Discover Your Town's
Age-Friendly Future

About 150 county, municipal, community, health care and non-profit leaders attended this  conference on Sept. 22, 2023 at Bergen Community College to  learn strategies for making their communities a great place to live and thrive at any age.

Presentation Slides for Each Conference Speaker

Click each image for full slide presentation

Click HERE for Speaker Contact Information

Stephanie Hunsinger

AARP New Jersey

Tanya Rohrbach

New Jersey Future

Emily Greenfield

Rutgers Hub for Aging Collaboration

Shannon Doherty Lyons

Generations for Garfield

Davit Topchishvili

Bergen County Division of Senior Services

Julia Stoumbos

The Henry & Marilyn Taub Foundation

Most people want to age in place in their communities,
but many Bergen County towns aren't prepared for that

The bedroom-community era has passed. Most of us want towns that offer choices for how we live, how we get around, how we work, recreate and stay connected.  We need towns without the baked-in housing, transportation, and affordability challenges that can dampen quality of life for all of us.

We need a new suburban-living cookbook - one that yields communities for all ages

Looking for Age-Friendly Mentoring?

The recipes for creating communities that meet residents’ needs and desires throughout the lifespan are already out there. Your community doesn’t have to start from scratch. Bergen County has an active, 7-year-old age-friendly movement. Leaders from Age-Friendly Communities in Englewood, Fair Lawn, Garfield, Ridgewood, Teaneck and Westwood are available to offer mentorship and guidance.

Click the form on the left to sign up

Some Helpful Conference Handouts 

These one-page handouts contain some useful demographics, resources and funding suggestions.

Who were the Sponsors of this Conference?

The Age-Friendly North Jersey alliance is a partnership of government, business, municipal, philanthropic and civic leaders who have been working together since 2016. In more recent years the six Bergen communities in the alliance have been actively sharing their expertise and insights with other interested Bergen communities and working more closely with Bergen County government leaders and others in the county's aging services network.  In 2023, our alliance launched Age-Friendly Bergen Roundtable, a bimonthly convening of elder-care providers, social service agencies, health officials, and others who are committed to improving the lives of Bergen County's older adults.
For more info: email: Janet Sharma, Coordinator, Age-Friendly Englewood at 201-591-5162 or [email protected]

Image Below: Age-Friendly North Jersey leaders at their 2023 kick-off meeting in January