While knocking on doors in Ward 4, I have met residents who raised their kids here and want to continue living in their homes through retirement. My wife Caroline and I cared for her parents as they did the same. And we learned firsthand that it isn’t easy finding basic services, and we often spent hours sourcing and vetting what little was available.
That’s why the work of the Senior Advisory Council, a volunteer group of representatives from the Westfield Town Council, Westfield United Fund, Westfield Senior Citizens Housing, a physician, is so important for Westfield. For the first time, the Town has taken a holistic approach to addressing the needs of our senior community.
This Advisory Council aims to support our senior residents’ ability to remain in Westfield and serves as a central point of up-to-date and easy-to-access information regarding local activities and services for them, their families and caregivers.
My favorite initiatives are the online Senior Services Directory and Senior Activities Calendar located at westfieldnj.gov. The Directory offers a regularly updated list of services for counseling, fitness and nutrition, housing, social and cultural activities, transportation, volunteerism, and more—inclusive of contact information and descriptions for these services. And the Calendar lists all locally available activities. These are the exact services Caroline and I needed, and residents need for themselves and their parents today.
To learn more in person, Lifelong Westfield—an initiative of the Mayor’s Senior Advisory Council—is hosting its second Senior Activities Expo this Friday, Sept. 20, from 9-11 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 756 E. Broad Street.
As your Ward 4 Councilman, I will support the Senior Advisory Council and advocate for programs like Lifelong Westfield to build on this progress for seniors in our community.
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