Photo Courtesy of Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan
Age-Friendly NYC is a set of programs designed to improve the lives of seniors throughout NYC.

Queens seniors are getting a lifestyle upgrade.

“Age-Friendly NYC: New Commitments For a City For All Ages,” announced on July 19 by the Department for the Aging (DFTA) at Sunnyside Community Services, is the newest plan for improving the lives of the 1.4 million seniors throughout New York City.

The report includes nearly 90 programs and initiatives across different agencies throughout the city designed to enrich the lives of older New Yorkers.

One of the major initiatives in the report is Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Housing New York plan, which includes plans to create or preserve affordable housing for seniors, as well as raising the income eligibility limits for the Senior Citizen Rent Increase and the Disability Rent Increase Exceptions.

“New York would not be the city it is today without the invaluable contributions of our senior citizens – a debt we are paying down with programs to help them age in place,” said de Blasio. “The initiatives outlined in Age-Friendly NYC will build on the progress we have made in meeting the needs of our growing community of older New Yorkers.”

With the population of adults over the age of 60 expected to represent over 20% of the city’s population, programs such as these will help meet the demands of this shift in demographic.

“The launch of the Age-Friendly NYC program will allow our great city to make the right investments in increasing the quality of life for all of our senior citizens,” said Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan. “I would like to thank Mayor de Blasio and his administration for launching a wonderful program that prioritizes the interest and well-being of all of our seniors so they can continue to remain active in their later years.”

Additional plans in Age-Friendly NYC call for a raise in baselined city funding for essential aging services by $84 million, adding mental health practitioners in senior centers to combat geriatric mental health issues in seniors, creating teams in Queens as well as the Bronx and Staten Island to better serve elder abuse victims, and creating Vision Zero initiatives to focus on the safety of older New Yorkers.

“I’m proud to lead the Department for the Aging’s work with our sister agencies in support of older adults through Age-Friendly NYC,” said DFTA Commissioner Donna Corrado. “Seniors deserve our support as they age in place. They still have much to offer society, and they contribute greatly to New York’s diverse communities.”


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