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The International Federation on Ageing (IFA) has named Age-friendly NYC, a partnership between The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM), the NYC Mayor’s Office, and the New York City Council, the Best Existing Age-friendly Initiative in the world. The IFA announced the winners of its 2013 Summa Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Innovation Awards competition at its annual conference in Istanbul on October 5, 2013.
The award for Best Existing Age-friendly Initiative was created to recognize an existing-age friendly initiative that demonstrates innovation and visionary approaches to creating cities more inclusive of older people. The competition was open to cities, communities, and cross-cutting initiatives from the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Scores applied from around the world, and applicants were judged by an international panel of experts representing more than ten countries from the fields of medicine, architecture, design, urban planning, international relations, public administration, social work, business, and economics.
Dr. Ruth Finkelstein, Director of Age-friendly NYC and Senior Vice President for Policy and Planning at NYAM, accepted the award. She was joined by two representatives of the Age-friendly NYC Commission, Helen Hamlin, IFA Main Representative at the United Nations, and Dr. Linda Fried, Dean of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The award is accompanied by a $20,000 prize, which Age-friendly NYC has proposed investing into a community seed fund for aging innovation.
Age-friendly NYC challenges all sectors of the city to rethink aging and consider how best to serve and benefit from this growing population. Key accomplishments include 59 initiatives implemented across city agencies, more than 100 redesigned street intersections, and 1,000 local businesses embracing age-friendly practices. New York City is one of more than 150 cities that are members of the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities.
Watch the inspiring Age-friendly NYC video from the competition.
Posted on October 8, 2013
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