Age-Friendly North Jersey Newsletter

Volume 3, Issue 2:

March, 2023

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Please see the revised "Let's Meet" section below for the corrected link for the April 19 meeting and the corrected time for the May 11 meeting

(3-4:30 pm).

Let's Check Out New Developments:


NJ Legislature Considering a Statewide Policy on Permitting ADUs

A challenging aspect of age-friendly advocacy is getting community leaders to zone for the better quality of life their residents want. A big opportunity to do just that awaits Age-Friendly North Jersey leaders this spring, as several advocacy groups have joined forces to persuade the State Legislature to legalize accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in residential neighborhoods across the state.

Click on the flyer to learn more about ADUs.

Click on the "Read more" for the full blog post.

One-page flyer called "Be my neighbor" with information about accessory dwelling units. The image is linked to a pdf of the flyer.
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Let's Celebrate!

West Orange Establishes Older Adults Advisory Board

The Township of West Orange is leading the way in reframing aging by establishing an Older Adults Advisory Board. Learn more about their mission, structure, and functions through their ordinance and webpage.

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Generations for Garfield Publishes Paper on

"Community Engagement Strategies to Promote Environmental Public Health for All Ages"

The collaborative Generations for Garfield team shares findings from their needs assessment completed in partnership with the New York University Grossman School of Medicine, Department of Environmental Medicine, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Core Center. To request a complimentary copy, please contact Shannon Doherty-Lyons.

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Let's Meet

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, from speakers advocating on behalf of people with vision loss, hearing loss, speech impediments, neurodiversity, and more.

Register Here.

Wednesday, April 19

10 to 11:00 am, Zoom

Ambassadors for Age-Friendly Communities

*Hosted by the New Jersey Age-Friendly Collaborative's Local Accelerator Group

*Open to the public

Age-friendly work requires dedication, diplomacy, and energy; finding and building local ambassadors can make all the difference. Join us to learn from successful efforts in South Orange and Westwood.

Register Here.

Save the Date!

Thursday, May 11

3-4:30 pm, Hybrid

Engaging with Your Local Government through Municipal Committees

on Aging

*Co-hosted with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers

*Open to the public

*Speakers will be on Zoom; option to attend in-person watch-party in New Brunswick

Let's Grow

Here are some upcoming opportunities:

1. Nominate an individual or organization for NCOA's Trailblazers in Aging Award. Nominations are due

March 17.

More information here.

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2. Share your ideas for an age-friendly New Jersey at a listening session to inform the NJ Age-Friendly Blueprint. Listening sessions are March 14 and March 21.

Both sessions are at capacity for verbal testimony, but you can still submit written testimony by sending an email here, (with the subject "Testimony"), and view the live broadcasts here.

**We strongly encourage alliance members to include the text in this document to help strengthen our message as an alliance of age-friendly leaders, and share your full testimony on our Padlet**

Let's Learn Together

  • Captioning and subtitles are helpful across generations and for those with and without hearing loss, according to an article in Read here.

  • Looking for more resources on digital accessibility? Axe-con 2023, a virtual conference run by deque, is on March 15-16, 2023. All session recordings will be posted on their website, along with recordings from last year's sessions. More info here.

  • Learn about "The Next Wave in Creative Aging" from this Mather report on the 2022 Creative Aging Innovations Forum. Read here.

  • Generations United highlights opportunities to support health and nutrition needs of grandfamilies. Read here.

  • ASA and USAging are co-hosting a series on "Leading Change in Aging Through DEI Accountability." Webinars are available to the public at no charge, and recordings are posted online. More info here.

  • The Record/ is publishing a series of six articles about aging in New Jersey. A subscription is required to access the content. You can find the article posted on 3/7 about Medicare and assisted living here.

  • New Jersey State officials were selected to participate in the Aging Policy Academy organized by the National Academy for State Health Policy, West Health, and the Milbank Memorial Fund. This program provides technical assistance and peer learning to help state leaders enhance policies on aging, with a focus on home and community-based services, nursing facilities, and the direct care workforce. Read here.  
Check out our Padlet to view more articles, discussion posts, upcoming events, job opportunities, and other curated resources.

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