The City's Age-friendly NYC: New Commitments for a City for All Ages initiative launched in 2017 with nearly 90 programs from agencies such as Housing Preservation and Development, the Departments of Finance, Health and Mental Hygiene, Parks and Recreation, the Department for the Aging, and New York City Emergency Management.
With more people living past age 60 than ever before, Age-friendly NYC shows the City's commitment to helping older adults age in place with dignity.
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The Department for the Aging's nonprofit arm, the Aging in New York Fund, created the management-services organization CommunityCare Link to better connect health care providers with the Department’s network of community partners.
CommunityCare Link gives providers an opportunity to treat patients through falls-prevention and disease self-management classes and other programs. The management-services organization supports older adults in living longer, healthier lives by advocating for a holistic approach to medical care.
The New York City Falls Prevention Coalition was established in 2010 as an Age-friendly NYC initiative. The New York City Department for the Aging and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene co-chair the Coalition.
The Coalition is a partnership of organizations and members from various professional backgrounds. Members meet regularly to collaborate and raise awareness about the dangers of falls. Approximately 1 in 3 older adults falls every year - and those falls can be fatal.
The Coalition also holds events in support of National Falls Prevention Awareness Day.
Multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) identify gaps in services and find resources to better help victims of elder abuse. Team members include people with professional experience in law enforcement, social work, and other backgrounds. Members develop a multi-agency plan in response to each client referral.
Through a partnership with Weill Cornell's New York City Elder Abuse Center, the Department for the Aging offers MDT services in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island.
New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray and Mayor Bill de Blasio's ThriveNYC is raising awareness about mental health issues, removing stigmas, and improving access to care - including through the NYC Well phone, text, and chat service.
The Department for the Aging (DFTA) has two ThriveNYC programs: the Geriatric Mental Health Initiative at senior centers and the in-home Friendly Visiting Program .