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

May 21, 2014 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.

What do you think the city should be doing to support seniors? Share your thoughts below and we may share them on the air.

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  • Ianmisnomer

    Have DOH obtain Housing Needy Medicaid Waiver by 1st establishing by zip code DAB database of median rent, by housing type, and no. of unit residents.

    NYC Apr 2014 Comptroller Report on Affordable Housing documents increasing large decline in protected rent housing in NYC particularly for seniors. This makes SCRIE exemption less useful even when seniors avail themselves of it. Whether bankrupt senior (even with SCRIE) can lose rent stabilized housing soon to be decided by 2nd Cir Ct. of Appeals.

    Medicaid income eligibility limits are fictional for DABs using pooled trusts. Having Housing Needy Waiver by median rent for DAB by zip code will reduce admin cost and time of establishing and maintaining pooled trust (save for MSP reasons) and be revenue neutral. Having database will help plan how much additional housing will be needed which may reduce costs and offset cost of any new eligibiles. Medicaid Design Team in approved Waiver from Feds was not addressing how Medicaid eligibility could be used to augment LTC at home.

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