New York City’s Elderly


  • In 2010 over 1,400,000 New Yorkers or 17.1% of population were seniors and their numbers are rising.
  • In the year 2050, the number Americans 60 and over is expected to double, and one in every four New Yorkers will be a senior.
  • The number of New Yorker City residents 85 years and over grew by 16.2% since 2000, now totaling over 140,000, according to the 2010 census. This rapid growth is taxing the healthcare system that is currently in place, with emphasis on the need for long-term care.
  • Over 71% of seniors 85 and older are female, raised in a time when females were often less educated and less likely to manage family finances than male counterparts.
  • 57% of those 85 and over live alone.
  • The median income of seniors in 2010 in the U.S. was $25,704 for males and $15,072 for females.
  • According to the National Institute of Health, a number of life changes can increase the risk for depression for frail elderly Americans. Some of these changes are:
  • -Adapting to a move from home to an apartment or retirement facility;
    -Chronic pain;
    -Feelings of isolation or loneliness as children move away and their spouse and close friends die;
    -Loss of independence (problems getting around, caring for themselves, or driving);
    -Multiple illnesses; and
    -Struggles with memory loss and problems thinking clearly.

  • 50% of those 85 and over need assistance with daily activities, like food preparation.
  • LiLY’s Morningside Village program in Morningside Heights is making a difference for approximately 70 seniors, the majority 85 and over, including a few centagenarians!
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