Who We Are

In 1978, 11 municipalities - Bogota, Cliffside Park, Edgewater, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Fairview, Fort Lee, Leonia, Palisades Park, Ridgefield, and Ridgefield Park - from Bergen County’s southeast region, pooled funds received from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program to form Southeast Senior Center for Independent Living (SESCIL). The focus was to provide preventive, maintenance and reparative health care programs and services to the elderly. Over the years, programs and services have expanded to include educational and creative classes, support and discussion groups, as well as transportation to and from the center.


Since its inception, SESCIL has had community based, policy making members on the Board of Directors, to oversee the development and ongoing growth of the organization. The staff consists of community professionals dedicated to supporting the well-being of our members.


In 1992, SESCIL took over administrative duties from the County and became a private non-profit organization.


Uniquely, SESCIL provides a broad range of therapeutic services and programs that maintain and restore the physical, emotional and social health of the elderly. Self-sufficiency and independent living is the goal to avoid premature and indeed any institutionalization.

SOUTHEAST SENIOR CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING To encourage, sustain, and support meaningful, active, healthy lives of senior citizens 
with programs and services that enrich the mind, strengthen the body and lift the spirit. SESCIL

Lydecker Homestead

We are fortunate to be housed in the historical Lydecker Homestead, located at 228 Grand Avenue, Englewood, NJ. The property was originally owned by the Lydecker family who held it for 11 generations, dating back to the early 1700’s. The house is a rare example of a Dutch Stone House, consisting of the south two-story sections, dated 1803 and north two-story section believed to have been built in 1781. The restoration and preservation work, together with the building of a contiguous one-story building, provides excellent space for SESCIL’s activities, permits community use and fosters pride in this historic treasure.


Board Members

Barbara Ryder, Englewood


Susan Proietti, Englewood


Dr. Jim Cole, Teaneck


Al Guditis, Demarest


Jacqueline Edwards, Teaneck

Board Member

Serena Carson, Englewood

Board Member

Betty Frank, Englewood

Board Member

Glen Garrison, Englewood

Board Member

Joan Johnson, Englewood

Board Member

Louise Schwartz, Englewood

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Jacqueline Wisner, Englewood

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We leave no room for excuses… there’s an exercise program for every taste and level of ability.


Educational Programs

“Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it.” 
Samuel Johnson


Art Programs

Participation in the arts leads to high levels of well being.


Social Services

Learn about the community based alternatives and opportunities available to you.


Support Groups

Learn how to regain previous levels of coping or to develop more effective coping skills.


Discussion Groups

“It is good to rub, and polish our brain against that of others.”  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne



228 Grand Avenue, Englewood NJ 07631

fax: 201.569.4148

phone: 201.569.4080