The passage of the Older Americans Act (OAA) in 1965 created a nationwide aging network consisting of the federal Administration on Aging, State Offices for the Aging and local Area Agencies on Aging. In 1968, the New York City Department for the Aging was established as the Mayor’s Office for the Aging and funded by OAA as a three-year demonstration project.
Among the new Office’s first initiatives were two groundbreaking cross-ethnic research projects examining the needs of urban elderly. These studies earned the new agency a national reputation as the premier voice for urban elderly. The Office also opened four neighborhood sites to identify and coordinate the services then available for older people and to provide information and referral services. The first major program of this new agency was a Half Fare program for older New Yorkers. Now called Reduced Fare and operated by the Department of Transportation, this program remains a major benefit for older persons.
For more information please visit the Department for the Aging website.