Description & History
Creating Environments in Cities that Support Healthy Aging NYAM works to create environments, policies, and programs that will allow older adults in New York City and around the nation and world to live longer, healthier lives and stay fully engaged in their communities. Approximately one-fifth of the world’s population will be 60 years of age by the year 2030. New York City—and cities worldwide—must prepare now to meet the needs of their expanding older populations. Designing Age-friendly Cities New York City’s population of older adults is expected to increase by 45% between 2010 and 2030, when 1 in every 5 New Yorkers will be over the age of 60. Appreciating that the city must respond effectively, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and NYAM launched Age-friendly New York City, joining the World Health Organization’s global network of 35 Age-friendly Cities working to promote active aging by assessing their own assets and challenges through the eyes of older adults.