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One Million Already Living in Hunger Before Sandy

Environment, Food, Social Services November 30, 2012 at 6:15 pm

A study by the New York City Coalition Against Hunger found that Hurricane Sandy only exacerbated an already alarming level of hunger in New York City, reported Amsterdam News. Before the storm, 1 in 6 already did not have enough to eat.

An image from Voices of NY's video on the Rego Park Senior Center. (Video by Channon Hodge and Cheryl Chan)

Special Project: Graying in Color

Demographics, Featured Posts, Social Services, Video September 14, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Getting old in New York City, it turns out, can actually be pretty fun. Voices of NY’s four-part multimedia project reports on how some of the city’s senior centers are finding new ways to create welcoming environments for seniors of all cultures, help seniors to stay in their longtime communities, and encourage seniors themselves to help fill the gaps caused by tight budgets and inadequate staffing.

At the Baruch Elders Services Team program in the Lower East Side, seniors help serve meals. (Still from a video by Channon Hodge)

Graying in Color: Seniors Helping Seniors

Demographics, Social Services, Video September 14, 2012 at 12:38 pm

In New York City, there’s no rest for the retired. As senior centers struggle to serve a growing and increasingly diverse elderly population, they often find themselves turning to the seniors themselves for help, as volunteers and part-time workers.

At Baruch Houses, a development in the Lower East Side, the residents have aged together, and now need senior services nearby. (Still from a video by Channon Hodge)

Graying in Color: Aging in Place

Social Services, Video September 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm

What happens when a whole block or housing development gets older together? “Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities,” known as NORCs, sometimes compel the city to bring the services to the seniors.

Seniors from the LGBT community celebrated the opening of a senior center designed to meet their needs, SAGE. (Photo by Channon Hodge)

Graying in Color: A Haven For LGBT Seniors

Demographics, LGBTQ, Social Services, Video September 12, 2012 at 10:21 pm

A center for LGBT seniors and another for visually impaired seniors are among a handful of new, “innovative” centers that tailor their environment to seniors’ particular needs and interests. Other centers include community gardening programs, vegetarian cuisine, swimming and watercize classes and training on everything from using Skype to bird-watching.

An image from Voices of NY's video on the Rego Park Senior Center. (Video by Channon Hodge and Cheryl Chan)

Graying in Color: Aging Actively Among Your Own

Demographics, Social Services, Video September 11, 2012 at 5:54 pm

To serve New York City’s growing – and increasingly diverse – elderly population, senior center organizers are abandoning the “one size fits all” approach to senior care, and instead gearing programs to specific populations and cultures.