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Seniors to NYC: Respect Us; 125 Older NYers, AARP Seek $40M in Funding

AARP delivers postcard messages at City Council hearing urging Mayor, Council to adequately fund senior services

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Despite a flush city budget, the city’s seniors are not seeing the level of funding support needed to adequately care for them today or in the future, especially as more Baby Boomers retire.

125 AARP members attended a City Council hearing today on the Department for the Aging’s (DFTA) budget and urged the city to increase funding by $40 million for needed Elder Abuse and Caregiver Support services, Meals-on-Wheels, Adult Day Services for seniors with Alzheimer’s/dementia or physical disabilities, and other essential programs.

AARP says these services help New Yorkers age with independence and dignity in their own homes – where most want to stay – while saving taxpayers money by helping older residents avoid moving to expensive institutional settings

“When Bill De Blasio ran for Mayor, he said ‘Seniors deserve not just our respect, but also the care and support of the community at large,’” said Beth Finkel, State Director for AARP in New York State. “The city budget is the way to uphold this commitment. The frail and elderly need our support. We urge the Mayor and the City Council to increase senior services funding by $40 million, and we believe this will pay off in better quality of life and savings for taxpayers.”

At the hearing, an AARP member representative delivered messages from the 125 seniors in attendance to the DFTA Commissioner beseeching the city to show its respect for seniors by making sure there is sufficient funding for services.

New York’s 60+ population will increase exponentially to a projected 1.84 million by 2030, a 47% increase from 2000.  Currently 1 in 3 seniors are poor and 38 percent of Baby Boomers have no retirement savings.  In addition to adequately funding current needs, the city must plan for this surge and for how it can help support seniors age in place in their communities.

 

Contacts: Bich Ha Pham, (347) 524-5802, Bichha@anatgerstein.com;  Erik Kriss, (518) 360-9213, ekriss@aarp.org

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