberg Philanthropies is accepting applications for its Public Art Challenge Grant through February 15. More information here.

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7. The Bergen County LGBTQ+ Alliance meets twice a mont, once in-person and once on Zoom. More information here.

Let's Learn Together

February is Black History Month. Here are some BIPOC-led (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) groups that have developed materials to help make our work more equitable:

  • LeadingAge's Leaders of Color Network has a 3-part advocacy webinar series. You can register for upcoming webinars and watch recordings of previous events here.

  • The New Jersey Nonprofit Professionals of Color Collective offers workshops on the Myth of the BIPOC Pipeline in nonprofit leadership and a peer network of BIPOC members. More info here.

Here are some additional resources:

  • EngAGEd shares best practices for Implementing Hybrid Programs. Read more here.

  • The American Society on Aging makes the case for state multisector plans for aging. Read more here.

  • Generations United has released an updated Intergenerational Evaluation Toolkit. Read more here.

  • Generations United has also published a report on Making the Case for Intergenerational Programs. Read more here.
Check out our Padlet to view more articles, discussion posts, upcoming events, job opportunities, and other curated resources.

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