Princeton, New Jersey Print
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Lead Agency: Office for Aging
Action Plan Download
Princeton developed its action plan by first developing a baseline study and survey for its community, cataloguing existing initiatives that contribute to the quality of life for Princeton's older residents, and helping focus the plan on transportation, communications and information, and strengthening a multi-generational community. Princeton aims to increase housing stock and housing options by changing zoning restrictions, enhance transportation access for seniors who no longer want to drive, and develop new systems to keep older residents aware of updates in their community.
Action Plan Highlights
HousingCreate new, affordable housing options for older adults like co-housing, granny flats, and higher density neighborhoods.
TransportationIncrease options for biking and walking through a new bicycle master plan, expanded bike share programs, and improved crosswalks.
Communication and InformationBuild technological literacy among older adults by providing low-cost computer classes and access to computers.
Progress Report Download
Princeton's age-friendly progress report focuses on four areas: transportation, outdoor space and buildings, respect and social inclusion, and strengthening neighborhoods. Princeton supports the neighborhood FreeB, a small bus that runs a continuous loop six days a week to all older adult housing communities, downtown, the library, the shopping center, and the senior center. It also supports Crosstown, a door-to-door car service for residents to get to appointments, shopping, senior center, and the medical center complex. The initaitive also supported the major renovation of a historic park in the heart of a historic African American and immigrant community, including paved walkways, a pavilion, and additional, age-friendly seating. The community also expanded its GrandPals Program into all four local elementary schools, as well as the summer enrichment program and two classes of children with special needs. A model intergenerational program, over 130 older adult volunteers read weekly with the children in kindergarten.