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COVID-19 Briefing #7 (5.13.20) – Resilient Senior Living

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Gathering Ground’s Statewide Conversations — COVID-19 Response

Call #7 – May 13, 2020

Topic: Resilient Senior Living During COVID-19

Guest speaker #1: Michael Oakes, Senior Vice President – Springpoint Senior Living Foundation

Guest speaker #2: Janet Sharma, Coordinator – Age-Friendly Englewood

Resources shared by speakers and participants during the call include:

  • Affordable Housing Resources across the state
  • Food, drug and supplies resources
  • Ideas for reducing isolation among seniors
  • Activities and Arts resources for seniors
  • Affordable house maintenance and repair services
  • Information about starting age-friendly coalitions in your town or city
  • Resources from foundations supporting age-friendly efforts


Download the full summary and resources links here.

“What an energizing and enlightening event! It was so wonderful to convene with recovery partners across the state to reflect on lessons learned. When we join forces and find a common voice, we are so much stronger and more effective. I look forward to being part of this movement to make meaningful changes which will positively impact the future of response and recovery in NJ.”

– Kelly Higgs – Former Executive Director of NJVOAD (statewide)

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