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NYC Department for the Aging

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

It’s never too late and you’re never too old to learn

Kingsborough Community College offers tuition-free classes through its “My Turn” program, and the CUNY school also offers continuing education programs, such as 50+ Wellness, for a fee. Call 718-368-5079 for more information.

My Turn program
Continuing education programs (in PDF)

New DFTA Healthcare Newsletter

DFTA is working to better align the aging and healthcare sectors. Welcome to our first newsletter of 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)

Winter Weather Tips

With the cold season upon us, it’s important to stay safe and to look out for the most vulnerable of New Yorkers, which includes people age 65 and older.

Tips and more info


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)

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.

Thursday, February 23: 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Thursday, March 30: 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Space is limited so please register in advance by emailing

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