Assemblywoman Millman, Chair of the Legislative Commission on Government Administration, convened a
second roundtable on the future elderly, December 10, 2004, at Brooklyn Borough Hall.
Assemblywoman Millman addresses participants at the most recent discussion in Brooklyn.
By 2015, the generation of baby-boomers will be retiring en masse. This meeting's discussion centered on
aging-in-place: what are the elements that make an ideal program and what kinds of programs do we have in
New York. In particular, participants provided details on naturally occurring retirement communities (NORC)
programs, how they work, and how they can be strengthened.
In many parts of New York State, such as Brooklyn, an increasing proportion of the population is growing older
and entering retirement. As these citizens age, they often choose to remain in their communities or age-in-place.
This growing population of older people presents a challenge to health care and social service providers. In New
York City, the vertical (apartment building) NORC model of care recognizes that seniors wish to remain in their
homes and draws upon existing networks and the seniors themselves to help develop and manage services.
NORCs are also looking to adapt their vertical approach to a "horizontal" model, which would
apply to the suburbs and would help seniors in maintaining their independence, remain in their homes and in
This informative discussion included representatives of community-based organizations, senior housing
administrators, policy experts and government officials. The roundtable participants all agreed that the NORC
model has proven itself, but several observed that the program requires more funding and needs to be replicated
in more communities.