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Posted on: June 28, 2019

General Assembly Asks for Local Support for Age-Friendly Communities

On June 20, the New Jersey General Assembly passed AR246, a resolution urging New Jersey’s counties and municipalities commit to becoming age-friendly communities. To summarize, the statement of the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee states the following:  

“This resolution urges New Jersey counties and municipalities to commit to becoming age-friendly communities, as defined by the World Health Organization and AARP.  In the U.S., AARP partners with the WHO to operate the Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, which consists of municipalities and states that are committed to supporting the inclusion of older residents in the social, cultural, economic, and political life of the community. To be accepted into the AARP Network of States and Communities, elected officials are required to submit an application on behalf of the state or municipality, which serves as a commitment to conduct a baseline assessment of the community’s age-friendliness, develop a community action plan based on the assessment’s findings, identify measurable outcomes to gauge the action plan’s effectiveness, and involve older residents in all facets of plan development and implementation.” 

Contact: Michael F. Cerra, Assistant Executive Director, mcerra@njlm.org, 609-695-3481, x120.


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