More than 16% of residents of Bergen County are over 65 years of age—this is higher than New Jersey average as well as rest of the United States. Concerns facing our aging population include rising health care costs, decline in physical abilities, and increase in vulnerability to exploitation and abuse. Despite a strong desire to age in place, a growing number of long-term residents in our area struggle to keep up with the rising cost of living here. Hunger is a critical issue for seniors—Community Food Bank of New Jersey states that 19% of people they serve are 60 years and older. In Age-Friendly Englewood Coalition’s 2016 survey, social isolation and lack of information about available services for seniors emerged as one of the most critical problem for our neighbors over 65.
Summit Focus Question: How can we decrease social isolation of seniors while increasing access to information about available services?