When some people think of AARP, they may think of senior citizen discounts, but what they may not know is that the organization is an advocacy group that is working to advance causes not just for those who are retired, but for middle-aged and younger Americans as well. Those causes include Medicaid, affordable housing, Social Security, and advocating for retirement plans. Beth Finkel, the New York state director of AARP joined us to discuss this and more. Finkel worked on community outreach before she was tapped to lead the office three and a half years ago. That office has 2.6 million members statewide and 800,000 members in New York City.
The New Jewish Home offers rehabilitation, long-term nursing, housing, health care and other services to 12,000 seniors every year, and has a budget of more than $300 million. We sat down with president and CEO Audrey Weiner, who joined the organization in 1993, to talk about why they rebranded from Jewish Home Lifecare, expanding their “green house” model of eldercare, and how ice cream can help ease the challenges of aging.
We also spoke with John Sanchez, the executive director of the East Side House Settlement. When he retires in December, he’ll be departing an organization that he’s led for 27 years. The organization has an $18 million budget about 450 educators, counselors and social workers serving 10,000 residents and students across upper Manhattan and the Bronx. He talks with us about the things that have changed since the end of the Koch administration, and the things that, for better or worse, haven’t.