Our Mission

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.

Upcoming Events

 

 Join us for the Conversation of Your Life Series

May 15
“Guardianship: When is the right time?” 7pm, Maplewood Main Library
The program will open with a showing of the Documentary short “ Edith+Eddie” followed by a presentation and discussion on understanding how guardianship works in NJ, the process, issues and pitfalls.

May 30
“The Conversation Project,” 7pm, South Orange Library
This program feature the Conversation Project Toolkit and role-playing on how to have the emotional but important conversations with your family and friends on your wishes and plans.

Click here to read about this important 5 part series: COYL Series

 

Proud member of the AARP Network of Livable Communities

 

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Support

SOMA Two towns for all ages is supported through the generosity of

The Grotta Fund  for Senior Care