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NYC Department for the Aging

In memory of the Sassoon Children: March 24 Fire Safety Training

Attend a community fire safety training and free smoke detector giveaway on Tuesday, March 24th , 7:00-9:30 p.m. Borough President Eric Adams, Councilman Chaim Deutsch, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Letitia James and other elected officials invite you to a presentation by the FDNY at PS 193 (Gil Hodges), 2515 Avenue L, Brooklyn.

Read the Invitation (in PDF)

DFTA Issues Transportation Services Concept Paper

The Department for the Aging invites feedback from the community regarding its forthcoming Transportation Services Program Request for Proposals (RFP). The Concept Paper highlights some of DFTA’s considerations as it plans its future Transportation Services Program. This is an opportunity for the public and service providers to comment on program elements, catchment areas and structures.

Concept Paper

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

Taxi Smart Card Program Accepting Applications

Disabled residents of Canarsie/Flatlands (Brooklyn CD 18) and Astoria (Queens CD 1) now have an alternative to Access-A-Ride. They can use taxi or livery car services for transport to the same places Access-A-Ride would have taken them and many other places. Eligible applicants receive a Taxi Smart Card pre-loaded with funds that can be used for the fare. For more information call DFTA at 212-442-3026 or the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities at 311.

Read a Fact Sheet (in PDF)
Download Application (in PDF)

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, March 24: 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Wednesday, April 15: 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Space is limited so please register in advance by emailing

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