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NYC Department for the Aging

September’s DFTA Healthcare Newsletter

DFTA continues to work to better align the aging and healthcare sectors. We are happy to present this month’s newsletter of recent healthcare developments related to the world of aging services. We will do our best to keep you up to date.

DFTA Healthcare Newsletter (in PDF)

DFTA’s Annual Plan Summary Public Hearings

Starting Oct. 17, DFTA will hold public hearings for its 2018-2019 Annual Plan Summary in each of the five boroughs. We welcome your comments and questions during the hearings. If you cannot attend, submit your testimony via email.

Annual Plan Summary (April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019) and hearing dates

Mayor Announces 18 Sites for Hurricane-Relief Donations

Mayor Bill de Blasio is encouraging New Yorkers to donate critically needed items for Hurricane Maria relief. The City is only collecting the following items for distribution: diapers, baby food, batteries, first aid supplies and feminine hygiene products.

See drop-off sites in each borough

De Blasio Administration Releases Age-Friendly NYC: New Commitments For a City For All Ages

Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives Richard Buery and the Department for the Aging release Age-Friendly NYC: New Commitments For a City For All Ages at Sunnyside Community Services in Queens. The report presents a comprehensive guide of nearly 90 City programs and initiatives designed to enrich the lives of older New Yorkers.

Age-Friendly NYC: New Commitments for a City for All Ages (in PDF)

Introducing PASSPort!

Introducing PASSPort! The Mayor’s Office of Contract Services (MOCS) is launching a new online procurement tool, the Procurement and Sourcing Solutions Portal (PASSPort), moving VENDEX online. PASSPort makes it easier for vendors to submit and keep disclosure documents up-to-date. PASSPort will allow Agencies to make determinations for contract awards and complete performance evaluations online. For additional information, email the PASSPort support team.

Learn more on PASSPort

Friendly Visiting Program

The Department for the Aging is working in partnership with Citymeals on Wheels, DFTA-funded case management and home delivered meal programs to match volunteers with homebound seniors for weekly home visits. The program offers both seniors and volunteers an opportunity to cultivate long lasting and meaningful friendships. For volunteers it opens the door to learning from a senior’s life experiences, and benefiting from the personal satisfaction derived from community service. For the senior, friendly visiting provides a sense of connection to the outside world, something to look forward to, and a sense of contributing to society through sharing their wisdom, knowledge, talents and stories with a new friend. Friendly visiting leads to the creation of meaningful relationships between seniors and volunteers, promoting intergenerational understanding.

Learn more on Friendly Visiting


Please read the messages below and take precautions for yourself and your family. Please check on your older relatives and neighbors and help them prepare for extreme heat events.

Extreme Heat Message and Precautions

Fully Integrated Dual Advantage Program (FIDA)

FIDA is a five year demonstration program which combines Medicare & Medicaid services for those living in the community who have or are in need 120 hours or more of home health care.

Learn more on FIDA here

An Open Letter to Older New York Immigrants

The New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) and the Mayor’s Office are committed to maintaining the diversity and inclusion upon which New York City was built. Regardless of where you were born, whether or how you decide to worship, or whom you love, DFTA will continue to welcome you with open arms. We understand that our City -- and Nation -- is strengthened by our differences.

An Open Letter to Older New York Immigrants

Know Your Pharmacy Benefits!

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging encourages all older adults to make sure that they know their pharmacy benefits. Pharmacy benefits can be confusing, leading some seniors to leave a lot of money on the table. Using benefits wisely leads to better health outcomes and financial savings.

Answers on Aging | Pharmacy Benefits


Help the City of New York build a catalog of inspiring women and celebrate women’s accomplishments by adding the name and a brief description of a woman who has inspired you – from history or the present, famous or little-known from anywhere in the world. Our goal is to gather 20,000 stories of activist women by the national Women’s Suffrage Centennial in 2020 (#20000By2020). The crowdsourced catalog will become part of the Municipal Archives.

Learn more about WomensActivism.NYC

Service Providers Seeking Contracts Urged to Register with New City System

Organizations can now compete for funding and manage multiple proposals in one system (HHS Accelerator). DFTA encourages all prospective proposers to register for training and complete an Application.

Learn more about the system and register

Newcomers to Medicare Invited to Free Classes

If you’re new to Medicare or soon will be eligible, join one of DFTA’s upcoming monthly orientation classes. The class includes information on Medicare Part A and Part B, Medigap insurance, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Part D drug coverage and the Medicare Savings Programs. Orientation is held at 2 Lafayette Street, room 624 once a month throughout the year. Here is the current schedule of classes – each class covers the same material.

Wednesday, November 29th: 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Space is limited so please register in advance by emailing

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