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Medicare Enrollment Period Opens

This year’s Medicare Annual Election Period begins October 15 and runs until December 7. During this period, people with Medicare can enroll in or switch their Medicare Advantage/Medicare Health Plan and/or Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, with their new plan becoming effective January 1. Enrollment can be done online on the Medicare website or via phone 24/7 at 1-800-MEDICARE or by calling 311 and asking for DFTA’s Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP). People with Medicare are encouraged to review their plan choice each year as costs, benefits and features of the plan may change.

Where to find assistance in your community (in PDF)

ANYF, DFTA’s nonprofit partner, seeks MSO membership applications

The Aging in New York Fund, the nonprofit partner of the NYC Department for the Aging, has released an unfunded request for applications from agencies wishing to participate in the development of a new management services organization. MSO members will join in building health promotion services and administrative processes to facilitate contracting with health care payers. The application can be found here. Applications are due no later than November 16, 2016.

Annual notice of public hearings

The NYC Department for the Aging is holding hearings in every borough on our 2017-2018 annual plan. Hearings start Oct. 20. Please join us, and let your voice be heard.

Notice of Public Hearings (in PDF)
DFTA’s Annual Plan Summary (April 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018) (in PDF)


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

Mayor, DFTA, City Council speaker release ‘Aging in Place’ guide to help older New Yorkers

The guide includes recommended upgrades and modifications that building owners can make to help New York’s growing senior population age in place with dignity. See the guide and news release.

Read Press Release (in PDF)
Download the Aging in Place Guide for Building Owners (in PDF)

U.S. Attorney John H. Horn testifies before Senate on protecting older Americans from financial abuse

Seniors have many reasons to celebrate, including that they are more likely to have nest eggs, own their homes and have excellent credit. Unfortunately, these very characteristics make them attractive targets for scammers and con artists.

Learn more about protecting older Americans from financial abuse

Car Service with App and Dispatch Options Program Concept Paper

The Department for the Aging invites feedback from the community regarding its forthcoming Car Service with App and Dispatch Options Program Request for Proposals (RFP). The Concept Paper highlights some of DFTA’s considerations as it plans this Program. This is an opportunity for the public and service providers to comment on program elements, catchment areas and structures.

Read more on Car Service with App and Dispatch Options Program Concept Paper (in PDF)

Help for Grandparent Caregivers

DFTA’s Grandparent Caregiver Resource Center (GRC) provides information and assistance to help grandparents and other older relatives who have primary responsibility for children in the family. The GRC also has representatives on site at 15 NYCHA developments to help with information, education, referrals and other needed supports. The representatives are called Community Advocates and they are part of the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety (MAP). They are stationed at: Boulevard (Bk); Brownsville (BK); Bushwick (BK); Butler (Bx); Castle Hill (Bx); Ingersoll (BK); Patterson (BX); Polo Ground (M); Queensbridge (Q); Red Hook (BK); Stapleton (SI); St. Nicholas (M); Tompkins (BK); Van Dyke (BK); Wagner (M).

To learn more about the GRC and the MAP program, call 311 and ask for Grandparent Resources.

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.

Social Adult Day Care Programs in NYC

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.

Read more on Social Adult Day Care
Social Adult Day Care Registration Form

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.

Tuesday, November 22: 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Space is limited so please register in advance by emailing

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