NYC Launches Mental-Health Programs for Older Residents

NEW YORK (AP) -

New York City has launched mental-health programs aimed at improving the lives of older residents.

The initiative will offer mental-health services at 15 senior centers this year, and another 10 centers will get services next year. Trained volunteers will visit homebound seniors. The volunteers will work with coordinators at case-management agencies, and residents who need help will get referrals.

The Department of Aging says the goal is to prevent social isolation, which increases the risk of health issues, including depression and anxiety.

First Lady Chirlane McCray said that her own parents suffered from untreated mental-health problems, and that the stigma and lack of resources kept them from getting help.

Deputy Mayor Richard Buery said that New Yorkers are living longer, and it’s important to make sure that they thrive.