AARP NY to Release New Research & Policy Paper on Disparities Faced by Older Rural New Yorkers

By AARP NY | December 5, 2022

Report Documents Challenges Rural NYers Face Accessing Housing and Transportation, Proposes Achievable Policy Solutions

WHAT:  AARP New York will hold a virtual event to release and discuss findings by respected researchers documenting challenges rural New Yorkers face in accessing housing and transportation – and proposing achievable policy solutions. The event will include breakout sessions in which the researchers, AARP, and experts will discuss each of the two issues in-depth.

WHEN:  9 a.m. Tuesday, December 6, 2022; breakout sessions on transportation at 10:15 a.m., and on housing at 11:30 a.m.



  • U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (via pre-recorded video)
  • NYS Senator Rachel May, Chair, Senate Aging Committee
  • NYS Senator Michelle Hinchey, Chair, Senate Agriculture Committee
  • NYS Assemblymember Billy Jones, Member, Assembly Aging Committee
  • Greg Olsen, Acting Director, NYS Office for the Aging
  • Beth Finkel, AARP New York State Director
  • Rex Smith, Editor of the Upstate American and former Editor of the Albany Times Union (moderator)
  • David McNally, AARP New York Director of Government Affairs & Advocacy
  • Nora OBrien-Suric, President, the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York

WHY:  Over a million rural New Yorkers are over the age of 50 – more than the entire population of six states and the District of Columbia – and their numbers are growing while the number of younger rural New Yorkers shrinks. The pandemic and this rapid aging of the rural population are exacerbating disparities rural New Yorkers have long faced in accessing affordable and appropriate housing and safe and convenient transportation. AARP New York is committed to working with rural New Yorkers, lawmakers and policymakers to advocate for legislation and policy changes aimed at improving life not only for older rural New Yorkers but for rural New York residents of all ages.


Contact: Christopher Carola, 518-316-0840, [email protected]


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