About Us

Welcome to Lifelong Elizabeth!

Lifelong Elizabeth is a city-wide initiative with the mission to ensure that Elizabeth is a friendly place to grow up and to grow old.

From survey feedback and focus groups, we have identified four major areas of concentration that are important to seniors: communication & information, transportation, neighborhood safety & outdoor spaces, and safety within the home.

Funding for this initiative has been generously provided by the Grotta Fund for Senior Care.

What Is an Age Friendly City?

The World Health Organization states that the number of people aged 60 and older will double from 11% of the population today to 22% by the year 2050.

By then there will be more older people than children for the first time in human history!

In an age-friendly city policies, services, settings and structures support and enable people to age actively by:

  • Recognizing the wide range of capacities and resources among older people.
  • Anticipating and responding flexibly to ageing-related needs and preferences.
  • Respecting their decisions and lifestyle choices.
  • Protecting those who are most vulnerable.
  • Promoting their inclusion in, and contribution to, all areas of community life.

An age friendly city focuses on the following topics for seniors:

  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Social Participation
  • Respect and social inclusion
  • Civic participation and employment
  • Communication and information
  • Community support and health services
  • Outdoor spaces and building