In 1983 the NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA), under the leadership of Commissioner Janet Sainer, launched the Fund for Aging Services to scale City Meals and Wheels – a model that is now replicated nationally which has served over 63 million meals to older adults in New York City.
Now in it's 38th year, the Fund – renamed Aging in New York Fund (ANYF) - continues to serve as an incubator and supporter of creative, innovative programs in response to the needs of our cherished Older New Yorkers.
COVID-19 pandemic has exposed a multitude of inequalities. It has disproportionately affected older people's lives, causing devastating blows to their physical health, their mental health and their livelihoods, especially to older minorities. It has exposed heath inequities, it has worsened ageism, it has increased social isolation, it has increased financial insecurity. Over the longer term, income inequality, high levels of public debt, a weakened economy and other factors exacerbated by the pandemic imperil the services and health and pension safety nets that so many older people rely on.
About 90% of adults intend to remain in their current homes for the next five to 10 years.
Intergenerational relationships have many benefits ranging from improving the immune system to enhancing social intelligence. It provides an opportunity for children and older adults to learn new skills and to dispel Ageism.
The Aging in New York Fund has benefited from the generosity of many Community Based Organizations (CBOs), corporations, foundations, and generous individuals. Establishing public/private partnership has generated significant grants in support of initiatives and model programs that have been incubated and tested in response to the changing needs of New York City’s older adults
Dorothy and Marty Silverman Foundation
Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation