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Partnering with The Aging in New York Fund

On April 6, 2017, the State Society on Aging of New York partnered with The Aging in New York Fund, Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults, the NYC Department For The Aging (DFTA), United Neigh­borhood Houses of New York, and York College (CUNY) to host a Food Insecurity Forum on food access issues for older New Yorkers in Queens. Food insecurity can be defined as having an insufficient household budget to be able to purchase food that provides the nutritional content needed for good health. The Forum is summarized on pages 2-3 in York College's summer magazine. This was the fourth food insecurity fo­rum in the past three years in New York City. As policies change and more people have to seek alternative means to eat, more forums like this can be expected.

$28.7 million from the Federal Transit Administration

New York State has received $28.7 million from the Federal Transit Administration to help communities eliminate barriers to traditional transportation services and enhance public mobility alternatives for seniors and New Yorkers with disabilities. Funding applications will be accepted through August 21, 2017.

From the Governor's press release: "New York remains committed to enhancing transportation mobility, especially for seniors and individuals with disabilities – and with this federal funding, we will increase access to safe, reliable transportation in communities across the state," Governor Cuomo said. "I encourage local governments and organizations to apply for funding, help improve public transit, and support our efforts to improve the lives of New Yorkers in every region of this state."

This new grant opportunity will enable private not-for-profit organizations and municipal governments to:

  • Purchase accessible buses and vans;
  • Implement mobility management programs;
  • Provide travel training and assistance to users; and
  • Improve the accessibility of bus stops, including sidewalks, curb-cuts, and updated signage or wayfinding technology.

The New York State Department of Health Alzheimer’s Disease Program

The New York State Department of Health Alzheimer’s Disease Program, funds multiple initiatives across New York State, including the Centers of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease program, the Alzheimer’s Disease Community Assistance Program, the Alzheimer’s Disease Regional Caregiver Support Initiative, and the Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative for Underserved Communities. Patients, caregivers, and service providers across New York State can identify funded initiatives in their local area here.

Older Immigrants a Rising Share of New York's Seniors

In May of 2017, the Center for an Urban Future published "The Aging Apple: Older Immigrants a Rising Share of New York's Seniors." Christian González-Rivera, SSA Board Member and Senior Researcher at the Center for an Urban Future, writes: "The growth in New York's older immigrant population is far outpacing that of the U.S. born senior population. There are now more people over the age of 65 in the city than there are children ages 10 and younger. And for the first time since the end of World War II, the share of older New Yorkers who were born outside of the U.S. reached 49.5 percent—nearly equal to the native-born share." Learn more about older immigrants in New York City, and access the full report.

A Blueprint for Serving NYC's Growing Senior Population

In March of 2017, the New York City Comptroller's Office released the report "Aging with Dignity: A Blueprint for Serving NYC’s Growing Senior Population." According to the Comptroller's website: "This report by New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer puts forward a number of policy proposals that, combined with long-range strategic planning from City agencies, could form a backbone of such a blueprint. The report begins by documenting the growth in the senior population across the City, as well as the neighborhoods with the largest number and highest concentration of seniors. Using this data, the report then analyzes the conditions in which New York City’s seniors live and looks at the senior-focused programs and services run by the City of New York, in some cases down to the neighborhood level." For more information and to access the full report, visit the New York City Comptroller's Office.