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The New York State Office for Aging has been made aware of a new robocall scam that attempts to lure older New Yorkers into providing their personal information over the phone. The voice on the robocall identifies itself as the New York State Office for the Aging and asks the individual answering the phone to press a button if someone in the home is over 65 and would be interested in receiving a free Medic Alert pin and $3000 in coupons for food or other items.

This is a SCAM. The New York State Office for the Aging does not give away items, money or coupons and will NEVER solicit personal information over the phone.

If you receive a similar call, you should HANG UP IMMEDIATELY. Reports of financial scams should be reported to the Consumer Protection Division of the NYS Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-771-7755, the NYS Department of Financial Services at 1-800-697-1220 or the NYS Department of State (518) 474-8583.

DFTA mourns former Deputy Commissioner Mary J. Mayer

DFTA wishes to express its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mary J. Mayer, our dear friend and colleague, on her recent passing.

Mary leaves behind an impressive and inspiring legacy in both the public and not for profit sectors that began with her work as Director of Research for the Girl Scouts of America. Mary then went on to work for the New York City Department for the Aging, from 1968 through 1993, where she held the position of Director of Research, Planning and Policy Analysis. At the time of her retirement in 1993, Mary was DFTA’s Deputy Commissioner.

Mary also represented the International Federation on Aging at the United Nations in New York, where she was Chair of the By-Laws and Nominating Committees of the NGO Committee on Ageing as well as serving on its Program Committee. Mary also worked through this Committee to develop relationships with the focal points on aging in the Secretariat and some of the Specialized Agencies.

A staunch advocate for older adults, Mary worked with the International Federation of Ageing at the UN, was a board member of Selfhelp Community Services, Inc., and a valued member of DFTA’s Senior Advisory Council.

Donna Corrado, Ph.D

DFTA Issues Case Management Services Concept Paper

The Department for the Aging invites feedback from the community regarding its forthcoming Case Management Services Program Request for Proposals (RFP). The Concept Paper highlights some of DFTA’s parameters, expectations and considerations for case management programs. This is an opportunity for the public and service providers to comment on program elements and structures.

Concept Paper

Together on Diabetes Making a Difference in Senior Health

Developed for seniors with diabetes to help improve diabetes control and quality of life, Together on Diabetes in New York City (ToD-NYC) is a community partnership with the United Hospital Fund that provides ongoing education and support in community based agencies and has information-sharing capability with health care providers. The program is demonstrating that self-care behavior can improve and be sustained and that health insurers are interested in reimbursing for community based programs that work.

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New Directory Identifies Local Providers of Oral Care to Seniors

Poor oral health may result in pain, difficulty eating, chewing, speaking, kissing and embarrassment about facial appearance. Oral diseases are also increasingly recognized as being associated with medical problems among older persons such as cardiovascualar diseases, cerebrovascular diseases, repiratory infections, and diabetes. Recognizing the importance of oral health, the NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA), in partnership with Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine and Citymeals-on-Wheels, has developed an Oral Care Provider Directory. The Directory is organized by borough and Community District and includes information about Medicaid and other insurance plans accepted, languages spoken, home visits and whether the provider treats elderly clients.

DFTA Oral Care Provider Directory (in PDF)

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, July 9: 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Space is limited so please register in advance by emailing

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