What Does the Growing Senior Population Mean for New York City?

May 21, 2014 at 4:23 pm

In an interview with MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman, New York City’s Department for the Aging Commissioner Donna M. Corrado laid out her priorities for the city’s fast-growing senior population.

According to the city’s Department for the Aging, the number of seniors is projected to increase to 1.84 million, by 2030, making it the fastest-growing age group in New York.  That means, by 2030, one in every five New Yorkers will be over the age of 65. A recent U.S. Census Bureau report shows that almost 20 percent of elderly New Yorkers currently live below the poverty line.

The senior population demographic is also changing. A 2013 report by the Center for an Urban Future reported 46 percent of New York City’s older population as immigrants. Nearly two-thirds of that group have limited proficiency in English.

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