NEW YORK (Oct. 10, 2018) – Starting next week, the City’s older adults, their caregivers, and nonprofit providers of community services will have the opportunity to voice concerns and suggestions to the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) during DFTA’s Annual Plan Summary hearings in each borough.
The current Plan, for April 1, 2019 - March 31, 2020, includes updated demographics of the City’s older residents, an overview of DFTA services and operations, an overview of DFTA’s Plan 2025, and a breakdown of DFTA’s $385 million budget for fiscal year 2019. The Plan also serves as DFTA’s roadmap as it works to improve the lives of the City’s nearly 1.6 million older adults.
DFTA encourages anyone — regardless of age — with an interest in the topic to attend the public hearings and comment on issues that impact older New Yorkers.
Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 9:30 am
BronxWorks Morris Innovative Senior Center
80 E. 181st St.
Bronx, NY 10453
Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 10 am
Albany Neighborhood Senior Center
196 Albany Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11213
Monday, Oct. 22 at 10 am
Leonard Covello Innovative Senior Center
312 E. 109th St.
New York, NY 10029
Thursday, Oct. 25 at 9:30 am
JCC of Staten Island
1466 Manor Rd.
Staten Island, NY 10314
Friday, Oct. 26 at 10 am
Sunnyside Community Services
43-31 39th St.
Sunnyside, NY 11104
“These hearings foster an exchange of information between government and its citizens in a safe and open environment. It’s grassroots democracy and advocacy at its best!” says DFTA Commissioner Donna Corrado. “I appreciate New Yorker’s input and ideas about how the City can best respond to the needs of older adults.”
Some of DFTA’s key services include senior center programming; in-home care through case management; elder abuse and prevention counseling; the Health Insurance Information, Counseling, and Assistance Program for Medicare recipients; Senior Employment Unit job training; the Caregiver Resource Center; the DFTA Geriatric Mental Health and Friendly Visiting programs; and transportation services.
The New York City Department for the Aging works to eliminate ageism and ensure the dignity and quality of life of New York City’s diverse 1.6 million older adults. DFTA also works to support caregivers through service, advocacy, and education. DFTA is the largest area agency on aging in the U.S.