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Dental problems adversely impact quality of life for many older adults: In NYC, Four in ten older adults have lost six or more teeth due to tooth decay or gum disease. 6% of older New Yorkers sometimes go without needed health care. 12% are sometimes unable to afford the medications they need

Health disparities along racial lines result in unnecessary suffering, premature mortality, and excess economic costs of over $300 billion annually in the U.S.

Older adults and minority groups are also disproportionately affected by chronic diseases, including hypertension, diabetes, and obesity.

Older patients are often viewed by health professionals as set in their ways and unable to change their


Falls are the leading cause of accidents, injury, and death for seniors in the US, and they’re responsible for billions in healthcare costs each year


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CommunityCare Link (CCL) is an exciting new model network of NYC’s aging-services organizations, housed at the ANYF, through initial support from the NYC Dept. for the Aging (DFTA).

CCL addresses the social and economic determinants of health needs of older adults, connecting them to social and health services that are necessary to remain well and active in their communities. 

Engagement in Longevity and Medicine (ELM) is a research collaborative, developed by New York University (NYU) Langone Health, which aims to strengthen and advance engagement and recruitment in aging research.


ELM was established to educate older adults on health and medical advancements, particularly of racial and ethnic minorities, who are underrepresented in clinical research. This absence of diversity in aging research makes it difficult to obtain results that are meaningful to the broadly diverse older adult community or to design innovative treatments for newly emerging and chronic conditions.

Engagement in Longevity and Medicine (ELM) Research Collaborative


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Health Department Releases Report on Health of Older Adults in New York City by City of New York Health

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Older Adults

by New York Academy of Medicine


More Diverse and Older: Demographic Implications for New York’s Health Care System by New York State Health Foundation

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What I'm Working On: Health Inequalities Among Older Adults by Duke Today

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