245278 Involving multiple sectors to improve the urban environment for older adults: The case of Age-friendly NYC

Monday, October 31, 2011: 9:24 AM

Sheila Roher, MPH , Division of Health Policy, The New York Academy of Medicine, New York, NY
Julie Netherland, MSW , Division of Health Policy, The New York Academy of Medicine, New York, NY
Dorian Block, MS , Division of Health Policy, The New York Academy of Medicine, New York, NY
Radhika Patel, MS , Division of Health Policy, The New York Academy of Medicine, New York, NY
In response to a growing population of older adults, New York City is implementing a groundbreaking project that examines all facets of city life through the lens of aging and engages multiple sectors in improving the urban environment for older New Yorkers. Drawing on a community assessment involving more 1500 older adults and experts from the private, non-profit, academic and public sectors, a public-private Commission for an Age-friendly NYC was formed to develop recommendations and implement strategies to enhance the health and participation of older adults. The work of the Commission has focused on leveraging resources and involving partners who do not traditionally perceive themselves as serving older adults. Current initiatives include: 1) engaging local retail businesses in making changes to better attract and serve older customers; 2) working with colleges and universities to create opportunities for older adult learning, help younger students benefit from the involvement of older adults, and prepare students to meet the challenges of population aging; and 3) making improvements in the quality of life for older adults within local neighborhoods by building on existing community strengths. These kinds of initiatives make it possible for older adults to benefit from the assets of an urban environment, age in place, and continue to contribute to the life of the city. This project also models how to create public-private partnerships to benefit older adults while keeping them at the center or planning for their own needs.

Learning Areas:
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe an innovative model for meeting the challenges of population aging Define the assets of urban environments for older adults Explain the role that different sectors can play in improving the lives of older adults Describe concrete initiatives to involve businesses, academic institutions, and local neighborhoods in improving the urban environment for older adults

Keywords: Aging, Urban Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I direct this program
Any relevant financial relationships? No

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