Learn more about the history and ongoing initiatives of Age-friendly NYC in this great piece from Politico Magazine, “Seniors Take Manhattan: How NYC became a global leader for senior living – one Zumba class at a time”.
In 2007, WHO initiated an ambitious project to encourage age-friendly cities, with a range of goals that could apply to every metropolis in the world. The details included tangible things like non-slippery pavements, buildings with elevators, easy access to public toilets, and plenty of outdoor seating, along with fuzzier concepts like “respect and social inclusion.” New York was the first to join WHO’s global network of age-friendly cities.
“There was a genuine attempt to consult with older people in the city” on what mattered to them, Beard says. In addition, the city drew from a number of different municipal departments, including parks, health and police, to figure out “what slipped through the net,” he says. “Arising from that, the whole world has been interested.”
What it’s meant for New York is a slew of 59 initiatives, from the creation of pedestrian “safety islands” (so that slower walkers can have a place to stop if they only make it halfway across the street before the light changes) to seniors-only hours at public swimming pools to the use of off-duty school buses to take seniors grocery shopping or to a laundromat. The program is jointly steered and funded by the New York Academy of Medicine, the New York City Council and the mayor’s office.
Read the full article on Politico.com