New York State, as with the rest of the nation is in the midst of a tremendous demographic shift with the oldest baby boomers (people born between 1946 and 1964) turning 65 on January 1, 2011. Over the next 19 years about 10,000 more boomers will reach that threshold and according to Pew Research Center population projections (2011) by the year 2030, 18% of the nation's population will be at least age 65. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly one in five Americans will be 65 years or older by 2030 and one out of every nine baby boomers will live to be at least 90 years old. This demographic change brings with it many opportunities as well as challenges.
Our state and the Nation will benefit from this generation of older adults, who are considered to be the most educated, active and engaged older adult populations in history. Older adults are a tremendous resource to New York State. They support our communities by providing thousands of hours of volunteer, community, and civic service through variety of formal and informal arrangements. They enhance our personal lives by sharing and transferring knowledge of cultures, values, and life experiences among generations. Their economic contributions help support our schools and local tax bases.
The increase in older adult population also reminds us of our responsibility to ensure their well-being, especially those who are most vulnerable. In New York, we are working diligently to address older adults' unique health and long-term care challenges. The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) promotes and administers programs and services for New Yorkers who are 60 years of age and older.
NYSOFA's core mission is to help older adults remain independent for as long as possible. In carrying out this mission, we provide leadership and direction to 59 county-based Area Agencies on Aging which, along with a network of over 1,200 public and private organizations, caregivers and volunteers, serve and help empower many of New York's 3.7 million older adults and their families.
Our programs and services support older individuals at home and in the community. Those programs range from case management to health and wellness/disease management and prevention programs to those which provide supportive services, including senior centers, in-home services, transportation, adult day care, legal assistance, and other services.
This website is designed to provide essential information about programs and services for which you may be eligible, as well as linking you to other sources of information that could help you to find answers to your questions.
Corinda Crossdale, LMSW