Housing Opportunity 2014 - Enabling Design for Health, Housing, and Happiness, Caitlyn Smith

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  • 10 minute pres.
    Some of the active design principles
    AIDs
    DOT work
  • SAFE STREETS:
    Transform intersections with most senior pedestrian injuries or fatalities
    First five neighborhoods: reduction in pedestrian injuries between 9% and 60%.
    Program expanded to 25 neighborhoods.
    Since the program began, annual senior pedestrian fatalities have decreased 19% citywide and some transformed intersections have seen reduction in injuries of 90%
    Extend pedestrian crossing times, constructing pedestrian safety islands, widening curbs and medians, narrowing roadways, and installing new stop controls and signals

    SENIOR SPLASH
    Approximately 1,000 older adults participated in 2012.
    80%+ of older adults who participated showed improvement in lower-body strength and flexibility based on pre and post fitness tests.
    Now have on-site water aerobics instructors at each participating pool
    Social benefits – senior splash attendees report a great sense of community with other swimmers
    Work with housing providers in neighborhoods to transport residents to pools


  • BUILDING COMMUNITY:
    Identify informal resident leaders or formally designate them
    NYCHA – Floor captains monitor seniors’ well-being
    Create and encourage use of communal space – consider environment (seating, temp, open doors), available public programming, resident leaders

    KNOWING WHAT RESIDENTS NEED:
    Community consultations and interviews
    Surveys and information gathered with leases and rent bills
    Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) – currently 28
    Incorporate services for residents into housing
    Track and store information for daily issues and emergencies
    Penn South NORC great example of collecting info on residents – track special needs, emergency responder incidents, etc.

    PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT
    Considering retrofitting apartments when financing
    (e.g. Grab bars, walk-in showers, elevators, easy-to-open windows, computers)
    Falls prevention


  • Housing Opportunity 2014 - Enabling Design for Health, Housing, and Happiness, Caitlyn Smith

    1. 1. AGE-FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOODS May 16, 2014 Caitlyn Smith, MPH Age-friendly NYC The New York Academy of Medicine
    2. 2. WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities 138 member cities across 21 countries
    3. 3. Age-friendly NYC  Public-private partnership  New York Academy of Medicine, Office of the Mayor, New York City Council  Assessment and findings  City Government’s 59 Initiatives  Age-friendly NYC Commission
    4. 4. Age-friendly Neighborhoods: Aging Improvement Districts  Neighborhood-level model of community development  Four in NYC:  East Harlem (Manhattan)  Upper West Side (Manhattan)  Bedford Stuyvesant (Brooklyn)  Pelham Parkway (Bronx)  Different models of leadership  Pilot testing for initiatives to be replicated
    5. 5. Age-friendly Neighborhoods: Toolkit
    6. 6. Partnerships with City Government  NYC Department of Transportation  Safe Streets for Seniors  CityBench  NYC Department of Parks and Recreation  Senior Splash
    7. 7. Safe Streets for Seniors Before   After Flushing Senior Area; Main Street & Kissena Blvd., Queens, 2008
    8. 8. Senior Splash After   Before
    9. 9. Housing: Aging In Place Principles  Building community and a communications network  Knowing what residents need and can offer  Age-friendly physical environment
    10. 10. Contact Information Caitlyn Smith csmith@nyam.org (212) 419-3553 www.agefriendlynyc.org

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