My newest report, based on over 1,000 responses from senior New Yorkers, “Steps to a more Age-friendly Manhattan,” proposes dynamic solutions for addressing the needs of our older adults, researched and written in partnership with The New York Academy of Medicine.
The report is part of my office’s Age-friendly Manhattan initiative, covering everything from transportation to housing to community support and health services.
Key findings from “… Read more
Hundreds of people braved the rain to attend “Make Manhattan Mine,” my special event focused on how we can make Manhattan more age-friendly, as NYC’s senior population is projected to grow by close to 500,000 people by 2040.
We kicked the afternoon off with a brain-storm session on initiatives that would help seniors in their day-to-day lives, and then held workshops on transportation, open space, and accessibility; a streetscape design… Read more
My office surveyed more than 200 supermarkets across the borough to identify each store’s senior-friendly policies and infrastructure.
With our mobile-friendly database, you can find out which stores in your neighborhood offer amenities like wheelchair accessibility, delivery, public restrooms, escalators or elevators (for stores not at ground-level), senior discounts, and acceptance of SNAP/EBT.
You can also download a PDF of the guide, organized by Manhattan’s 12 Community Board districts: Click … Read more
With Manhattan’s senior population growing steadily, we have to make sure that older adults are supported as they continue to age. Coined by the World Health Organization (WHO), the term “age-friendly” refers to strategies that enable seniors to be active, participate in our community, and stay connected with people who are important to them.
Make Manhattan Mine is my new age-friendly initiative to make the borough a better place to… Read more
This program allows seniors to purchase fresh, regionally grown fruit and vegetables for just $8 a bag.
Healthy food should be available to everyone, but especially to elderly New Yorkers. As an elected official, I’ve made increasing access to quality, affordable, and locally-grown food a priority. My Fresh Food for Seniors program, a version of which I launched in 2012 as a City Council Member, delivers discounted bags of local fruits and veggies—sourced from local farms via GrowNYC’s Greenmarket Co. food hub—to senior centers and apartment buildings… Read more
Growing older shouldn’t solely be about loss of abilities – it can be a time of enrichment and new growth. By 2030, it’s estimated that New York City’s 65-and-over population will be nearly double what it was in 2010. As this population grows and people live longer, staying culturally engaged is life-enhancing—and easy to do in a city as vibrant as New York.
That’s why my office sponsored “Aging … Read more
Today, Borough President Brewer and Deputy Mayor Richard Buery announced the de Blasio Administration’s commitment to fund a van and part-time driver to support the Fresh Food for Seniors program, which makes bags of fresh, locally-sourced produce available to seniors in multiple Manhattan neighborhoods for just $8. A dedicated van for produce deliveries to pickup locations will make the program more sustainable and lay the groundwork for further expansion.
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Seniors can buy fresh, locally-grown produce for just $8 per bag at senior centers, other participating sites
Today, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced the relaunch of her Fresh Food for Seniors program for 2017, which will operate through November. The program makes bags of fresh, locally-grown produce available for purchase bimonthly at participating senior centers and buildings in multiple Manhattan neighborhoods.
“Access to fresh food, and especially fresh… Read more
More than 700 seniors packed the CUNY Graduate Center’s auditorium and event space for “Up with Aging,” an informational event focused on aging and brain health hosted by Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer.
Borough President Brewer moderated the event’s panel discussion on brain health and aging, which featured Dr. Matthew E. Fink, neurologist-in-chief at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill-Cornell Medical Hospital, Prof. Wendy A. Suzuki of New… Read more