Seniors

Ms. Elsie, and elderly woman, seated at a table
Ms. Elsie Turns 106

Some people say the secret to a long life is an apple a day, but if you talk to 106-year-old Ms. Elsie Mayer, she might tell you her secret is daily ice cream and cake. Ms. Mayer was born in Poland and moved to the United States with her family when she was 10.

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A New Senior Center for Red Hook

Red Hook East Houses residents Gertrude “Trudie” Holzendorf, 94, and Candida Delgado, 88 had been anxiously waiting for this moment for five years. On December 15, they got a sneak peek at the new Red Hook Senior Center; the former center had been destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.

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A NYCHA Love Story

Longtime Edenwald Residents Celebrate Their 74th Wedding Anniversary

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Better Than Ever

Nearly 80,000 people age 62 or older live in NYCHA developments. As the anchors of their communities, seniors contribute to the strength and vitality of their neighborhoods. The healthier and more engaged they are, the more they will have to offer. Here are some recommended strategies to help you be the best you can be, whether you are 25 or 85. 

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NYCHA Makes Seniors Comfortable

Safe, secure and comfortable buildings are the first priority, and NYCHA has updated its architectural guidelines to provide a blueprint for health, accessibility, and beauty. The Authority is investing millions to provide age-friendly improvements at 89 developments, including more comfortable outdoor seating areas, handrails throughout corridors, and accessibility renovations in apartments.  We all know there is not enough affordable housing for seniors in our city, so NYCHA is also using its land to build 650 new units of 100 percent affordable senior housing.

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Improving Lives For Seniors

On November 2, NYCHA, the Hudson Guild, and the Department for the Aging (DFTA) held a special a sneak-peek of construction progress underway at the Fulton Houses Community Center.

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Educating Seniors About Domestic Violence

Domestic violence affects victims of all ages. During National Domestic Violence Awareness month in October, NYCHA’s Community Engagement and Partnerships department held four breakfast events to raise awareness about domestic violence and how it affects seniors.

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Senior Domestic Violence Awareness Program 2017
Senior Domestic Violence Awareness

NYCHA’s Community Engagement and Partnerships is hosting a series of events for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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Stay Fit! At-Home Exercise for Seniors

Keeping fit and active is important for everyone. Moderate exercise can help improve health and keep us strong and healthy as we age. The NYCHA Journal visited the Move and Groove Chair Fitness class held on Mondays at St.

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Sunday Suppers for Seniors at Stanley Isaacs

A new tradition is taking root at Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center in Manhattan. Once a month on a Sunday, the Center hosts Sunday Suppers where several dozen lucky seniors are treated to delicious home cooked meals.

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