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NYC Department for the Aging

Transportation RFP

The Department for the Aging (DFTA) is seeking qualified vendors to provide transportation services for seniors aged 60 and older. By assisting older adults in getting to and from places they could not otherwise reach without the service, the Transportation Services Program (TSP) serves to deter seniors from becoming socially isolated and/or experience a decline in physical and/or mental well-being. A Request for Proposals (RFP) is released on May 18th through the HHS Accelerator system to those organizations prequalified in the relevant service areas.

Go to HHS Accelerator to learn more

Elder Abuse Public Awareness Campaign Gives a Face to Seniors Abused by their Loved Ones

Throughout May, citywide bus and subway advertising space will feature black and white portraits of elders who have been robbed, beaten, threatened or neglected by loved ones. DFTA’s campaign urges New Yorkers to report suspected abuse to 311, where they will be directed to a community-based elder abuse services agency.

Read Press Release (in PDF)

Staten Island Senior Olympics Welcomes S.I. Participants

If you are 50 years of age or older and a Staten Island resident, consider participating in the Annual Beatrice Victor Staten Island Senior Olympics this September for fun, health or even a medal. Application on the Olympics’ website.

Read about the Beatrice Victor Senior Olympics (in PDF)

Important information about the Zika Virus

Mosquito season starts in April and DFTA encourages everyone to protect themselves, their families, caregivers and friends from the Zika virus. Please share with your loved one the information below on how to protect yourself from the Zika virus and consider postponing travel to affected areas. The Zika virus is to be taken seriously in order to protect our health and the health of those we love.

Read more on Zika Virus Travel Warning (in PDF)
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Message from DFTA Commissioner

I am pleased to share the NYC Department for the Aging’s 2016-2018 Strategic Plan Mission, Goals and Objectives with you.

In my first two years as Commissioner, my staff and I have had the extraordinary opportunity to meet with and hear from a wide range of the Department’s stakeholders concerned about the well-being of older New Yorkers.

Based on input from those stakeholders, demographic data, and local and national trends across the country, we have updated the Department’s Strategic Plan to reflect the current and anticipated needs of New York City’s diverse older adult population. This Plan will enable the Department to better focus our efforts and resources over the next three years. We look forward to addressing the growing and unmet needs of all older New Yorkers together.

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.

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


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.

Tuesday, June 14: 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Space is limited so please register in advance by emailing

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