Senior Resources New York

new york senior resources

Here are some great resources available to New Yorkers.

City Meals

Providing a lifetime of nourishment in all 5 boroughs for individuals 60 years of age or older who are unable to prepare meals or have no one to do so for you, need assistance and must be able to live safely at home if services are provided.  Weekend meals, holiday meals, and emergency (shelf-stable) meals.

Contact the Case Manager Agency near you to determine if you are eligible. For those who are able to help financially, 100% of your donation will be used for the preparation and delivery of meals, thanks to their partnership with the New York City Department for the Aging, along with gifts from their board of directors and others designated for administrative expenses.


Selfhelp serves more than 20,000 older adults and other vulnerable populations throughout New York while remaining the largest population of comprehensive services to Holocaust survivors in North America.  At 27 sites throughout New York City and Long Island, and in countless homes each day, Selfhelp’s clients receive the vital services they need to live meaningful, independent, and dignified lives. The common theme uniting all of the programs is Selfhelp’s mission of helping older adults and vulnerable populations live with independence and dignity. Contact Selfhelp by calling 212-947-8701 or emailing

TLC Accessible Dispatch 

Accessible Dispatch launched in September 2012 as a 24/7 accessibility program. The goal of the program is to connect New Yorkers who use wheelchairs and other mobility aids to yellow and green accessible taxis at no extra cost. In 2018, the program expanded to cover pick-ups and drop-offs in all five boroughs. With expanded coverage and more accessible vehicles, mobility impaired residents and visitors can access the city like never before. Call the dispatch center directly at 646-599-9999 or book online.

Center for Independence of the Disabled New York

Center for Independence of the Disabled (CIDNY) is a non-profit organization founded in 1978. We are part of the Independent Living Centers movement: a national network of grassroots and community-based organizations that enhance opportunities for all people with disabilities to direct their own lives.  CIDNY is the voice of people with disabilities in New York City. The staff and Board include social workers, lawyers, and other highly qualified professionals, most of whom are people with disabilities. The staff all have a strong belief in self-determination and bring valuable life experiences and insights to their work. CIDNY speaks for everyone who lives with a disability, whether it came at birth, by injury, disease, or during the process of aging. Together, we educate the public. We advocate for our civil rights and a strong safety net of benefits and services. Offices in Manhattan (212-674-2300) and Queens (646-442-1520)

Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program

Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Services (CDPAP) is a Medicaid program that provides services to chronically ill or physically disabled individuals with a medical need for help with activities of daily living (ADLs) or skilled nursing services. Services can include any of the services provided by a personal care aide (home attendant), home health aide, or nurse. Recipients have flexibility and freedom in choosing their caregivers. The consumer or the person acting on the consumer’s behalf (such as the parent of a disabled or chronically ill child) assumes full responsibility for hiring, training, supervising, and – if need be – terminating the employment of persons providing the services. Before a person can receive services, his or her doctor must send a completed Physician’s Order for Services to the local social services district, which then completes a social and nursing assessment. A nurse assessor then determines whether the recipient can appropriately participate in CDPAP, and recommends the amount, frequency and duration of services.

NYS Elder Caregiver Support Program

The New York Elder Caregiver Support Program assists informal caregivers – spouses, adult children, other family members, friends and neighbors in their efforts to care for older persons who need help with everyday tasks. Because of caregiver assistance older persons with chronic illnesses or disabilities are able to remain in their own homes in the community. Some local programs also assist grandparents and other older relative caregivers of children and promote the retention of the children in a nurturing family environment instead of placement in foster care. Informal caregivers are an invaluable resource to their loved ones and to the health care system because of the care they provide. Contact your local Office for the Aging (all 5 boroughs)

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