To receive our monthly eNews as well as event notices and other updates, just enter your email address.
NEW YORK — A new initiative aims to improve support for older adults before, during and after disasters.
The New York Academy of Medicine says adequate community support could have prevented suffering among older residents during Superstorm Sandy.
The academy says thousands of older adults were isolated in dark, unheated apartments without sufficient food, running water, or medical assistance. It says 24 of the 43 reported deaths in New York City were people over age 60.
One focus will be getting timely help during power outages for people with medical devices and limited mobility.
The project also will examine how businesses, property managers and landlords, tenant groups and civic associations can help.
The initiative is funded by grants from The New York Community Trust and the Altman Foundation.
Andrew J. Martin
Director of Communications
The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10029
Reporters: to arrange interviews with NYAM medical and urban health experts, contact
Andrew J. Martin, Director of Communications
212-822-7285 / email@example.com
This report identifies opportunities that build on both the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) and New York’s ongoing efforts toward improving the health of its 19 million residents.
Read press release