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Directs the state office for the aging to conduct a study on the number of older adults residing in naturally occurring retirement communities or neighborhood naturally occurring retirement communities who are suffering from social isolation and loneliness; makes related provisions.
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A5520
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the elder law, in relation to the naturally occurring
retirement community supportive service program; in relation to author-
izing the study of the number of senior citizens residing in naturally
occurring retirement communities who are suffering from loneliness and
social isolation; and providing for the repeal of certain provisions
upon the expiration thereof
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
The purpose of this bill is to collect information on social isolation
and loneliness in older adults.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill authorizes and directs the State Office for the
Aging (SOFA) to conduct a study on the number of older adults residing
in Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORC) or Neighborhood
NORCs who are suffering from social isolation and loneliness.
Section 2 of the bill requires the Director of SOFA to submit the finds
of the study to the Governor and Legislature on or before one year after
the effective date of this act.
Section 3 of the bill would add the number of residents who are suffer-
ing from social isolation and loneliness and the services being provided
to residents to the report the director prepares to the Governor and
Legislature every five years on the effectiveness of NORCs.
A 2020 report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and
Medicine states that more than one-third of adults aged 45 and older
feel lonely, and nearly one-fourth of adults aged 65 and older are
considered to be socially isolated. The Center for Disease Control
states that social isolation and loneliness are associated with a 50%
increase risk in dementia and premature death, as well as higher rates
of depression, anxiety, and suicide. This bill will ensure accurate data
is being collected on social isolation and loneliness to help ensure the
needs of older adults in these communities are being met.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: