The Aging City

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Increasingly, older New Yorkers plan to continue working past the traditional age of retirement, remain living in their homes longer than prior generations, take charge of their health and wellness, participate fully in social, political and community activities, and continually advance their personal development.  An aging policy for all, then, must meet these individuals in the myriad of settings where they seek to thrive and contribute, and must align public and private resources to support their constructive engagement as agents in successful and active aging. At the same time, we must recognize the critical needs of tens of thousands of frail elderly, many of them home-bound and socially isolated, who depend on social services, meals, and neighborhood-based programs to be able to remain safe and independent in their own homes. 

A caring and comprehensive policy approach will preserve and enhance services, case management, and caregiver support for the most vulnerable, while simultaneously enabling all older adults to achieve their maximum potential. A strategic orientation is needed to meet these complex challenges that crosses sector, agency, regulatory, and institutional boundaries to invest scarce public and private resources for maximum impact.  It must support older adults as agents in their own success, while also providing critical services for the needy and frail. The “Longevity Revolution” is transforming the aging landscape in New York City and demands widespread innovation, commitment and investment if we are to meet the challenge of creating a 21st Century city that is truly a city for all.