Beginning in 2018, the Brooklyn Borough President's Office partnered with The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) to launch Age-friendly Brooklyn--an initiative that builds on earlier neighborhood-specific work and an accessibility audit of Brooklyn Borough Hall--to make the entire borough inclusive and welcoming to older people. Age-friendly Brooklyn is working to: (1) Regularly solicit feedback from older people about their quality of life to inform neighborhood planning processes; (2) Create new opportunities for health and well-being and increase social, physical, and economic participation; (3) Better connect older people with information and resources; and (4) Mobilize older people and their service providers to advocate for local age-friendly improvements. As part of Age-friendly NYC, the City's long-standing partnership between NYAM, the Mayor's Office, and the City Council, Age-friendly Brooklyn uses a framework developed by the World Health Organization that asks older people about their daily lives with respect to: (1) Outdoor spaces and buildings; (2) Transportation; (3) Housing; (4) Social participation; (5) Respect and social inclusion; (6) Civic participation and employment; (7) Communication and information; (8) Community support and health services. Collectively, these are known as the Eight Domains of an Age-friendly Community. This report summarizes the findings of a survey covering the Eight Domains that asked people about their experiences living in Brooklyn in 2018. Through the launch of Age-friendly Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Borough President has committed to working with the City and private-sector partners to make improvements to local resources, institutions, services, and amenities that reduce or eliminate barriers identified through the survey, where possible.
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