Age-friendly NYC is a one-of-a-kind partnership between the Office of the Mayor, the New York City Council, and the New York Academy of Medicine that works to identify and catalyze improvements to enable older people to access, enjoy, and contribute to city life. 

Initiated by The New York Academy of Medicine in 2007, using the Active Aging Policy Framework developed by the World Health Organization (WHO), Age-friendly NYC asks older New Yorkers about their daily lives and develops strategies to reduce or eliminate barriers to optimize social, physical, and economic participation. 

In response to feedback from thousands of older people described in our first “Findings Report”, some of the improvements made by Age-friendly NYC include a reduction in senior pedestrian fatalities by 16%, increased walkability through the addition of public seating, new recreational and cultural programming for older people such as Senior Splash and SU-CASA, and a better consumer experience offered by many local businesses. 

Age-friendly NYC is now an initiative of OneNYC, the City’s strategic plan for growth, sustainability, resilience, and equity.

Age-friendly NYC works to adapt structures, services, and systems within 8 Domains of an Age-friendly City identified by the WHO.

8 Domains of an Age-friendly City 

  1. Outdoor spaces and buildings
  2. Transportation
  3. Housing
  4. Social participation
  5. Respect and social inclusion
  6. Civic participation and employment
  7. Communication and information
  8. Community support and health services