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Calling All 55 and Older Adults! Jewish Family Services Needs You

Credits: Jewish Family Service

ELIZABETH, NJ – Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey is looking for adults ages 55 and older to participate in a survey on behalf of the Lifelong Elizabeth project.

The Lifelong project seeks to identify the factors needed by older adults so they can age in place. The World Health Organization has determined criteria essential to making a city livable for older adults: accessible transportation, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation, communication and information, community support, and outdoor places and buildings.

“An age friendly city is one that adopts its structures and services for older people, so that they are going to be just as safe a four-year-old,” said the program manager Jill Dispenza. “A livable city for older adults is a livable city for all.”

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It is an issue of increasing importance. In 2010, 16 percent of the population was 55 years old and older. By 2040, the prediction is that 24 percent will be in that age range and that there will be more older adults than those 15 years old and younger. New Jersey has more older adults than those in of 41 states.

The survey is anonymous and voluntary. Participants are free to terminate the survey at any time. The surveys are being tallied by Rutgers University Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. The project has the support of the City of Elizabeth, Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Union County Division on Aging, Holy Redeemer Home Care, and Gateway YMCA.

The survey is available in both English and Spanish and can be accessed by clicking one of the links below. For more information, contact Jill Dispenza at 908-666-7033 0r 908-352-8375; email at

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