Welcome to the Department for the Aging’s website. Whether you are a senior, a caregiver, a community partner or an interested visitor, we hope you will find it a valuable resource for information about New York City’s services and programs for older persons.
Older New Yorkers are among the City’s most valued assets. The experiences that they share with us, their viewpoints, skills and talents add to our City’s vibrancy. To ensure their well-being as they grow older, the Department is dedicated to working with its community partners to provide services and programs. Currently, there are nearly 1.44 million seniors throughout NYC with this number expected to grow to 1.84 million by 2030. Such an increase makes it even more imperative that DFTA, and its partners, continue to provide quality social services and programs to older adults.
We are proud to include among these services our Senior Centers. With close to 250 Senior Centers across NYC, including 16 Innovative Senior Centers (ISCs), and 28 Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORCs), DFTA continues to support these Centers’ activities and programs. In addition, DFTA provides seniors with home-delivered meals, in-home services, entitlements, benefits and community services; transportation, at little or no cost, free legal assistance, an Elderly Crime Victims Resource Center, an Alzheimer’s and Caregiver Resource Center, a Grandparent Resource Center, job training and placement for older adults, volunteering opportunities, services for LGBT seniors and those with vision and hearing loss, as well as crucial services to immigrants and refugees, who are among NYC’s fastest growing senior population.
Under the dynamic leadership of Mayor Bill de Blasio, DFTA will continue to offer these vital and at times lifesaving services to our seniors throughout NYC to ensure their well-being, sustained independence, and good health.
Donna M. Corrado, Ph.D.