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Legionnaires' Disease Information

The Health Department is currently investigating an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the South Bronx. The Health Department is actively investigating and is testing water from cooling towers and other potential sources in the area to determine the source of the outbreak. New Yorkers with respiratory symptoms, such as fever, cough, chills and muscle aches, are advised to promptly seek medical attention. The elderly are especially vulnerable to this disease. Please read the following FAQ's on Legionnaires' Disease in English and in Spanish.

Read more on Legionella FAQs (in English)
Read more on Legionella FAQs (in Spanish)

Helping Seniors Get the Benefits they are Due

With foundation support, DFTA’s new Benefits Enrollment Project with HRA, Single Stop, the Medicare Rights Center and LiveOn NY, is enrolling low-income seniors into safety net benefit programs such as SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, SCRIE (the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption Program) and the Medicare Savings Program. This project, which has been launched at 14 senior centers, is expected to bring an average of $3,000 in annual benefits to each enrolled senior, though specific amounts will vary based on individuals’ eligibility. The project ends in November 2015, but may be extended and expanded depending upon its success.

A listing of senior centers participating in the program

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

White House Conference on Aging

Watch the 2015 White House Conference on Aging to hear about the issues that will help shape the landscape for older Americans for the next decade. The event is being live streamed so tune in from 10am-5pm and watch! For more details, go to http://www.whitehouseconferenceonaging.gov/


ROBOCALL SCAM TARGETS OLDER NEW YORKERS

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.


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

SENIORS: STAY SAFE WITH THE FDNY!

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 Smoke.coalarms@fdny.nyc.gov.

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.

Wednesday, August 12: 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM

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


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