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A05520 Summary:

BILL NOA05520
 
SAME ASSAME AS S05907
 
SPONSORKim
 
COSPNSRReyes, Aubry, Williams, Walker, Bendett, DeStefano, Giglio JA
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd §209, Eld L
 
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.
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A05520 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A5520
 
SPONSOR: Kim
  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.   JUSTIFICATION: 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: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
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