On Friday, January 25, 2014 local elected officials and other dignitaries helped Asian Americans for Equality officially open the AAFECare Center for Seniors.
The stated mission of the center is to provide a “continuum of holistic care services addressing the health and social needs of our community’s senior citizens.” AAFE, an established non-profit community development corporation, has built more than 700 units of affordable housing throughout New York City. AAFECare grew out of a strong commitment to expanding our tenant services program, directly addressing the needs of senior citizens in AAFE-managed buildings. The overarching goal is to help tenants successfully age in place, giving seniors the ability to live in their own homes and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age or income.
“I am extremely excited about the opening of today’s center,” said Christopher Kui, executive director of Asian Americans for Equality. “Many of our tenants are getting older and we want to ensure they have the support to successfully age in place. The AAFECare Center for Seniors will provide a convenient location for services and programs within walking distance of their apartment. The Center is an embodiment of our commitment to tenant services.”
The AAFECare Center for Seniors at 111 Norfolk Street in Manhattan includes an enclosed outdoor courtyard and two floors of activity space that are wheelchair accessible. The program will run for five days a week, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Participants will benefit from the following programs:
- Full personal care, meal and transportation services.
- Personalized and group instruction to improve ability for seniors to care for themselves independently.
- Social services, health care and entitlement services with ongoing case management and follow-up.
- Advocacy for senior rights and entitlement services.
Daily services include:
- Healthy breakfast and lunch meal service.
- Stimulating activities that exercise both the mind and body, such as arts & craft, exercise, education, and other events.
- Ongoing learning and educational opportunities for English, computer, and health and nutrition courses.
- Personalized boutique service model that focuses on individual needs.
In order to enroll, participants must be 55 years or older, have Medicaid or both Medicaid and Medicare, and have eligibility approved by a Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) plan.
For more information, call 212-358-9922.