Approximately one-third of Americans over 65 and half of those over 85 live alone. Older adults who are isolated are often unable to adequately feed or care for themselves and are more likely to experience accelerated cognitive decline and suffer from other health issues. For New York City’s diverse older adult population, the issue of social isolation and its negative impact on quality of life is especially critical.
The Aging in New York Fund is dedicated to helping to reduce social isolation among the city’s older adults. Through community partnerships and the incubation of model programs, the Fund will be seeking to positively respond to this growing problem.