Moving forward with Age-friendly Active Design spaces in Central Brooklyn

June 3, 2013


Did you know that more than 1.3 million people, or 16% of New York City’s inhabitants, are currently over 60 years old and that this number is expected to double in the next 20 years? In Bed-Stuy alone there are over 12,000 older adults!

On May 17th, 2013 CIBS in collaboration with the Partnership for a Healthier Brooklyn at Restoration Corporation, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygience, The New York Academy of Medicine, LISC NYC and the Bed-Stuy Aging Improvement Distrist hosted a Safe and Healthy Buildings Workshop to Re-Invision Age-Friendly Spaces at Restoration Corporation in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Presenters and participants shared strategies to make New York City Age-Friendly, Accessible, Safe and Active!


  • Learn how to use spaces to encourage physical activity & promote senior home safety;
  • Learn about easy upgrades that have substantial impact on the improvement of the seniors’ living;
  • Help assess priorities to create safe & active environments for seniors;
  • Connect with staff from the NYC Health Department, LISC New York City, The New York Academy of Medicine and other organizations;
  • Network with other organizations interested in making neighborhood improvements; and
  • Hear success stories from community-based projects.


Strategies for Creating Age-friendly and Age-Friendly Upgrade Success Stories
• Caitlyn Smith, New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM)

Home Safety and Falls Prevention 
• Anna Caffarelli, Injury Surveillance and Prevention Program at NYC DOH

Introduction to Active Design 
• Sarah Wolf, Built Environment & Healthy Housing Program at NYC DOH


Active Design is the design of neighborhoods, as well as buildings and building sites, and their amenities that incorporate increased opportunities for daily active living and healthy eating.

  • Active Design Guidelines, New York City Department of Design and Construction. Available at:
  • Center for Active Design, Interdisciplinary Partnership Promoting Health Through Design Website: or Email:

Universal Design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.

Age-Friendly refers to design that enables people of all ages to actively participate in community activities, regardless of their age.

Free and Low Cost Renovation Opportunities

Brush with Kindness Program
The mission of Habitat-NYC’s Brush with Kindness (BWK) program is to enhance, beautify and revitalize community spaces in New York City. More information

Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together NYC is a nonprofit organization for safe and healthy housing that provides repairs and modifications to low-income homes and non-profit facilities. More information or Email:

Retrofit Block By Block, Restoration Corporation 
Retrofit NYC Block by Block packages and explains financial incentive programs that cover some (and sometimes all) of the costs of energy upgrades. More information at:

Other Resources and Information

Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Check for

NYC Government’s 59 Initiatives to Enhance Our City’s Livability for Older New

NYC DOHMH Falls Prevention Resources

New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM)

Contact Us

To get a copy of the presentation powerpoints, to share your stories or to host future Age-friendly Active Design workshops and projects contact CIBS by email at or the Partnership for a Healthier Brooklyn at Restoration Corporation at

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