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Finkelstein, R, Garcia, A, Netherland, J, Walker, J. Toward An Age-Friendly New York City: A Findings Report. 2008.
A century ago, life expectancy at birth for New Yorkers was a mere 40.6 years for boys and 44.9 years for girls. Today, life expectancy at birth is 75.7 for boys and 78.7 for girls. Most New Yorkers can expect to live well beyond retirement into their 70s, 80s, and 90s. In fact, more and more New Yorkers are in their 70s, 80s, and 90s. Almost 12 percent of the population is over age 65, and in some neighborhoods that proportion reaches 20 percent. These additional decades of life represent a triumph of science and civilization, but they also pose a challenge: how can we adapt our City and neighborhoods to make sure older adults can lead happy, healthy, and productive lives? How can we become an age-friendly city?
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