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Healthy Aging

Creating Environments in Cities that Support Healthy Aging

NYAM works to create environments, policies, and programs that will allow older adults in New York City and around the nation and world to live longer, healthier lives and stay fully engaged in their communities. Approximately one-fifth of the world’s population will be 60 years of age by the year 2030. New York City—and cities worldwide—must prepare now to meet the needs of their expanding older populations.

Designing Age-friendly Cities

New York City’s population of older adults is expected to increase by 45% between 2010 and 2030, when 1 in every 5 New Yorkers will be over the age of 60. Appreciating that the city must respond effectively, the Mayor's Office, the New York City Council, and NYAM launched Age-friendly New York City, joining the World Health Organization’s global network of 35 Age-friendly Cities working to promote active aging by assessing their own assets and challenges through the eyes of older adults. Since 2008, Age-friendly NYC has catalyzed thousands of changes throughout the city in the areas of transportation, public safety, recreation, and more.

Honoring Age Smart Employers

The Age Smart Employer Awards is an initiative of the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center and NYAM, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. These awards, now in their second year, honor New York City employers who value workers of all ages. The Age Smart Employer Awards create healthy competition and inspire others to think creatively about how their businesses can make the most of older employees to meet business needs while enabling older adults to stay engaged and productive. 

NYAM in the Media

After the Fall: Preventing Catastrophe
In a New York Times letter to the editor, NYAM President Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford responds to recent Times coverage of falls among older adults and emphasizes the importance of making cities safer for older residents through practical solutions.

Creating an Age-Friendly City

AGE-FRIENDLY NYC is a a program created by The New York Academy of Medicine, the NYC Council and the Office of the Mayor. This video provides an introduction to the process of creating an Age-Friendly City.

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