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Age-friendly NYC: What’s New in 2014?

NYAM continues to steer the Age-friendly NYC initiative, which aims to make New York City a better place to grow old by promoting an "age-in-everything" lens across all aspects of city life.

In 2014, New York welcomed Mayor Bill DeBlasio and 21 new City Council Members. One of Mayor DeBlasio’s first priorities since taking office has been his Vision Zero plan, which aims to eliminate pedestrian fatalities throughout the city. The plan includes many policies that Age-friendly NYC’s Safe Streets for Seniors program has demonstrated to be beneficial to older adults. Older adults make up 12% of the NYC population but 39% of the city’s traffic fatalities. Attend an upcoming Town Hall meeting or City Council hearing to learn more about the plan.

Age-friendly NYC is thrilled to have continued leadership from Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, who was formerly Commissioner of the Department for the Aging, and newly elected City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a longtime Age-friendly NYC champion who created the first Aging Improvement District in East Harlem. Gale Brewer has also promised to bring the work she piloted on the Upper West Side to all of Manhattan as its new Borough President.

In just six years, the Age-friendly Cities concept in the U.S. has spread from New York and Portland to hundreds of other communities, including many who have looked to NYAM as an advisor and model. On May 13, Age-friendly NYC hosted a webinar about how age-friendly policies improve health and make economic sense, entitled “Why Create an Age-friendly Community? Evidence of Health and Community Improvements from Around the US.” Speakers included leaders from Age-friendly initiatives in New York, Philadelphia, Bowling Green, and Atlanta. The webinar was part of Conversations with GIA, a series sponsored by Grantmakers in Aging.

The American Planning Association (APA) just adopted a new policy guide on Aging in Community for its members across the U.S. Age-friendly NYC was a part of a small team that drafted the guide, which presents a framework relevant across professions. NYAM also published the report An Opportunity to Innovate: the Aging of Eastern Queens and Nassau County, offering 14 recommendations for North Shore-LIJ on how to better serve frail older adults in their service area.

Follow Age-friendly NYC on Facebook and Twitter to stay up on the latest happenings.

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Posted on May 14, 2014

Gina Ravosa
Director of Marketing & Communications
The New York Academy of Medicine
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New York, NY 10029
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