New York City can be an intimidating place for some. From navigating the bustling streets full of people, to walking down icy subway steps in the winter, it can sometimes be a difficult city to get around in, especially if you are a senior. According to a 2015 article from CityLimits.org, New York's senior population is increasing, living longer and getting poorer over time. More than 1.4 million people in the city are 60 years old, or older, and it is estimated that number will scale to over 1.8 million by 2030.
The city has been addressing how to make the city more livable for this aging population. In 2007, the New York Academy of Medicine used the Active Aging Policy Framework from the World Health Organization (WHO) as a template for "Age-friendly NYC," a partnership between the academy, the Mayor's office and the New York City Council. The program solicited the feedback of thousands of older people in the city, and took action to make the city more livable. As a result, the city saw a reduction in senior pedestrian deaths by 16 percent, making New York more walkable in the process — more public seating was added and senior-friendly cultural and recreational programming was instituted, according to the initiative's website.