LiveOn NY (formerly theCouncil of Senior Centers and Services of New York City, Inc.) has one mission - to make New York State a better place to age. LiveOn NY has recently expanded its mandate to work with all of New York state.
Founded in 1979, LiveON NY began as an organization dedicated to advocating for policy change to further the interests of senior centers and agencies in New York City. Today, it is an incubator, shaping the future of aging by developing new ideas that take the form of advocacy, policy and program development. Its programming helps older New Yorkers as they confront ageism, social isolation, the hardships of living on a fixed income, the need for quality and compassionate healthcare and other challenges.
For 35 years, CSCS has been New York’s leading incubator for developing innovative approaches to aging. Whether through direct services for older New Yorkers, advocacy, technical assistance or training for aging services professionals, we have worked to ensure New York is a place where everyone can grow old with confidence, grace, dignity and vitality.
By 2030, New York’s over-65 population will skyrocket to a projected 3.9 million - a 60% increase from 2000 – and will comprise 20% of New York State’s total population. As New Yorkers live longer and continue to age in place, the need for increased community-based support will be essential.
With a membership base of more than 100 organizations ranging from individual community-based centers to large multi-service organizations, LiveOn NY’s policy, advocacy and research focus on issues critical to older adults including affordable housing, elder hunger, economic security and community services.
Its direct services have an immediate impact on older adults such as bringing needed SNAP benefits and bill paying assistance to those in need.
Other signature programs include Marketplace @ CSCS – a group purchasing program that passes on significant savings and discounts to members for products and services including food, milk, office supplies, FedEx, janitorial supplies and disposables, kitchen equipment, computers, insurance, copiers and printers, phone systems and phone service plans, and much more.
Now in its eighth year, LiveOn NY’s HIV/AIDS and Older Adults Training and Technical Assistance Program is responding to the growing population of older adults living with HIV/AIDS. Partnering with AIDS Community Research Initiative of America, the initiative brings training and technical assistance to agencies throughout all five boroughs.
The Senior Activators Corp is a program that harnesses the power of individual older adults to make change and influence policy decisions. The unique program brings older New Yorkers together and trains and empowers them to get involved in public speaking and policy issues.
LiveOn NY also supports community programs and local senior centers by providing capacity building assistance, management training and educational programs.