This initiative aims to understand and improve the experiences of vulnerable older adults and caregivers in Western and Central New York.

Aging By Design is a multi-year initiative by the Health Foundation of Western & Central New York (HFWCNY) to see what is possible when we create solutions with vulnerable older adults and caregivers rather than for them.

Who are Vulnerable Older Adults and Caregivers?

Vulnerable older adults are people age 60 or older that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • are at greater risk for one of more triggers of decline (e.g. events that precipitate a decline in physical, cognitive, or mental health for otherwise healthy older adults living in the community)
  • are living in poverty;
  • are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.

Caregivers are people of any age caring for vulnerable older adults.

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