Elderly Welfare services are designed to support seniors to ensure their needs are met on a long term basis. The elderly welfare system includes a variety of services such as:
Senior Centers and Home Delivered Meals
Case management, supportive counseling, adult day services, senior transportation, adult protective services
Home health care and geriatric mental health services
Kathy Fitzgibbons presented the Intensive Case Management (ICM) Policy Brief at the State Society on Aging Conference on October 23 in Saratoga Springs.
Recognizing the occurrence of Pop Up SADS Programs in New York, FPWA has supported and advocated for legislative initiatives that have been developed to promote SADS programs’ compliance with the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) Regulations for Social Adult Day Care Programs. FPWA was publicly thanked by New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for attending a recent press conference held at FPWA member agency, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House. The press event took place on June 6, 2013, in support of City Council sponsored Int. No. 1052. The legislation calls for an ombudsmen position at SADS centers to collect, report, and monitor complaints. Additionally, the legislation recommends penalty fees for SADS programs that fail to meet NYSOFA regulations. FPWA also testified at the June 19, 2013 City Council Hearing on Pop Up SADS Programs.
The NYC Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) puts the poverty rate for elderly New Yorkers at 21%, because of this high need, funds for senior services such as senior centers, home delivered meals and case management should not be cut.
Further investments are needed to meet the increased demand and projected future needs for this growing population.
Funds also need to be made available for non-DFTA funded senior centers to accommodate the growing number of seniors within their communities.
*In New York State, census figures show roughly 143,000 grandparents are responsible for meeting the basic needs of 409,000 children with 60% of the grandparents residing in New York City.
*The number of elderly needing mental health services is expected to grow from 180,000 to 300,000 by 2030.
Where We Stand:
The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies believes elderly persons should be involved in making decisions that affect their lives to the fullest extent possible and that they are to be treated with the utmost respect and dignity.
With the projected growth in the elderly population throughout the coming decades, it is essential that sufficient programs and funding exist so that older adults may remain in the comfort of their homes and communities for as long as possible. Elderly Welfare Policy Statement pdf (29535 bytes)
The New York Citizens Committee on Aging (NYCCOA) promotes the status and well being of older persons as productive members of society. The committee ensures that policy issues affecting older persons are heard, understood and acted upon.