Somerset is First County in New Jersey to be

Recognized as an Age Friendly Community by AARP

Residents Over 60 Are the Fastest Growing Demographic, and Somerset County is Committed to Providing Quality Housing, Recreation and Entertainment Opportunities

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County is the first in New Jersey to be accepted as a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities.

“I am grateful to the AARP for recognizing Somerset County as an Age Friendly Community,” said Freeholder Director Shanel Y. Robinson. “Even though our county is consistently ranked in the top tier of desirable places to live, work and play, we are committed to developing more age-friendly services for residents who have contributed so much and who wish to spend their golden years in a community that they love.”

“We’re honored to have Somerset County join the AARP Network of Age Friendly States and Communities as New Jersey’s first county – and one of the nation’s leaders committed to improving their community for people of all ages,” said Stephanie Hunsinger, AARP New Jersey state director. “Turning a community into a place that is truly age-friendly requires a fresh way of thinking. We commend the county’s leaders for their commitment to make Somerset County a great place to grow up and grow old.”

Participants in the virtual event included Hunsinger, Robinson, Freeholder Deputy Director Sara Sooy, Freeholder Brian D. Levine, Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher, Freeholder Melonie Marano, Planning Board Director Walter Lane and Office on Aging & Disability Services Director Joanne Fetzko.

As a member of the AARP Network of Age Friendly States and Communities, the county will have an opportunity to establish new partnerships and collaborations, which will help to identify and develop more innovative public service.

The Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services, a designated Area Agency on Aging and an Aging and Disability Resource Connection, and the county Planning Board are committed to promoting age-friendly plans, independence, dignity and choice for residents over 60 years of age and for adults with physical disabilities.

As mandated through the Older Americans Act and county and state regulations, the Office on Aging and Disability Services demonstrates the needs of older citizens, shares best practices for the benefit of others and provides services which allow residents to remain safely in the community. The Planning Board develops a Master Plan, which contains recommendations and strategies for promoting active lifestyles and age-friendly policies.

. A video of the virtual presentation can be found on the county’s YouTube page: .