Property Tax Relief Programs Could be Lost to State Budget Cuts

Posted on July 29, 2020

The loss of property tax reimbursements is just one potential blow to efforts to ensure low- and moderate-income older adults can afford to keep living independently in their own homes and apartments during this crisis. With federal and state renter protections potentially expiring, there are growing worries about widespread evictions in coming months…

Four New Towns Join Diverse Age-Friendly Network

Posted on July 17, 2020

These four towns – with their varied landscapes, histories and systems of government – are alike in two important ways: Their populations are aging, and their government and civic leaders recognize the importance of using an age-friendly lens to plan for the future. With the addition of these four new community initiatives, the network now encompasses 16 communities in five counties – Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic and Union – which together have a population of more than a half million people…

Age-Friendly Leaders Join in COVID-19 Response Efforts

Posted on March 20, 2020

Age-Friendly leaders have tapped into community partnerships built over the past few years, trying to formulate new strategies for keeping older adults physically and emotionally healthy in the wake of suspended social service programs, cancelled recreational activities, interrupted transportation services, and growing food insecurity …

Article details how Ridgewood will plan for older residents’ needs

Posted on March 5, 2020

One of our alliance members, Age Friendly Ridgewood, has been working with residents and village leaders on developing an age-friendly vision for the community. A Feb. 27 article in northjersey.com outlined the important and forward-looking planning strategies being implemented by…

Alliance Leader OpEd on Social Isolation Published by NJ Spotlight

Posted on February 5, 2020

An OpEd written by Julia Stoumbos, director of aging-in-place programs for The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation and co-facilitator of the North Jersey Alliance of Age-Friendly Communities, was published Jan. 30 on the NJ Spotlight news site: Here’s an excerpt:…

New Study Of Social Isolation Could Help Age-Friendly Efforts

Posted on January 21, 2020

Many of the recent studies on social isolation show that it is increasing among all age groups. That’s happening in part because social media and digital communications are too often replacing face-to-face interaction, which is something that becomes a more essential ingredient of good health when people get older. A comprehensive study like this could offer more useful strategies to those who spend their days trying to serve isolated and homebound populations…

Data Shows Many Older New Jerseyans Can’t Pay for Basic Needs

Posted on January 19, 2020

New Jersey – few will be surprised to hear – ranks among the country’s more expensive places for older adults to live. More than half of those over 65 and living alone in the Garden State – and nearly a quarter of elder couples – are classified as “economically insecure,” meaning they lack enough income for life’s basics …

Allies Needed in Campaign to Build Affordable Homes

Posted on October 31, 2019

For the first time in nearly a decade, New Jersey’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund has been fully funded. That was the good news that Staci Berger, president of the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey, recently delivered to age-friendly community leaders. Starting in 2020, an estimated $60 million will be available …

Census Needs NJ Workers

Posted on October 28, 2019

Older adults in need of part-time work or retirees looking to stay active should consider applying for one of the 45,000 jobs the Census Bureau has yet to fill in New Jersey…

Age-Friendly Equals Accurate Census

Posted on October 28, 2019

Federal programs that play a crucial role in the lives of many older adults – such as Medicare, Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and services provided under the Older Americans Act – rely on Census data to measure the extent of need within a geographic region…

New Jersey Leaders Learn About Westchester Age-Friendly Movement

Posted on September 13, 2019

County governments are important partners to have in the age-friendly community movement. Many age-friendly goals – from making communities more walkable to increasing housing and transportation options – need to be tackled at all levels of government…

New Jersey’s Age-Friendly Movement is Growing

Posted on September 2, 2019

The Taub Foundation and The Grotta Fund for Senior Care – with support and active participation from the AARP, the New Jersey Foundation on Aging, New Jersey Future and Rutgers University – have created a northern New Jersey alliance of community residents, local leaders, academics, and advocates, working to identify and address the needs of New Jersey’s aging population…

Why Age-Friendly?

Posted on September 1, 2019

Many of New Jersey’s towns are great places to grow up. They also need to be good places to grow old, and here are Seven Reasons Why…