New York City can and should be the health and wellness capital of the world. New Yorkers live long and adventurous lives that require adequate health options and the capacity to age in place and with grace. Marti will combine innovative ideas, local feedback, and proven best practices to expand services for our seniors, to advocate for universal health care, and to keep our hospitals from closing their doors.
Marti's PLAN for seniors and health
- Launch a robust outreach campaign to educate seniors about Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) benefits since a Department of Finance report found Stuyvesant Town is one of the most under-enrolled neighborhoods in the city, with only 25% of eligible seniors receiving benefits.
- Create additional Senior Centers in District 4 and fund programming on weekends for Stein Neighborhood Senior Center and Lenox Hill Neighborhood Senior Center.
- Establish a public-private partnership to scale senior-focused technology centers like the first-of-its-kind Senior Planet Center, which provides seniors with social connections and education around technology and health.
- Convene organizations that promote Home Sharing for seniors to identify best practices and interventions that can be used to scale safe, sustainable cohabitation that combats the isolation and loneliness experienced by aging alone.
- Commit to listening to community needs through a quarterly convening for seniors in District 4 to discuss priority issues impacting senior quality of life.
- Hold Mount Sinai Health System accountable to keep their commitment to expand their facilities, including a new hospital at 13th Street and 2nd Avenue to counter the downsizing Beth Israel at 16th Street and 1st Avenue.
- Provide free sunscreen in NYC parks, beaches and playgrounds to reduce risk of cancer as suggested in a recent report from NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer.
- Support universal health care for all New Yorkers. Specifically, review outcomes from the Direct Access pilot that serves 1,000 immigrant New Yorkers, who are excluded from federal and state insurance programs, with reliable and coordinated access to low-cost healthcare. Using information and learning from the pilot, work with the community to explore pilot expansion.
- Bring and expand mobile health clinics that provide preventative care and flu shots to families with small children and seniors.