# Department of the Aging
The New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA or the Department) is the lead Mayoral agency addressing public policy and service issues for the aging; it is a local government agency and the largest agency in the federal network of Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) in the United States. Established to represent and address the needs of elderly residents of New York City, the Department administers and promotes the development and provision of accessible services for older persons and serves as an advocate on legislative and policy issues.
DFTA’s mission is to work to eliminate ageism and ensure the dignity and quality‐of‐ life of New York City’s diverse older adults, and for the support of their caregivers through service, advocacy, and education.
program_category: Senior and Disability Welfare
service: Human Services
UN_Sustainable_Development_Goals: Goal 10 Reduced Inequalities