From the office of the Manhattan Borough President, this "Help Guide" is filled with useful contact numbers when dialing 311 does not get you where you want. To download the guide, click "Download File" next to the pdf icon below or simply scroll through the numbers listed in the remainder of this post.
To help our members prepare for emergencies, we offer several handy items including important downloadable forms, which you will find below.
The first is a contact form for basic personal information and essential contacts to leave accessible in your home in case of emergency. The second is a companion health information form to list all the medicines, vitamins and supplements that you may take to keep with your emergency contact information. A third downloadable document provides references and tips to assist you in filling out these forms.
Experts on medical emergencies stress the importance of having this information handy. They advise having copies with you and posting the information on or near your refrigerator or at your bedside where first responders are authorized to look. It is important to keep this information up to date. Recent events also underscore the need to prepare for emergencies.
If you need hard copies or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at email@example.com or call (212) 842-8831 ext 32.
Click on the links below to download the forms. Tips to fill out these two forms are here.
Emergency Contact Form
Emergency Safety Review: A Tip Sheet of What to Have at Hand
Some of this information was prepared by our Neighbor-to-Neighbor Committee and some was presented at our April 30, 2009, panel “Emergency Safety Review."
BAiP works hard to serve its mission. However we recognize that members may need to access other more in-depth services. The following list is a compilation of local organizations and service providers that might be useful.
General Senior Services
171 West 85th Street
Phone: (212) 769-2850
Whether you’re looking for friendship, exercise, volunteer opportunities, creative arts, cultural activities, frozen Kosher home delivered meals, escorts to medical appointments, referrals, or even personalized computer lessons, you may take advantage of the many programs and services offered by DOROT.
Goddard Riverside Community Center
593 Columbus Avenue
Phone: (212) 415-5630
Goddard Riverside provides case management services. Their Senior Center offers social activities, exercise, outings, and nutritious reduced-price meals. For their home meals program, see "Selfhelp Community Services" below. To learn more, visit the website above.
Jewish Home Lifecare
120 West 106th Street
Phone: (800) 544-0304
JHL offers a Social Day Program for adults living at home. It includes assistance with personal care, breakfast, lunch and snacks, along with a wide range of activities and wellness programs.
49 West 45th Street
Phone: (212) 398-6565
LiveOn NY offers eligibility screening and application assistance for benefits and entitlements for New Yorkers over 60. LiveOn can assist ou with SNAP, NY Rent Freeze, Medicaid, Medicare Savings Program, HEAP and Low Income Subsidy. LiveOn also participates in New York's Senior Medicare Patrol program to help detect mistakes or potential fraud in Medicare payments.
Phone: (212) 453-9500
Met Council provides help with emergency financial assistance, food and clothing, as well as eviction prevention, advocacy and other legal issues. It operates several affordable housing sites for low- and middle-income seniors throughout New York City. And its Project Metropair makes free home visits to seniors for minor home repairs. Services include installation of grab bars and locks, moving peepholes, and reinforcing window gates. Met Council serves all people in need, regardless of ethnicity or background.
Phone: (347) 688-6599
Morningside Village offers volunteer help to seniors living in the area bordered by West 108th and 118th Streets from Riverside to Morningside Drives.
One Stop at JASA
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1846
New York, NY 10015
Phone: (212) 864-7900
One Stop helps seniors live safely and independently in their own homes by providing legal, housing, elder abuse, and general assistance services. One Stop at JASA is a unique walk-in agency where compassionate professionals go the extra mile to help older adults solve their problems--all in one place. Services are free and available in English, Spanish & French/Creole. One Stop counselors are on-site in our neighborhood on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Franciscan Community Center at 214 W. 97th Street.
NYC Council District 6 Office
Helen Rosenthal, Councilmember
563 Columbus Avenue at W. 87th Street
Phone: (212) 873-0280, Ext. 202
The Councilmember's office is a good resource for information on senior housing and services.
SAGE - Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders
305 Seventh Ave, 15th Floor
Dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults, SAGE offers a full-time center where you will find a comprehensive array of services, support groups, and programs related to arts and culture, fitness, food and nutrition, health and wellness, and lifelong education for LGBT elders.
Selfhelp Community Services - Meals-on-Wheels & Case Management Program
520 Eighth Avenue, 5th Floor
Phone: (212) 787-8106
Selfhelf Community Services (SCS) case management can assist with referrals and entitlements. SCS social workers do intake for home-delivered meal services provided through Encore Community Service's and Goddard Riverside's meal program. These include delivery of hot, frozen or kosher meals. The first step is to schedule a client assessment.
SPOP - Service Program for Older Adults
302 W. 91st Street
Phone: (212) 787-7120 x514
SPOP’s mission is to enhance the quality of life of older adults and to foster their independent living through the delivery of comprehensive mental health and supportive services, advocacy and education. It offers counseling in English, Spanish, French, Mandarin, Creole and Korean. SPOP also provides bereavement support; an adult day center for adults with Alzheimer's, dementia, or memory loss; and a continuing day treatment program for adults with serious or persistent mental illness.
Healthcare Guide for Older New Yorkers
This annual guide from New York City's Department for the Aging (DFTA) contains lots of useful information on Medicare, Medicaid, Long- Term Care Insurance and other important subjects. The full title is "A Complete Guide to Healthcare Coverage for Older New Yorkers."
Mental Health and Psychology Resources Online
At the above link you will find a range of mental health resources available online. This collection of mental health and psychology resources is the oldest annotated online directory of its kind.
Lifeline - Telephone Discount Program
Lifeline is a government assistance program that offers qualified customers a discount on their monthly telephone bills. To see how it works and who is eligible, click on this link:
As we get older, it is important to keep moving as well as to listen to our bodies and our minds. At some point, we all have to cope with pain management, stress reduction and falls prevention. And we have to keep challenging ourselves by remaining active through gentle and moderate exercise.
For ways to tend to body and mind, BAiP has a variety of resources that you may download below.
Gathered from many of our panels, the resources here include:
The information here is compiled from several panels. “Move It or Lose It!” presented on February 27, 2014, featured Barbara Greenberg, a certified trainer for Tai Chi for Arthritis; physical therapists Angela Bonita and Kearns Julian; and Vishwa Prakash, a master trainer for laughter yoga.
On February 16, 2012, our panel “Improve your Health-A Mind, Body Spirit Workshop” was presented by doctors and fitness instructors from Mount Sinai's Martha Stewart Center for Living, led by Patricia Bloom, MD.
On November 18, 2010, BAiP presented “Don’t Let Pain Take Over: Strategies for Coping with Chronic Pain” featuring Dr. Carl Grey, a fellow in palliative medicine at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and JD Elder, BS, LMT, who coordinates the massage therapy program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Falls Prevention Resources
On September 13, 2017, BAiP held the successful panel "Making Sure Fall is Just a Season: Falls Prevention." The panel generated a lot of resources on how to prevent falls, including a directory of additional organizations.
Compiled below are the handouts as well as the presenter's slides with thanks to Linda Iennaco for "Balance and Bones." Download the items below and do your own fall risk assessment, then figure out what your next best move it to prevent a fall by building upper and lower body strength, performing the chair rise exercise, and strengthening your bones through dietary choices.
And finally, if you do fall sometime down the line, there's a document below that can help prepare you to train for the best method to get up.
Aging in Place also means navigating New York and its transportation system.
NYC's Department of Transportation has a publication geared to older New Yorkers as part of its Vision Zero initiative. Below are some takeaways to help stay safe.
Another transportation resource that is close at hand, it the Columbia University shuttle, free for older adults. For information, routes and schedules, please click here.
It's hard to know when it’s time to seek caregiving help, and perhaps even harder to find it. Then begins the process of determining what is covered by insurance.
See the downloadable document below for information and a list of resources.
This information was presented at our June 25, 2009, panel "Help! Do You Need a Caregiver?"
Protecting Yourself from Scams and Abuse
Entitled "Smart Seniors," the downloadable guides in English and Spanish (links below) from the NYS Office of the Attorney General have important tips about protecting yourself from identity theft and financial fraud as well as information meant to keep us all alert and avoid becoming a victim of scam artists as we age. More information from the AG is available here.
The New York County District Attorney's office has resources for victims of elder abuse here.
In the face of increasing data breaches, we are all more vulnerable. One recommendation that might be right for you is to freeze your credit reports with the three major credit reporting companies. The FTC has answers about how to do this here.
Our Panels committee has presented scam safety topics twice, once at our October 26, 2017, panel "Scams: Learn How to Avoid Being a Victim" and once at our October 18, 2012, panel "How To Be a Street Smart Senior." Both presentations were given by Gary S. Brown, Statewide Elder Abuse Coordinator, Assistant Attorney General-in-charge, New York State office of the Attorney General, Westchester Regional Office. The documents below were handouts at the 2017 panel.
When, how, and whom to ask for help may be questions we have as we age in place. What help to request, the psychological and emotional barriers to seeking help or coping with change are covered in the downloadable document below. Facing the future with confidence and staying in control when accepting help from others are ways to ensure you remain independent. It is important to plan by preparing advance directives (wills, healthcare proxies, powers of attorney), by planning for long-term care, and/or spending down to Medicaid eligibility thresholds.
More information on these topics as well as some elder law contacts are available in the downloadable files below.
Some of this information was presented at our May 20, 2010, panel on "Maintaining Independence: Elder Law," some at our October 21, 2010, panel "Staying Independent" and some at our October 24, 2013, panel "Planning and Paying for Long-Term Care."
For one thing, not your social security number! And this might mean that you should leave your Medicare card at home, too. Did you know that the numbers are linked? Much to an identity thief's delight. Leave them both at home. For more tips on what you should and should not carry when you are out and about, click on the downloadable document below.