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Access Benefits

Access-a-rideMTA New York City Transit operates Access-A-Ride, the City’s paratransit system. Access-A-Ride (AAR) provides transportation for people with disabilities who are unable to use public bus or subway service for some or all of their trips. It offers shared ride, door-to-door paratransit service. MTA New York City Transit administers AAR; private carriers under contract to NYC Transit provide service. Service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays. | Learn More
MedicareIn 1970, the City of New York began the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) program, offering qualifying senior citizens an exemption from future rent increases. This program helps eligible senior citizens (aged 62 and over) stay in affordable housing by freezing their rent. Under this program, a property tax credit covers the difference between the actual rent amount and what you (the tenant) are responsible for paying at the frozen rate. | Learn More
MedicareThe City and federal government provide information and assistance with Medicare, including enrollment, coverage, billing, ordering a replacement Medicare card, and various Medicare Savings Programs. Medicare offers healthcare assistance for seniors age 65 and over and people with disabilities. The Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP) offers free counseling about Medicare to seniors and people with disabilities. The City also offers a monthly orientation class if you’re new to Medicare or will soon be eligible. The free class is held in Manhattan. | Learn More
If you are 65+, you can apply for a Reduced-Fare MetroCard by mail or in person. To apply, download read and complete the appropriate application located on the MTA website. You will also need to submit a 2” x 2 ½” photograph, and a photocopy of 2 valid ID’s, one of which must have your photograph on it. Free photography services are available if you apply in person at either the MetroCard Bus or Van, or the Customer Service Center in Lower Manhattan. | Learn More
In January of 2015, Municipal ID Cards became available to all NYC residents who can provide proof of identity in residency in the 5 boroughs. This free card is not required, but it provides a recognized ID for people who have difficulty applying for or obtaining other forms of ID. It also provides benefits such as access to all City services and eligibility for one year free memberships to 33 of the City’s leading cultural institutions: museums, botanical gardens and zoos in all 5 boroughs. | Learn More
ACCESS NYC is a free service of the NYC government that can help you find out if you may qualify for over 30 City, State and/or Federal benefit programs. NYC residents can use ACCESS NYC to apply for benefits such as rent increase exemptions (SCRIE) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP). Residents can also screen for eligibility, learn how to apply, print out application forms, and determine agency locations where they can go to directly apply for services. | Learn More
The NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA) helps coordinate several programs that assist home-bound individuals and those with mobility challenges access services in their homes, or helps when needing to go out. These include Home-Delivered Meals, Home Care Services, Caregiver Services, Friendly Visiting, Telephone Reassurance, Shopping and Escort Assistance, Pen Pals, In-Home Educational services, Library Services and Carrier Alerts for the post office. | Learn More
SCHAP ProgramSCHAP assists low and moderate income seniors make necessary home repairs in order to improve living conditions and prevent housing from physical deterioration. To qualify, you must be 60+ and reside in one of the 5 boroughs of NYC. You must also have been an owner-occupant of a 1 to 4 family home for at least 2 years, and your property must have property and liability insurance. The money for home repairs comes in the form of a loan. Loans vary from no-interest deferred loans to fully amortizing 3% interest loans. | Learn More

Enjoy Your City

The cultural guides for seniors provide details on New York City cultural groups’ programs for senior citizens and groups; ticket and membership discounts; and assistance available for visitors with disabilities. The cultural groups include museums, dance and theater companies, libraries, performing arts venues, zoos and more. Guides are by borough and are viewable both online and downloadable as a PDF. | Learn More

NYC Arts LogoNYC & Company is New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization. They operate the website, digital kiosks, and Official NYC Information Centers around the city and are the ultimate resource for both visitors and residents to find everything they need about what to do and see in New York City. Check out their curated events and experiences for older adults! | Learn More

Senior Planet LogoThe Senior Planet Exploration Center hosts classes, workshops, programs, lectures and special events, offering older New Yorkers 60+ a comfortable space to learn, work and explore new ways to thrive in today’s digital world. The Exploration Center provides opportunities to learn about technology, attend social and cultural events, and engage in individual and group projects that use technology to enhance health, finances, social connections and lifelong learning. | Learn More

Age-friendly College LinkThe Age-friendly College Link is the first searchable database that profiles opportunities for older adults at NYC area colleges and universities. Whether you want to learn for pleasure, develop new skills for your next career, or enjoy the cultural and intellectual offerings at our schools, NYC schools offer something for everyone. NYC schools offer something for everyone. | Learn More LogoMeetup is the world’s largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities. There are many groups specifically for older adults, older men, older women you can find the site. | Learn More

Stay Healthy, Get Active

NYC Parks offers a variety of programs for older adults to keep active, healthy, social and engaged in their community. From sports to nature walks, from dancing under the stars to laps in the pool, older adults can continue to lead physically active lives through sports, fitness, and outdoor adventure. Check out the full list here. We have also broken out some program’s info below. | Learn More


Shape Up NYC offers free fitness classes every week at dozens of locations across the five boroughs. Shape Up NYC classes are taught by expert fitness instructors who know how to make fitness fun. Class offerings are varied and include aerobics, yoga, pilates and zumba. Shape Up NYC is a FREE program. You do not need to be a member of a recreation center in order to attend a class, though you must bring a lock for classes held at recreation centers. | Learn More
During summer, NYC Parks reserves time at many of their outdoor public pools for senior use (ages 62 and over). Senior Splash offers water exercise classes and swim instruction for senior citizens, taught by qualified water instructors. Additional activities include lap swimming and water ballet. You can register at the pool during program hours. | Learn More

Get up, get out, and do something! Just about any day of the year, you can find something fun, informative, and healthy to enjoy at an area park. Browse the listing on the event calendar or use the search tools to find an event that matches your interests and location. | Learn More
The SilverSneakers Fitness® program is a fun, energizing program that helps older adults take greater control of their health by encouraging physical activity and offering social events. It offers a basic fitness membership at any participating location around the country, with access to all amenities usually included as well as a trained Program Advisor to help get started, as well as classes, health education seminars, and a website to help track health progress. | Learn More

Get Involved

Our Age-friendly Ambassadors program enables older adults who are involved in and passionate about their communities to learn about local Opportunities and share them with their peers. Recruited Ambassadors are well-connected in their neighborhoods, well-spoken, and inspired –from there, they are trained on how to connect older adults to local resources, how to speak to others about Age-friendly NYC, and how to advocate for concerns raised by neighbors. Email us if you are interested in joining or know someone who is! | Learn More
AARP-NY LogoAARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security and retirement planning. Their New York specific site includes information about local news, events, advocacy, caregiving, finances for those 50+, technology, volunteering and more. | Learn More

JASA’s JPAC is a grassroots senior advocacy group that emphasizes leadership and civic involvement. JPAC provides training seminars, access to local and state officials, newsletters and public conferences. | Learn More


Gray Panthers LogoGray Panthers is a national organization committed to social justice including the expansion of health care programs and fighting discrimination. The Gray Panther movement was initiated in 1970 when Maggie Kuhn and five of her colleagues experienced forced retirement and looked for new ways to address social issues which had concerned them throughout their careers. Today the Gray Panthers can best be described simply as a rapidly growing network of people old and young drawn together by deeply felt concerns for human liberation and social change. | Learn More
New York Cares is the city’s largest volunteer management organization, running volunteer programs for 1,300 nonprofits, city agencies and public schools. Today’s volunteers share the founders’ vision that everyone has a role to play in making NYC a better place. You can either volunteer year-round, join pre-organized days of service, donate to holiday coat and gift drives, or work to get your company involved. | Learn More
ReServe®, a subsidiary of Fedcap, is an innovative nonprofit that matches professionals age 55+ with organizations that need their expertise. Nonprofits and public agencies can tap into a lifetime of experience to fill crucial staffing gaps at affordable rates. ReServists can strengthen their communities while they put their professional expertise to work on part-time service projects, in exchange for a modest hourly stipend. | Learn More
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of the Community Service Society (CSS) has more than 4,000 volunteers 55+ at hundreds of nonprofit agencies throughout New York City. RSVP provides life-changing opportunities for volunteers ages 55 and over, helps meet the critical needs of communities by mobilizing tens of thousands of hours of volunteer service, and strengthens public and nonprofit agencies by matching skilled volunteers with vital programs and services. | Learn More
SAGEWorks is a national employment support program for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people age 40 and older that expands participants’ job hunting skills and career options, and connects employers to diverse high-caliber candidates. Recognizing the importance of remaining employed and fulfilled in today’s competitive job market, SAGEWorks provides hands-on workshops, technology training and personal coaching at various sites nationwide. | Learn More
If you’re over the age of 55 and meet income eligibility requirements (low to moderate income), you can access training and job placement assistance while you earn a wage through the federal government’s Senior Community Services Employment Program (Title V). The largest of the Title V programs in New York City is offered by the NYC Department for the Aging Senior Employment Services Unit (SESU). SESU recruiters are stationed at the Workforce 1 centers to ensure senior access to this program and Workforce 1 services are available to all SES enrollees. | Learn More
You can also download our full list of Age-friendly resources in NYC here: Senior Resource Guide


Resources for Community Leaders & City Agencies

Age-friendly Business Resources
The Age-friendly Local Business Initiative helps businesses capitalize on a larger customer base by considering and promoting the age-friendly features of their business. We also assist them to make low and no cost changes to ensure everyone can enjoy access to a variety of goods and services, regardless of their age. Check our Age-friendly NYC site for tools and resources.

Visit the resource section of the Age-friendly NYC website for more resources.