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NYC Department for the Aging

Commissioner Donna Corrado to Chair Public Hearings on DFTA Annual Plan

The New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) will be holding public hearings on the agency’s 2014-15 Annual Plan Summary during October. Hearings provide a valuable opportunity for consumers, community partners, advocates and other interested parties to comment on the Department’s goals, objectives and program planning, or to give testimony on other issues that impact New York City’s older adults.

To register, email

Or call the contact person for the hearing you plan to attend:

Staten Island
Lorraine Bailey
(212) 602-4109

Darnley Jones
(212) 602-4264

If you are unable to attend one of the hearings, feel free to submit written testimony or comments to this email address or mail to: NYC Department for the Aging, c/o Yvette Parrish-Chenault, 2 Lafayette Street, 7th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10007

All Public Hearings are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

*Brooklyn - *Completed
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Brooklyn Borough Hall
Community Room
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

*Bronx - *Completed
Monday, October 6, 2014
Lincoln Hospital Auditorium
234 East 149th Street
Bronx, NY 10451

*Manhattan - *Completed
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
125 Worth Street
2nd Floor Auditorium
New York, NY 10013

Staten Island
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Staten Island Borough Hall
Conference Room 125
10 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10013

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Queens Borough Hall
Room 213, Part 2
120-55 Queens Boulevard
Kew Gardens, NY 11424

Download DFTA 2014-15 Annual Plan Summary

September is National Preparedness Month

NYC is most at risk from August through November. In 2002, Super Storm Sandy visited NYC and left reminders of how important it is for us to prepare. This is a good time to make sure you have an emergency plan and to review and update it.

Evaluate and update your personal emergency plan and Go Bag
Check to see whether you live in a hurricane evacuation zone on the Office of Emergency Management’s website, “Know Your Zone” section
Read tips for preparing for an emergency if you take prescription medications

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

A Complete Guide to Health Care Coverage for Older New Yorkers 2014

The New York City Department for the Aging’s Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP) developed this guide to help older New Yorkers better understand the health care coverage options currently available in New York City. The topics include Medicare Parts A and B, “Medigap” insurance, Medicare Advantage health plans, Medicare Part D, Medicare Savings Programs, Medicaid, and Long-Term Care Insurance. The information detailed here is current for the year 2014. Use it in good health!

A Complete Guide to Health Care Coverage for Older New Yorkers 2014 (in PDF)
A Complete Guide to Health Care Coverage for Older New Yorkers 2014 (Spanish) (in PDF)
A Complete Guide to Health Care Coverage for Older New Yorkers 2014 (Russian) (in PDF)
A Complete Guide to Health Care Coverage for Older New Yorkers 2014 (Chinese) (in PDF)

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, November 18th: 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Space is limited so please register in advance by emailing

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