New York City is home to a robust network of grassroots organizations run by and for older adults. Many older New Yorkers rely on these grassroots organizations for social connection, intellectual stimulation, access to food, and more. The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) has been working with these organizations since the 2007 launch of Age-friendly NYC, a public-private partnership between the Mayor's office, the New York City Council, and NYAM. As part of this initiative, Age-friendly Neighborhoods (formerly Aging Improvement Districts) were established to apply an "age in everything" lens to improve the quality of life for older adults who live in urban neighborhoods. Today, there are approximately 20 age-friendly neighborhood organizations of various sizes that offer a range of programs and services. They have positively impacted the way that older New Yorkers vote, shop, learn, socialize, and connect and use technology. They support and demonstrate the success of age-friendly neighborhoods and the older adult leaders in these communities. The information in this toolkit is primarily gleaned from the six months of meeting with and learning from the leaders of these organizations at the Age-friendly Neighborhoods Convening.
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