Welcome to the Age-Friendly North Jersey Newsletter
We are excited to share our first newsletter from Age-Friendly North Jersey! Geared toward local age-friendly leaders, this newsletter shares announcements, resources, highlights from local age-friendly community initiatives, and other timely information.
This newsletter is made possible by support from The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation, the Grotta Fund for Senior Care, and the Rutgers University School of Social Work.
Upcoming AFNJ Zoom Meetings
New Leaders, New Communities
Our "New Leaders, New Communities" group will meet on Wednesday, December 8, from 9:30-11:30 am. This group is for individuals who started their work as age-friendly leaders in 2019 or later.
New Years Party
Our whole alliance will convene on Tuesday, January 11, from 9:30-11:30 am for a New Years Party. Get ready to reflect on the past year and share some inspiration for 2022!
If you have not received an email invitation to either of these meetings and believe that you should have, please contact Althea Pestine-Stevens
AFNJ Meeting Recap
September 23: County Collaborations
Our Alliance met on September 23, 2021 to learn about county-level coalitions of age-friendly leaders. We had speakers from Essex and Bergen Counties. Missed the meeting or want a refresher? You can view our panel discussion video here!
Spotlight on Westwood Thrive
Westwood For All Ages Hosts Communitywide, Interactive Event

Oct. 9, 2021: More than 20 local agencies and businesses connected with local residents on a sunny day in Veterans Memorial Park. Attendees also enjoyed engaging speakers, recreation, and entertainment from a popular local band and dance troupe.

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Key Takeaways:

  • Leaders conceptualized and planned this event to intentionally foster community-wide collaboration by using a Strategic DoingTM framework
  • New partners are becoming age-friendly champions - offering free event tables helped bring them in
  • Including a wide variety of sponsors helped reduce cost
  • Extending the duration of the event improved social distancing and accessibility
To connect with the Westwood For All Ages (New Jersey) team, email Lisa Bontemps
What We're Reading
Other Upcoming Events of Interest

New Jersey Planning and Redevelopment Conference: Call for Proposals Due December 3. Co-sponsored by New Jersey Future and the American Planning Association New Jersey
DEC 6-10

From Ageism to Age Inclusion: Virtual Forum on December 6-10. Offered by the American Society on Aging's Generations Forum
DEC 9-10

Building a Culture of Health in New Jersey: Hybrid conference on December 9-10. Co-sponsored by the YMCA, NJ Department of Health, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Check out our Padlet to view more articles, upcoming events, and other curated resources
Networking Resources
We have new ways to connect online! Check out the AFNJ community bulletin board (Padlet) and the New Jersey Discussion group and open forum on the AARP age-friendly portal.
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