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Share Your Ideas On Making Ridgewood Better For Seniors

Beth Abbott of Age-Friendly Ridgewood Initiative
Beth Abbott of Age-Friendly Ridgewood Initiative Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. -- The Age-Friendly Ridgewood Initiative is hosting an encore community conversation on making the village more age-friendly on Wednesday at the Ridgewood Library.

The initiative held a session in late July, as Ridgewood Daily Voice reported, to go over the data from the 55 and Over Survey it had sent out last fall and to brainstorm about the issues raised. Beth Abbott is the initiative team leader.

This session will give older residents, children of older residents and business owners another opportunity.

"We have wonderful data about both the strengths and needs of the community from our Ridgewood 55 and Over Survey," organizers note. "We are ready to take the next step and create an action plan. For that, we need community input about specific improvements that we should consider implementing."

Particular areas the initiative is focusing on so far include

  • Housing options.
  • Flexible transportation.
  • Pedestrian safety.
  • Enhanced communication and marketing, and a directory of resources.
  • Leveraging the expertise of the older population.
  • Assisting homeowners with difficult tasks.

"We want Ridgewood to be as great a place to grow old as it is to grow up and we are interested in what age-friendly means to you and what your priorities are," organizers add. "What would make you remain in Ridgewood after your kids are grown and gone?"

The session will be from 3:30-5:30 p.m., in the Ridgewood Library auditorium. Email or call 201-652-1614 with any questions.

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