What is Westwood For All Ages?
Westwood for All Ages is an initiative to make Westwood an age-friendly community—a place where all people can live well and thrive even as they age. This program was created through a grant provided by The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation. The initiative is a partnership of Meals on Wheels North Jersey, the Mayor and Council of Westwood, municipal departments, local businesses, and health and social service providers. Westwood for All Ages is committed to raising the community’s awareness of its senior residents, ensuring that their voices are heard and their ongoing contributions are recognized. The project is guided by an All Ages Steering Committee. Very importantly, the Westwood Mayor and Council recognize the importance of the community’s seniors and they have taken the significant step of forming a Senior Committee that will provide insights into the Borough’s activities impact on its seniors.
What is an Age-Friendly community?
According to The World Health Organization, it's a place that makes a conscious effort to encourage active aging, a place that provides opportunities for such things as good health, inclusion and security. It's a place that enhances the quality of life for people as they age. In Westwood, we went futher. We believe that an Age-Friendly community is one for all ages. We believe that whether it's a park bench, walkable sidewalks, adequate transportation, multiple housing options, or excellent health services, these things will help older residents but they'll also help everyone who lives in Westwood regardless of age. Thus we call our initiative "Westwood for All Ages."