Today, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer toured three senior centers, kicking off a citywide effort to distribute thousands of copies of “Age-Smart Manhattan,” her office’s new senior resource guide.
“New York City is home to more than one million older residents, a number that is projected to increase by 45 percent in the next two decades,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “It’s more important than ever before that our seniors have access to services and networks that will help them stay healthy, active, and engaged.”
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During the lunch hour, Brewer visited Project FIND’s Woodstock Senior Center in Midtown, the Corsi House Senior Center in East Harlem, and the Central Harlem Senior Center, greeting seniors and personally delivering hundreds of senior guides. Brewer’s effort comes ahead of “Up with Aging,” her upcoming March 20 panel event and senior expo on brain health and healthy aging.
The 80-page guide includes information on government benefits and services, housing, medical and long-term care, safety and security, activities and educational opportunities, transportation resources, and Community Boards. The guide also includes sections with resources especially for veterans and LGBT seniors, and is available in both English and Spanish. The guide’s publication was sponsored by MetroPlus Health Plan.
Brewer’s office will be distributing thousands of Age-Smart Manhattan guides over the coming weeks. They will be available at more than a hundred locations across the borough, including every Senior Center, hospital, library, and elected official’s office. In addition, individual Manhattan residents and community-based organizations can request that guides be sent to them, by calling (212) 669-8300.