The Office of the Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, in partnership with Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled (BCID), American Institute of Architects NY (AIA NY), Age-Friendly NYC, and The New York Academy of Medicine, launched the Access-Friendly NYC initiative in February of 2015 to improve accessibility in New York City public buildings.
Medical alert systems may have come to prominence with a series of commercials featuring the line, “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up,” but the security and peace of mind the systems offer is not a joke. It can be difficult to talk to your loved one about getting a medical alert device, but the Consumer Affairs community offers insight on how to start this conversation. A fall or injury can be devastating to an elderly person. Faster treatment can mean the difference between a full recovery and a long-term disability. Medical alert systems can help reduce response times, even when someone lives alone.
Looking for housing options for yourself, an aging parent, relative, or friend? Do some research first to determine what kind of assistance or living arrangement you need; what your health insurance might cover; and what you can afford. Then check here for financial assistance resources and guides for making the right choice. Talk to a HUD-approved housing counselor if you have questions about your situation.
The mission of the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) is “to work for the empowerment, independence, dignity and quality of life of New York City’s diverse older adults and for the support of their families through advocacy, education and the coordination and delivery of services.”
The New York City Human Resources Administration/ Department of Social Services (HRA/DSS) provides temporary help to individuals and families with social service and economic needs to assist them in reaching self-sufficiency.
Social Security delivers a broad range of services online at socialsecurity.gov and through a nationwide network of over 1,400 offices that include regional offices, field offices, card centers, teleservice centers, processing centers, hearing offices, the Appeals Council, and our State and territorial partners, the Disability Determination Services. We also have a presence in U.S. embassies around the globe. For the public, we are the face of the government. The rich diversity of our employees mirrors the public we serve, and we have a proud history of protecting the integrity of our programs and service to the public.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security and retirement planning. They advocate for consumers in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name, as well as help members, obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.
NYC Parks offers a variety of programs for older adults to keep active, healthy, social and engaged in their community. From sports to nature walks, from dancing under the stars to laps in the pool, older adults can continue to lead physically active lives through sports, fitness, and outdoor adventure.
If you are 65+, you can apply for a Reduced-Fare MetroCard by mail or in person. To apply, download read and complete the appropriate application located on the MTA website. You will also need to submit a 2” x 2 ½” photograph, and a photocopy of 2 valid ID’s, one of which must have your photograph on it. Free photography services are available if you apply in person at either the MetroCard Bus or Van, or the Customer Service Center in Lower Manhattan.
The New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) helps coordinate several programs that assist home-bound individuals and those with mobility challenges access services in their homes, or helps when needing to go out. These include Home-Delivered Meals, Home Care Services, Caregiver Services, Friendly Visiting, Telephone Reassurance, Shopping and Escort Assistance, Pen Pals, In-Home Educational services, Library Services and Carrier Alerts for the post office.
The cultural guides for seniors below provide details on New York City cultural groups’ programs for senior citizens and groups; ticket and membership discounts; and assistance available for visitors with disabilities. The cultural groups include museums, dance and theater companies, libraries, performing arts venues, zoos and more. Select a borough below to view the Senior Guide.
Meetup is the world’s largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities. There are many groups specifically for older adults, older men, older women you can find the site.
During the summer, we reserve time at many of our free outdoor pools for senior use (ages 62 and over). At Senior Splash, we offer free, modified water exercise classes taught by qualified water safety instructors. Additional activities include free swim instruction, lap swimming, and water ballet
JASA’s JPAC is a grassroots senior advocacy group that emphasizes leadership and civic involvement. JPAC provides training seminars, access to local and state officials, newsletters and public conferences.