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New York State Department Of Health And Office For The Aging Hold... February 5, 2024 | 4:18 PM EST Learn more about New York State Department Of Health And Office For The Aging Hold Town Hall In The Bronx To Outline The Master Plan For Aging And…

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) continued their series of statewide meetings on the State’s Master Plan for Aging (MPA), with a Town Hall event today in the New York City borough of the Bronx.

The MPA is a blueprint that will build on decades of work and partnerships among state agencies, local governments, and stakeholders and is designed to meet the health and wellness needs of individuals with disabilities and all generations of New Yorkers as they age. Today’s meeting, which took place at R.A.I.N. Boston Road Older Adult Center, provided information about the MPA and offered an opportunity for the public to share their thoughts and ideas. 

“Public input from these Town Hall events help ensure we create a Master Plan for Aging that is responsive to the goals and challenges of all New Yorkers so they feel empowered to make decisions that will enable them to live in the communities of their choice, with programs and services that will support them as they age,” State Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald said. “Governor Hochul has provided us with a visionary blueprint that relies on public collaboration to identity needs and create solutions that address issues all New Yorkers encounter within their lifetimes.”

Master Plan for Aging Chair and Department of Health Deputy Commissioner Adam Herbst, Esq., of the Office of Aging and Long Term Care said, “Today’s event in the Bronx gave us valuable feedback to help us create a Master Plan for Aging that responds to the needs of aging New Yorkers now and into the future. The people who joined us today have helped ensure that the Master Plan for Aging is accessible and transparent and meets the needs and expectations of older adults, caregivers, and individuals with disabilities. At today’s event, members of the community shared their insights and challenges, and their participation will have an impact on the programs, services and systems for aging and long-term care we are building for the future for all New Yorkers.”

Master Plan for Aging Vice Chair and Office for the Aging Director Greg Olsen said, “Under Governor Hochul’s leadership and direction, the Master Plan for Aging has been centered on ensuring New Yorkers’ ability to live healthy, enjoyable, and independent lives for as long as possible. Public and stakeholder engagement are vital to this process, as we work to implement polices and services that improve quality of life and quality of care. We encourage everyone to participate in this process by attending our public engagement sessions and also completing the State Master Plan for Aging survey.”

The MPA was established by Governor Kathy under Executive Order 23 in November 2022 with the goals of improving the lives of today’s older New Yorkers and people with disabilities, and building a better system of care and more inclusive communities for the future. The MPA is also focused on improving the recruitment, retention, and training of long-term care workers.

During the Town Hall, MPA Chair and the Department of Health’s Office of Aging and Long Term Care Deputy Commissioner Adam Herbst led the discussion. Together, DOH and NYSOFA officials outlined the short and long-term goals of the MPA and sought comments and questions about MPA focus areas from those attending in-person and online.

The Department and NYSOFA also urged those attending the Town Hall and the public to complete the MPA survey and share their input on how the MPA can best serve their needs. The survey, which closes February 29, is available online in English and 16 additional languages here

New York is the first state to officially receive AARP's age-friendly designation. The MPA will build on that status by coordinating existing and new state policies and programs for older adults and their families and those living with disabilities, while also addressing challenges related to communication, coordination, caregiving, long-term care financing, and innovative care models. Ultimately, the MPA will provide guidance for building healthy, livable communities that offer opportunities for older adults, with sustained attention on ensuring equity in aging and disability. 

The MPA process involves a Master Plan for Aging Council of state agencies, a Stakeholder Advisory Committee of experts in the field of aging, and an Association Resource Committee that are working together to advance proposals and recommendations for consideration in the final MPA report, which is expected in early 2025. 

Information about upcoming and past MPA community engagement sessions, including archive recordings of previous town halls and printable resources, is available on the State’s MPA website, where you can also learn more about the Master Plan for Aging.