In order for New York to be a fair city for all ages, the DFTA service system must be financially supported at levels reflective of the needs it serves. At a time of historical demographic increases for the aging population, the DFTA budget is well under 1% of the city budget…
While services such as senior centers, home-delivered meals or affordable senior housing with services are non-medical by definition, their impact has a uniquely positive effect on the overall health of a senior and a reduction in costs that would otherwise be imposed to our healthcare system. For example, data has shown that the majority of the seniors that go to a senior center receive more than half of their daily nutritional intake from meals they eat at the center.
The work of community based service providers also has significant health impacts from lowering rates of depression, to preventing isolation, to even reducing hospitalization rates for older adults, and more. For example, given that studies now show that loneliness surpasses obesity as an early predictor of morbidity, the ability for senior centers to provide socialization opportunities is key to combating this risk-factor.
Prior to illuminating the very real challenges that often exist for older adults in the workplace, we must step back and recognize the obvious but often underappreciated fact that aging is, in fact, a life process. By this we mean that we are all aging: that 50 is not the same as 85, nor are 75 or 45 monolithic experiences to be benchmarked by a standard set of life events. We all experience life, and aging, differently and deserve the opportunity to thrive in accordance with our own drive, desires, limitations, and values, no matter the age. For some, this may mean an early and long-awaited retirement; for others, a second act in an unexplored career path; for most, however, it means the continued economic pressures of an often unequal society.
At LiveOn NY, we work hard to make sure that the public hears about the issues affecting older New Yorkers, as well as the incredible momentum that exists as we grow old. To this aim, we are proud of each and every time we are able to share this narrative with the press and our local communities.
“Older New Yorkers have built this city, and continue to do so, through volunteering, civic engagement, caregiving, and community building,” states Allison Nickerson, Executive Director of LiveOn NY. “Despite their role in strengthening this City, we remain concerned that older New Yorkers and the community-based providers working tirelessly to serve this population are being left out of the gains made in this budget…” Read More
The city’s budget reflects its priorities. For New York City to truly be the fairest big city, fairness must extend across the lifespan. The Department for the Aging (DFTA) budget accounts for less than ½ of 1% of the total city budget despite the fact that older adults are the fastest growing demographic…
On the 23rd anniversary of LiveOn NY’s Aging Advocacy Day, 300 older adults from over 100 senior centers, NORCs and other programs converged on City Hall and met with 43 Councilmembers to talk about how senior services fuel their communities. Older New Yorkers are the fastest growing population in the City. From 2000 to 2030 their numbers will double to 1.84 million, about one in five New Yorkers. Current resources do not allow senior services staff to connect with the broad array of needs of ever changing immigrant groups, diverse populations and caregivers…
Advocates were successful this year in getting the biggest budgetary win for senior services in 15 years: $22.8 million additional dollars in the FY18 budget. This funding will support senior centers, homecare services, case management, weekend meals, and caregiver services throughout the five boroughs. Trust grantee LiveOn NY and its members played a key role in securing this victory.
In 2016, LiveOn NY conducted a survey, entitled “Through the Roof” which found that an estimated 200,000 seniors are on wait lists for housing through the HUD202 program in New York City. The lack of affordable housing can have adverse effects on a senior’s health as it forces one to make the difficult choice between skipping meals, going without medications, or avoiding needed healthcare in order to afford rent.