Rethinking Senior Services in New York City

Event - December 2018

Rethinking Senior Services in New York City

On December 10th, the Center for an Urban Future held a policy forum about expanding and improving senior services in New York City.

Tags: older adults

“Rethinking Senior Services in New York City”
A Center for an Urban Future Policy Symposium

Monday, December 10, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

@  NYU Puck Building
295 Lafayette Street

New York City’s senior population is larger and more diverse than ever. The number of older New Yorkers recently crossed the one million mark for the first time in the city’s history, and half of the city’s seniors are now foreign born. Given the unprecedented growth of the older adult population over the past two decades, the dramatic shifts in the composition of the city’s seniors, and the changing needs of this population, it’s time to step back and re-examine senior services across the five boroughs.

This forward-looking, solutions-focused forum brought together many of New York City’s leading practitioners and experts in the senior services field to explore expanding and improving senior services in the years ahead. Are New York's older adult services adequate to meet the needs of a growing population? What can be done to develop the right mix of services, given the changing demographics of the city's aging communities? How should city agencies—from the Department for the Aging and NYCHA to the Department of Health and the Department of Consumer Affairs—rethink the ways in which they serve older adults? How can programs and services be reimagined to boost effectiveness and keep up with the changing needs of New York's older adults?

The forum featured a panel discussion which included the following speakers:

  • Ruth Finkelstein, Executive Director, Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging
  • Kathryn Haslanger, CEO, JASA
  • Vasundhara Kalasapudi, Executive Director, India Home
  • Allison Nickerson, Executive Director, LiveON NY
  • Julio Urbina, VP and Director, Healthy Aging Program, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation

This symposium was made possible through generous support from The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the Altman Foundation, and The New York Community Trust.

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