Aging New Yorkers
Aging New Yorkers face unacceptable burdens. They struggle to afford housing, food, medication, heating, and other basic needs. They’re threatened with fraud and sexual and physical abuse. Too often, they’re lonely. We need to revamp our policy on aging to address foundational issues faced by older New Yorkers in our district and across our state. Aging New Yorkers deserve to live in comfort and dignity.
New York State is getting older — there are now more than 1.1 million residents in older than 65, and almost half of them are immigrants.
In our district, almost 60% of residents 60 and older are rent burdened (Census).
In our district, 14% of residents 65 and older live in poverty.
Almost 20% of seniors nationally report being victims of exploitation, not to mention the many incidents of exploitation and elder abuse that go unreported.
Debt is also an increasing problem for older Americans. Among families whose head of household is 55 or older, 68 percent have debt.
Ensure Access to Affordable Housing
Close loopholes — including preferential rate increases, eviction bonuses, and vacancy decontrol — that allow landlords to increase rent and contribute to the loss of rent-stabilized units.
Provide housing support to older New Yorkers so they can receive the help they need to stay in their homes before it’s too late.
Expand Mayor de Blasio’s proposed 2.5 percent mansion tax on home sales over $2 million throughout the state to support affordable housing programs for older New Yorkers.
Pass the New York Health Act to create a single-payer healthcare system. This will lower costs for the vast majority of New Yorkers.
Increase transparency and oversight of Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) programs.
Pass the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act to ensure that hospitals and assisted care facilities are well staffed.
Prohibit companies from raising the price of lifesaving drugs in limited supply.
Increase the number of resident service coordinators who help older New Yorkers connect to community resources, government benefits, and other services.
- Improve Adult Protective Services’ response to elder abuse.
Make long-term care more affordable, including expanding the state tax credit for premiums on long term care policies. Currently this credit only covers 20% of premiums.