Moving To Kensington: Growing Old In Brooklyn

Wheelchair on East 5th Street

Everyone, it seems, grows up in Brooklyn. Resources for parents and children overflow into the stroller packed sidewalks.

But what about growing old?

For my part, when we bought a home we discussed not only the kids but our parents, too. Suppose our parents needed to move in with us? We found a home that could accommodate them as well.

Is Brooklyn a good place for elderly? Are there services for elderly? For adults taking care of aging parents?

Hello Brooklyn claims Brooklyn is the best place to grow old and lists a number of available resources and entertainment opportunities. Many free opportunities are in Prospect Park.

Even if the elderly can walk, stairs pose challenges, thus using public transportation is more difficult. At least the Church Ave subway has an elevator.

How do you make your own home more accessible? Aging in the Comfort of Your Own Home will, in addition to other services, build a ramp to your front door.

Of course the State of New York Office of Aging lists resources from benefits, to transportation.

In the end, what is it that keeps the elderly in Brooklyn instead of flying off to sunny Florida? Is it family? Is it services? We really want to know why you or your family member decided to stay in Kensington.

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