The Department for the Aging’s Advisory Council advises the Department and the Commissioner on policies and programs.
The Advisory Council has 31 members. The City Council recommends 10 of the members - two from each borough - to better represent the City's diversity. At least 16 members come from nonprofit organizations that serve older New Yorkers. Other members have experience and knowledge in social services, health, and the academic community.
The Older Americans Act and City charter require DFTA to have an Advisory Council. The Mayor appoints all members, who serve for three years and aren't paid for their work.