Through our one-of-a-kind partnership with the Office of the Mayor and the New York City Council, the Academy’s Age-friendly NYC initiative has catalyzed thousands of changes throughout the city since 2007. 

Based on the premise of multi-sector collaboration, public-private partnerships and maximizing existing resources to affect change, we have successfully created Aging Improvement Districts, increased pedestrian safety, shown more than 1,000 businesses how to become age-friendly, and improved transportation and access to recreational and cultural resources for the city’s older adults. 

In Fall 2015, the Academy proudly hosted the convening of the 2nd Age-friendly Commission comprised of 30 members from the public and private sectors. With a major focus on community and civic participation, housing, public spaces, transportation, confronting ageism, and promoting good health, the commission works to develop an overall strategy to change the culture of New York to become more inclusive of older people.

Age-friendly NYC was awarded “Best Existing Age-Friendly Initiative in the World” by the International Federation on Aging in 2013, and has provided strategic assistance to more than 50 cities worldwide seeking to replicate the Age-friendly NYC model. 


IMAGE: NYC, the Interactive Map of Aging, is an open-source map of New York City's current and projected population age 65 and older with overlays of available resources, services, and amenities.

Created by The New York Academy of Medicine and the CUNY Mapping Service at the Center for Urban Research/CUNY Graduate Center, this data visualization tool enables users—such as government agencies, elected officials, health care and social service providers, planners, funders, and researchers—to understand and analyze spatial and socio-demographic patterns and trends.

To access the map, click the button below. If you are interested in adapting this map for a different location or populations, please contact us at