The campaign and services are made possible by an additional $4 million investment awarded by the de Blasio Administration in the current fiscal year.
NEW YORK, NY (May 10, 2018) – The New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) has launched a citywide ad campaign to bring attention to expanded respite services, which allow caregivers to take much-needed time off. The campaign and services are made possible by an additional $4 million investment from the de Blasio Administration in the current fiscal year.
The campaign features caregivers spending quality time with older adults, and there are variations of one message: You care for them. We’ll care for you. Translated into English, traditional Chinese, Russian, and Spanish, the campaign aims to reach caregivers through bus shelters, Staten Island ferries, subways, online, in newspapers, and LinkNYC kiosks.
“We understand how physically, emotionally and financially demanding caring for a friend or loved one can be,” said Department for the Aging Commissioner Donna Corrado. “These caregiver respite services are flexible and allow us to assist caregivers on their own terms. Everyone’s experience is different, and now we are able to offer services to meet those diverse needs.”
The $4 million funding increase is in addition to money DFTA receives from the National Family Caregiver Support Program under the federal Older Americans Act, allowing DFTA to serve more caregivers and older adults with $8 million this fiscal year.
In 2017, DFTA completed “A Survey of Informal Caregivers in New York City,” pursuant to Local Law 97 of 2016. After developing and conducting a survey of unpaid caregivers, DFTA created a comprehensive plan to address their needs. The study includes the following snapshot of the City’s unpaid caregivers:
In addition to those surveyed, there are many more unpaid caregivers who do not self-identify as caregivers. Oftentimes, someone who works a full-time job and goes home to care for a loved one may assume this role without support to meet cultural expectations. It is DFTA’s hope that through this marketing campaign, more people will recognize their own caregiving efforts and seek help.
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.