— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger New Jersey for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— The vast majority of people age 50 and older want to stay in their homes and communities for as long as possible. That’s why AARP’s Livable Communities work encourages communities to welcome housing options and develop homes that are accessible to residents and guests of all ages and abilities. Across the United States, however, there is a mismatch between the available housing stock and what the market wants and needs. This is partly due to shifting demographics, such as a rapidly …

— By Christina Hernandez Sherwood Physical activity can reduce the risk of chronic disease, so one town—with the help of a grant from AARP—is offering residents a challenge: Take more walks. With a $10,000 AARP Community Challenge grant, the township of Bloomfield, partnering with the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition, has expanded its walking program by purchasing and installing time clocks that track participants’ strolls. “AARP saw that this is what our community needs—an environmental, sustainable program that will reduce …

— AARP New Jersey endorses the efforts of cities, towns, and localities to make every community a great place to live for people of all ages. This includes providing safe, walkable streets; age friendly housing and transportation options; access to needed services; and opportunities for residents to be active members of their communities. Once in place, these resources enhance personal independence, allow residents to age in place, and foster residents’ engagement in the community’s civic, economic, and social life. Applications are …

— Is your community a place you would consider age-friendly? An age-friendly community is a place that has safe, walkable streets; age-friendly housing and transportation options; access to needed services; and opportunities for residents of all ages to participate in community life. This year several New Jersey communities took on the challenge of incorporating Age-Friendly initiatives into their community plans and joined the AARP Network of Age Friendly Communities. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities encourages states, cities, towns …

— AARP New Jersey is putting more green space in the Garden State. To advance its livable-community goals, AARP gave grants to two Community Challenge projects in New Jersey. The Bloomfield Department of Health and Human Services received funding to expand the WALK Bloomfield program and include devices that allow walkers to “click” their progress when they reach locations on the paths. A grant also went to the Healthier Somerset/Somerset Health Care Foundation, for the installation of a downtown green space. …

— By Aliya S. King Cities and towns around the world are taking steps to make sure they are growing in ways that support older residents. In New Jersey, two communities—Prince­ton and Montclair—have officially joined the global movement to become more age-friendly. When Susan Hoskins, executive director of the Princeton Senior Resource Center, learned about the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, she knew hers should be added to the list. Communities must show progress in several areas, such as walkability and …