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Seniors Count: A New 2020 Census Toolkit Helps Senior Services Providers to "Get Out the Count"

The New York Academy of Medicine has released a "Get Out the Count" toolkit to help aging services providers to encourage participation by older adults in the 2020 Census. The Census is the once-in-a decade effort to count everyone living in the United States. It determines the allocation of federal funds and representation in Congress. The toolkit is available here.

Adults age 65 and older are considered "hard to count" (HTC) based on their historic response rate to Census questionnaires. Many older New Yorkers fall into additional HTC categories based on race, income, access to technology, and other sociodemographic factors. Funded by the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the "Get Out the Count" toolkit offers information and strategies designed for aging services organizations to engage older adults in the Census. Although focused on New York City, the toolkit's strategies are broadly applicable statewide.

The New York Academy of Medicine is partnering with LiveOn NY to provide in-person trainings on this toolkit to organizations in New York City. If you are interested in hosting a training at your organization, please email Stephanie Ruiz.

More information about the Census and about group quarters counting is available here and here.

Contact: Karen Lipson, klipson@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8383 ext. 124