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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.
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, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, 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.
In 2012, NYAM received a grant to develop and launch a new awards program that recognizes employers who promote policies and practices that benefit multigenerational workforces and enhance business success. The Age Smart Employer Awards is an initiative of Age-friendly NYC and NYAM, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. These awards honor New York City employers who value workers of all ages. The first round of winners was honored in February 2014.
Getting Better With Age-friendly Programs
Since its launch in 2009, Age-friendly NYC has engaged the City's agencies, non-profit and business communities to better include and serve older adults in such areas as community and civic participation; housing; public spaces and transportation; and health and social services.