To identify, develop and coordinate resources, policies, programs and services
that support and empower all residents of Maplewood and South Orange
to age in place as full members of the community.
Recognizing the increasing number of residents over 60 and the desire to keep long-term residents in our communities, South Orange and Maplewood (SOMA) launched "Two towns for all ages." Under this new initiative, SOMA is taking a proactive approach to foster healthy aging and enable residents to age in place.
This age-friendly initiative engages all stakeholders in the community - government, businesses, schools, non-profits and faith-based organizations - to build a community that serves the needs of residents of all ages. To ensure programs and services in our two towns meet these important goals we strive/pledge/commit to:
- Be responsive to the needs of older residents.
- Combine the resources and interests of both towns to build a synergistic relationship that promotes and supports healthy, engaged and vibrant aging.
- Recognize the role older adults play in our communities and their contributions to the fabric of our diverse community.
- Realize that improvements that benefit the older population also benefit the rest of our community.
- Encourage older adults to engage in the conversation and be responsive to their concerns.
Both towns are committed to the long-term continuity and sustainability of the SOMA Two towns for all ages initiative.
Special Transportation Expansion for Maplewood Seniors in August
As a special pilot program beginning August 1, Maplewood residents 65+ can ride the evening commuter jitney for free by showing their Classic Card. Card holders can take the jitney from one of its usual stop to the train station during the evening runs, which begin at approximately 5:30 pm and ends with the last run leaving the train station at 8:47 pm. The jitney will drop off and pick up seniors at the train station with commuters, where they can cross to shops and restaurants via the stairs or the more easily accessible tunnel at the south end of the platform. For a Classic Card application which gives residents over 65 discounts in dozens of local businesses and restaurants, go to the Recreation Department at Town Hall or to www.SOMATwotownsforallages.org
SOMA Two towns for all ages is supported through the generosity of
The Grotta Fund for Senior Care