Many senior citizens are flocking to southern states like Florida, Texas, and Arizona to escape the cold and snowy streets of New York City. There’s an ever growing population of New York seniors who are trending towards staying in the homes they love where they are surrounded by familiar faces and places. The cost of living in New York is extraordinarily high, but senior housing options are increasing with rents ranging from highly affordable to luxury-style living.
New York Department for the Aging offers programs for seniors to help them enjoy quality of life. Area senior centers provide a host of cultural, creative, recreational, fitness activities, and meals. The Department for the Aging also offers case management, home services, transportation, and legal assistance. Some of the programs provide assistance to immigrants, refugees, and the LGBT seniors.
One Stop at Jasa was created as a single location where seniors could apply for all benefits and entitlements. The program offers cases assistance, care management, support programs, financial management services, and assistance with Social Security benefits.
New York Foundation for Senior Services is an award winning program that helps New York seniors in all five boroughs enjoy health and well-being, while living as independently as possible. The Foundation provides over 900 senior housing units and administers numerous social service programs. In addition to housing, the program provides transportation, case management, and enrichment programs.
Integrity Senior Services provides counseling and auxiliary services to seniors, caregivers, and their families. The program employs social workers, psychologists, and clinical nurse specialists who travel to senior’s homes wherever they live to provide services, including therapy and mental health services.
Presbyterian Senior Services began as a small group of church volunteers who set out to care for the elder members of the congregation. The program has grown into a multi-service agency that includes six senior centers, senior apartments, caregiver support programs, grandparent housing programs, intergenerational residences, and family and kinship caregiver support programs.
Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens offers case management for seniors, as well as information and referrals for other programs. The program offers home-delivered meals for homebound seniors, transportation, counseling, caregiver support, companionship, and congregate meals. Catholic Charities helps seniors get fit with classes for yoga, Zumba, dance, meditation, and healthy aging.
Chinese American Planning Council administers senior centers in Manhattan and Queens to provide assistance and social activities to New York’s Chinese elderly citizens. The Chinese American Planning Council brings New York citizens of Chinese descent with family-style nutritious meals. The Chinatown Senior Citizens’ Center in Manhattan has an orchestra room where senior citizens can perform for their peers. The Council also hosts art, photography, music, dance, and other creative-based events. Seniors can get information on benefits, food programs, housing programs, and case management.
Networking with other seniors at the senior centers is a good way to find out about services and programs in a particular borough of New York City. New York City is a melting pot where seniors will also find senior services within their own ethnic and church groups.
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