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.

Senior Freeze Update
We are pleased to let our residents know that the Property Tax Reimbursement program commonly known as “Senior Freeze” has been reinstated in the State’s budget. The deadline to file is December 30

You may be eligible if:

  • You were age 65 or older as of December 31, 2018 or receiving disability benefits
  • You have lived in NJ as a homeowner or renter, continuously, since December 31, 2008 or earlier
  • You have owned and lived in your house since December 31, 2015 or earlier
  • Your 2018 property taxes were paid in full before June 1, 2019 and 2019 property taxes were paid in full before June 1, 2020
  • Your income did not exceed $89,013 in 2018 and $91,505 in 2019.mail.  

Previous applicants should have received an application (the blue book)  by  mail.  If you do not have one, applications can be picked up at your towns’ tax office, printed from the NJ Division of Taxation website at https://www.nj.gov/treasury/taxation/relief.shtml  or by calling  1-800-882-6597.


News & Updates

Election Information
All registered voters in NJ will receive a ballot in the mail for the November 3rd General Election.  For information and dates from the League of Women Voters, click here: Election Info

Click here for a brief video: https://youtu.be/tchl8u-RCMs

And for an article on Voting Healthy click here: https://www.ncoa.org/blog/how-to-vote-healthy-this-election/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=09292020_NCOAWeek

Where Are My Important Papers
For printable copies of this form, which was included in the latest issue of the newsletter, click here: Important Papers

Need Help "Zooming"
Watch this helpful video by Tara Grey on how to participate in the may activities and events being held on "Zoom." 


Tara will also be Conducting a live class on how to Maximize Your SmartPhone on October 28 at 4pm.  See the link on our events calendar.

South Orange and Maplewood announce the COVID-19: SOMA Senior Support Fund
As our community takes necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, we want to take special steps to support some of our older residents. Our older South Orange and Maplewood residents are the most vulnerable to this diseaseIf you are an older resident in need of assistance, please fill out the contact form on this page, or call (973) 558-0863.  All information will be kept confidential

A Time Before Vaccines
Last year, local photographer Joy Yagid, interviewed several older residents, capturing their stories of growing up in a time before vaccines.  Some of the stories seem familiar, especially now, with shutdowns and quarantines.  To see the video, click here: "A Time Before Vaccines"

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SOMA Two Towns for All Ages is supported through the generosity of

The Grotta Fund  for Senior Care