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Cooling centers open across NYC amid heat wave

The city opened cooling centers on Friday as temperatures soared. To find a cooling center near you, call 311 (212-639-9675 for video relay service or 212-504-4115 for TTY). You can also find a cooling center online and get more information. And learn how to help seniors and the disabled amid high heat.

Find a cooling center and get more information
Learn how to help seniors and the disabled amid high heat

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
Download the Aging in Place Guide for Building Owners

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)

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)

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, July 21: 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Friday, August 12: 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Monday, September 12: 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Space is limited so please register in advance by emailing ehausman@aging.nyc.gov.


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