Other Aging-in-place Resources
Here are some other unique aging-in-place options
Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities
A Naturally Occurring Retirement Community, or NORC, is a community not originally designed for older adults, but one that evolved into a place where a large percentage of older adults currently reside. In New York, specific communities can apply to the state Office for the Aging to receive official designation as a NORC, thus becoming eligible for programs that provide supplemental funding for medical and social services, recreation and education activities, and financial services. There are two basic kinds of NORCs: 1) a multi-unit housing development or complex; and 2) a defined geographic area, often older residents in single-family homes, known as a Neighborhood NORC.
NORC programs are often partnerships of housing, neighborhood organizations, residents, health and social service providers, and other community stakeholders. Each NORC program is tailored to the needs of its own community and has its own unique combination of services.
Here is a current listing of NORCs on Long Island:
Plainview Assisting Community Elders (PACE)
Plainview-Old Bethpage Cares
Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center
POB Cares and Project PACE are programs of the Mid-Island Y JCC in partnership with Northwell Health, the Jewish Association Services for the Aged (JASA), the Town of Oyster Bay and other community organizations and partners.
Project Independence (Town of North Hempstead)
A program of the town’s Department of Services for the Aging, Project Independence brings together a wide array of community partners, including health care providers, human service agencies, social, educational, and recreational programs, and local businesses. The Town has gradually expanded PI programs and services across six regions, establishing community-center type locations in New Hyde Park, Roslyn, Great Neck, Mineola/Williston Park, Westbury/Carle Place, and Port Washington.
Hands on Huntington (HOH)
www.huntingtonny.gov (Click Services, then Seniors, then Programs & Services)
Hands on Huntington provides social and health services, information and referral, and educational and recreation programs to seniors in parts of Greenlawn, East Northport and Huntington. HoH is supported by the Town of Huntington, and The Suffolk Y JCC.
HomeShare Long Island—Suffolk
Family Service League
This program matches senior homeowners in Suffolk County who have extra room in their homes with adults age 18 or older who need an affordable place to live. Personal interviews, background checks, and reference investigations are provided. Possible matches are offered, but the decision is the homeowner’s. Services are fee-based.