- Policy & Programs
- The Journal of Urban Health
Making cities healthier for all.
Over the next 25 years and beyond, we will see an increase of more than 40 percent in people over 65 living in New York City. They will also be the most diverse generation of older persons in any city in the U.S. The Academy has identified healthy aging as a priority area, and is committed to preparing New York City to meet the needs of this fast growing segment of the population.
The foundation of our healthy aging work is our Age-friendly NYC program, a one-of-a-kind partnership between the Academy, the Office of the Mayor, and the New York City Council. Steered by the Age-friendly NYC Commission, a public-private partnership, the Age-friendly agenda is not only helping people of all ages to live healthy, active lives right now, but is also building an infrastructure to address the aging boom of the future.
Named the Best Existing Age-friendly Initiative in the World by the International Federation on Ageing in 2013, the Age-friendly NYC program was the first large-city initiative in the world following the Academy’s work with the World Health Organization to develop age-friendly cities criteria.