Approximately one-third of Americans over 65 and half of those over 85 live alone. Isolated older adults 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. Social isolation is becoming a major public health issue across the country and affects many of the city’s diverse 1.6 million older adults.
The Aging in New York Fund is engaging in a strategic effort to address this growing problem through the creation of a multi-faceted outreach and education initiative that will focus attention and create a spotlight on the needs of this vulnerable, at risk population. Our efforts are geared to providing an array of opportunities for individuals and groups, young and old, to help make someone’s day a little bit better.
The Fund’s campaign is the result of public/private partnerships and will be rolled out over the next six to eight months. It will offer short- and long-term opportunities for people to connect, to assist, and to interact with elderly neighbors in numerous ways. It will also provide on-line toolkits to implement programs, literature and other information about best practices, and opportunities for individuals to volunteer and get involved with agencies that foster connections such as the NYC Department for the Aging and other community-based service providers.
For more information about the program, please contact Lenore Glickhouse.