Council of Senior Centers and Services of N Y C

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Director of CSCSFor almost 30 years, CSCS has been recognized as the leading professional organization for New York City's senior service providers. A nonprofit organization founded in 1979, CSCS currently serves more than 300, 000 older New Yorkers through a network of about 300 senior centers, housing, adult day service programs, services for the homebound, mental health services and other programs directed by the more than 148 senior service sponsor organizations that constitute the membership of CSCS. Through this network, seniors can access congregate daily meals, home care, case management, legal services, recreational and social activities, transportation, escort and shopping services, counseling, benefit assistance and community outreach. Seniors centers are also called upon to meet emerging needs of grandparents raising grandchildren, health promotion, chronic care self-management, and isolation.Our members reach every community district and many of the older people they serve are sustained because of the effort of our member agencies. It is estimated that 20% of the elderly in New York City live at or below the poverty line, double the national rate of 10%. CSCS's report, Growing Old in New York City: The Age Revolution, reveals that the average age of a senior center participant is 77, with approximately 50% having incomes under $10, 000. Poverty and near-poverty conditions are particularly prevalent among minority populations where Latino, Asian and African-American seniors subsist on income levels well below the median. Senior centers are called upon to meet the emerging needs for an increasingly older population, as the 85+-year-old population is now the fastest growing segment of the City's population.Faced with the challenges of this demanding environment, these agencies require the resources CSCS provides. CSCS's goal is to prepare and position community-based providers to be capable of meeting current and emerging needs to ensure the highest quality of life possible for New York City's elderly. We accomplish this in a number of different ways: public policy ; management assistance ; publications ; technology and special initiatives.We have employed the power of collaboration to extend our resources and those of our members. Over many years, we have partnered with other organizations to bring cutting edge programming and workshops, providing the quality support our members have come to expect from CSCS. In this past year, CSCS identified the growing need for a unified statewide voice on senior issues as the challenges to human services have grown beyond the five boroughs. CSCS is working closely with the New York State Coalition on Aging ( NYSCA ) to identify opportunities for coordinated statewide activities in advocacy, member services, training and technical assistance.Igal Jellinek Speaks About Senior Services to Alzheimer's Association of Staten Island, May 14, 200949 West 45th Street,, NY 10036 York 7th FloorTel 212-398-6565Fax 212-398-8398