New York is actively developing its Master Plan for Aging, aimed at addressing the growing needs of its aging population, which currently ranks fourth largest in the nation with 3.8 million people over 60. The plan, crucial in determining how billions in tax dollars are spent annually, has generated over 5,000 public comments, extending the feedback period to January 31. New Yorkers can contribute to shaping this plan by completing a survey available on the state’s website or calling the NY Connects’ hotline.
Advocates say the plan has broad relevance, not just for the elderly but for all New Yorkers. It focuses on various challenges like caregiving, economic security, and long-term care. The plan aims to make New York a vibrant place for aging, addressing issues like isolation and the need for long-term care, which affects 70% of residents over 65.
The final goal of the Master Plan for Aging, set to be a living document, involves actionable recommendations, policies, and budget initiatives. With New York experiencing a significant population decline and health care costs rising, this plan is seen as a vital investment to ensure older New Yorkers can continue contributing to their communities and the state’s economy.
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