About the Master Plan for Aging (MPA)

About the Master Plan for Aging (MPA)

Overview

Overview

Under the leadership of Governor Kathy Hochul, New York State has embarked on a State Master Plan for Aging (MPA). The MPA is designed to ensure that older adults and individuals of all ages can live healthy, fulfilling lives while aging with dignity and independence.

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) are coordinating the MPA, building on decades of work and partnerships with state agencies, local governments and stakeholders. First announced in Governor Hochul’s State of the State Address and Fiscal Year 2023 State Budget, the MPA process was further directed by Executive Order No. 23, which Governor Hochul signed on November 4, 2022.

Learn about the governing structure of the MPA.

Background and History

In its structure and scope, the MPA is a new and unprecedented opportunity to support older adults and people of all ages. However, the MPA also builds on a longstanding foundation of existing coordinated work in New York. This work has long recognized that the concerns of older adults – and the opportunities to support them – exist across traditional service, infrastructure, and program boundaries.

The MPA’s origins extend from several preceding efforts and initiatives. These include Livable New York, in 2011, which helped municipalities better plan for the housing and community needs of older people, younger people with disabilities, families, and caregivers. In addition, the downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) – now in its sixth round of funding – has invigorated and enlivened smaller and rural downtowns to improve quality of life and foster age-friendly community spaces for people of all ages to thrive.

These and related efforts at the state and local levels led to a landmark distinction in 2017: New York became the first state in the nation enrolled into the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and AARP Network of Age-Friendly States. This Age-Friendly New York milestone was followed by Executive Order No. 190 (in 2018), which embeds age-friendly and livable principles into state policies, operation and procurement based on a Health Across All Policies Approach in alignment with New York’s Age-Friendly initiatives.

On November 4, 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul directed an unprecedented new level of coordination, planning and policymaking with Executive Order No. 23 creating the first Master Plan for Aging in New York State, heralding a new era of support for older adults and people of all ages to succeed.


Why A Master Plan for Aging?

Why A Master Plan for Aging?

Experiences early in life have a cumulative impact on how successfully a person ages. The MPA offers a holistic and proactive focus, addressing needs and providing supports for individuals from childhood to mid-life to older age across programs, services, and policies.

New York ranks fourth in the nation in the number of individuals aged 60 and over, at 4.6 million. By 2030, this population is expected to reach 5.3 million. Also by 2030, over 51 counties will have a population with 25% of individuals being aged 60 and older. This highly valued population contributes substantially to the economic, social, and cultural vibrancy of our state. Such contributions are a source of strength that New York proactively embraces through supportive policies in the MPA. For instance:

  • Approximately 935,000 individuals age 60 and over contribute 495 million hours of service at an economic value of $13.8 billion.
  • 64% of older adults (60+) own their own homes and have no mortgage, contributing to the state and local tax base.
  • Older adults also contribute directly to New York’s long term care system. There are 4.1 million caregivers in New York State, and their average age is 64. Their caregiving – for people of all ages – is valued at $32 billion, if paid at the market rate.

Find more of this data on NYS Office for the Aging’s website.


MPA Timeline

MPA Timeline

Late 2022/Early 2023: Establish State Agency Council and Stakeholder Advisory Committee
Spring/Summer 2023: Preliminary Advisory Report
Throughout 2023: Continued Public Engagement
Early 2024: Draft Final Report
Early 2025: Adopt Final Master Plan


News & Resources

News & Resources

News

New York State Department of Health and New York State Office for the Aging Hold Town Hall Meetings in Western New York on Master Plan for Aging to Receive Public Input (May 29, 2024)

New York State Department Of Health and Office For The Aging Hold Town Hall In New York City To Outline the Master Plan For Aging and Receive Public Input (May 22, 2024)

New York State Department of Health and Office for the Aging Hold Town Hall Event In Harlem to Outline the Master Plan for Aging and Welcome Public Input (May 17, 2024)

New York State Department of Health Recognizes Older Americans Month In May By Highlighting Programs and Initiatives That Reinforce New York’s Commitment to Promoting Healthy Aging for All New Yorkers (May 10, 2024)

New York State Department of Health and Office For The Aging Hold Town Hall In Westchester County to Outline Goals of the Master Plan for Aging and Receive Public Input (March 7, 2024)

New York State Department of Health and Office for the Aging Hold Town Hall On Long Island to Outline the Master Plan for Aging and Receive Public Input (February 27, 2024)

New York State Department of Health and State Office for the Aging Announce Public Survey to Gather Input and Help Shape the State Master Plan for Aging Ends On February 29 (February 26, 2024)

New York State Department of Health and Office for the Aging Hold Town Hall in the Bronx to Outline the Master Plan for Aging and Receive Public Input (February 5, 2024)

New York State Department of Health and Office for the Aging hold Town Hall In Brooklyn to Outline the Master Plan for Aging and Receive Public Input (January 10, 2024)

New York State Department of Health and Office for the Aging Hold Town Hall In Manhattan to Outline the Master Plan for Aging and Receive Public Input (January 9, 2024)

New York State Department of Health and Office for the Aging Hold Town Hall In Harlem to Outline the Master Plan for Aging and Receive Public Input (December 6, 2023)

New York State Department of Health and Office for the Aging Hold Listening Session In Utica to Outline the Master Plan for Aging and Welcome Public Input (November 20, 2023)

New York State Department of Health and Office for the Aging Hold Listening Session In Johnson City to Outline the Master Plan for Aging and Receive Public Input (November 9, 2023)

New York State Department of Health and Office for the Aging Hold Town Hall In Flushing to Outline the Master Plan for Aging and Receive Public Input (October 18, 2023)

New York State Department of Health and Office for the Aging Hold Town Hall On Long Island to Outline the Master Plan for Aging and Receive Public Input (October 17, 2023)

New York State Department of Health and State office for the Aging Announce Survey to Gather Public Input and Help Shape State Master Plan for Aging October 11, 2023

New York State Department of Health and New York State office for the Aging Conduct town Hall Meetings In Buffalo On Master Plan for Aging and Receive Public Input September 8, 2023

New York State Department of Health and Office for the Aging Hold Listening Session In Rochester to Outline the Master Plan for Aging and Welcome Public Input August 10, 2023

New York State Department of Health and Office for the Aging Hold town Hall In Plattsburgh to Outline the Master Plan for Aging and Receive Public Input July 12, 2023

New York State Department of Health and Office for the Aging Hold town Hall In Albany to Outline the Master Plan for Aging and Receive Public Input July 11, 2023

New York State Department of Health and New York State Office for the Aging Launch Town Hall Meetings on Master Plan for Aging and Receive Public Input June 7, 2023

Governor Hochul Issues Proclamation Designating May as Older Americans Month May 5, 2023

Governor Hochul Announces Stakeholder Advisory Committee for New York State's Master Plan for Aging December 22, 2022

Governor Hochul Signs Executive Order to Create New York's First-Ever Master Plan for Aging November 4, 2022

Executive Order No. 23: Establishing the New York State Master Plan for Aging November 4, 2022

Resources

Preliminary Report of the New York State Master Plan for Aging August 28, 2023

Report: Age-Friendly New York (submitted to AARP by the New York State Department of State, New York State Department of Health and New York State Office for the Aging; March 2021)