According to projections, the number of Americans aged 60 and over will almost double to 72 million by the year 2030. The statistic has the Queens Interagency Council on Aging working overtime in its efforts to draw attention to several areas of concern, some of which were noted at the organization’s 33rd semiannual Legislative Forum, held at Queens Borough Hall on Oct. 9.
Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) discussed what he called the “aging tsunami,” a reference to the growing senior population. Council members, he said, have been “piecemealing additional sections on top of the budget to make sure everything gets a push.”
Vallone advocated for an initiative called Support Our Seniors, or SOS, a generic term that allows each Council member to use funding for whatever they think is important — meals, libraries, housing, which he said led to an additional $40,000 per district.