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A Request for Proposals for an App-Based Transportation Program has been released

The New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) is seeking qualified vendors, through a Request for Proposals (RFP), to provide car service for seniors aged 60 and older and persons with disabilities through the Car Service With App and Dispatch Options Program. The goal of the program is to improve access to transportation for New York City’s seniors and persons with disabilities by offering free car service rides and providing convenient ways to obtain these rides.

Learn more and enroll through HHS for the RFP

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)


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

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
Monday, December 19: 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Space is limited so please register in advance by emailing

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