The Issues

Growing Older in New York

By 2030, 1 in 5 New Yorkers will be over 60. That is a significant increase and provides an opportunity to change the way we view aging in New York!

Access to Services

Community based senior services are an integral part of the safety net for millions of New Yorkers and their caregivers. These services provide nutritious meals, volunteer opportunities, health services, wellness classes and more. 


The discrimination and invisibility of older adults is a reality that  impacts older New Yorkers every day and is embedded in politics and institutions. We work hard to ensure that ageism is dismantled so that people can age like they have always lived.


In New York, family caregivers provider $32 billion of unpaid care. These caregivers come from every neighborhood and every county in New York. 

Cultural Competence

New Yorkers should be able to live the way they have aged: like New Yorkers. That means respecting differences with competent services that meet each persons need and background. 


As the population ages and lives longer, disability can be a reality. Older adults often face strong stigma and road blocks to accessing services for age-related or other disabilities. 

Economic Security

1 in 5 older New Yorkers live in poverty. The high cost of living in New York State, coupled with rising costs of food and medication can make later life a financially difficult time. At the core of our mission is supporting the economic security of later years.

Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse, which can take the form of emotional, physical, financial or sexual exploitation, is a hidden crisis with an astounding rate of under-reporting through NY.

Health & Health Care

Access to health and health services is a necessity for all people and especially important for older adults. We partner with numerous organizations to provide health and well programming.  

HIV & Aging

Research estimates predict that 50 percent of people with HIV in the U.S. will be age 50 and older by 2015—and by 2020, more than 70 percent of Americans with HIV are expected to be age 50 and older.


There is a crisis level need for affordable housing in New York City. A shocking 65% of single elderly households living in NYC rent stabilized units pay more than half of their income on rent.  


1 in 4 older adults living at home is nutritionally at-risk, which is a factor in half of all older adult hospital admissions and readmissions. Older people are also drastically under-enrolled in SNAP benefits. No older person should have to  make the daily choice between food, medication or rent. 

Legal & Financial

It is critical that older New Yorkers know their rights and seek counseling and advice when needed. 


Medicaid is a resource that is available for older adults who qualify. At LiveOn NY we have a benefits team that can screen for eligibility and facilitate enrollment. 

Mental Health

Mental health needs do not disappear in later life! It is critical that people have access to mental health services throughout their life course. Service providers also need skills to respond to the mental health needs.

Older Americans Act

Started in 1965, the Older Americans Act set a benchmark of support for seniors. We continually advocate for expanded services so that the Act's promise to care about older people is fulfilled. 

Social Isolation

Too often older people are ignored and invisible. This can create devastating social isolation. Everyone needs to respond by working together with older people to ensure diverse and intergenerational communities. 


Throughout New York State transportation allows older adult to travel to appointments, access services and remain engaged. Each community must respond with age-appropriate transportation options.