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NYC Department for the Aging

NYC Weather Alert!

Extreme cold expected this weekend. Please read the post below for safety tips that will protect you from the cold.

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Connecting You to the Services You Need

The NYC Department for the Aging has launched NY Connects, a trusted resource that will help seniors and anyone with a disability, regardless of age, income, type of disability or insurance status, access information on the services they need. NY Connects can find public entitlements you may be eligible for; connect you to support groups, including those for caregivers; connect you to home-based services; direct you to relevant financial and legal information and help you move to your home from a hospital or nursing home. For more information, go to our new NY Connects website.

Department for the Aging’s Annual Plan

DFTA’s Annual Plan Summary is a synopsis of its Annual Implementation Plan submitted each year to the New York State Office for the Aging. The Summary presents DFTA’s strategic goals, programming, budget and service levels for programs funded through federal and state resources.

Read DFTA’s Annual Plan Summary (in PDF)


Pursuant to Local Law 9 of 2015, all New York City Social Adult Day Care (SADC) programs are required to register with the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA). To find out more about how NYC SADC programs can register with DFTA as well as become more familiar with the requirements and other aspects of the local law, click below.

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Social Adult Day Care Registration Form

White House Conference on Aging

Watch the 2015 White House Conference on Aging to hear about the issues that will help shape the landscape for older Americans for the next decade. The event is being live streamed so tune in from 10am-5pm and watch! For more details, go to

Municipal ID Cards Available in January

In January, municipal Identification Cards became available to all NYC residents who provide proof of identify and residency. Here are some key facts about the ID Card:

  • The ID Card is free.
  • The ID Card is not required. It provides a recognized identification document for people who have difficulty applying for or obtaining other forms of ID. It also provides many exciting benefits.
  • The card assures access to all City services.
  • With the card you are eligible for one year free memberships at 33 of the City’s leading cultural institutions, including museums, botanical gardens and zoos in all five boroughs. The membership will be comparable to each institution’s stand one-year membership package.
  • The City will announce walk-in centers and make available an on-line application that can be completed before visiting a center.
  • No City agency will ask persons seeking assistance about immigration status.
  • No City agency will ask persons seeking assistance about legal status.
  • The Card does not provide legal status.
  • The City will protect the confidentiality of all municipal ID card applicants.
  • Unscrupulous persons may try to sell the Card or promise legal status if you buy a Card from them. You should report anyone that is committing any type of fraud regarding the Card.
Municipal ID Fact Sheet (in PDF)
Immigrant Access to City Services (in PDF)
Benefits of the Card


Firefighters will visit your home to review the condition of your current smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and will install 10-year combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms if you’re a senior, a person with disabilities, or have a hearing problem and live in one of the areas listed below. To schedule, please call (718) 281-3872 or email

Bronx Community Boards 5 and 10: South Fordham, University Heights, Morris Heights, Mount Hope, Throggs Neck, Country Club, Zerega, Westchester Square, Pelham Bay, EAstchester Bay, City Island

Brooklyn Community Boards 12, 13 and 14: Borough Park, Kensington, Midwood, Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Bensonhurst, Gravesend, Seagate

Manhattan Community Boards 11 and 12: Washington Heights, Inwood, East Harlem

Queens Community Boards 4 and 7: Corona, Elmhurst, Newton, Flushing, Bay Terrace, Willets Point, College Point, Whitestone

Staten Island Community Board 3: Annadale, Arden Heights, Bay Terrace, Charleston, Eltingville, Great Kills, Greenridge, Huguenot, Pleasant Plains, Prince’s Bay, Richmondtown, Richmond Valley, Rossville, Tottenville

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.

Thursday, February 25: 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Space is limited so please register in advance by emailing

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