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Senior Swim Program

Senior Swim Program

Status: Ongoing


New York City United States of America
Print this page City population: 840583716% over 60Practice started in 2011


When Age-friendly NYC, a partnership of the Office of the Mayor, the City Council and the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) spoke to several thousand older adults throughout the city, many said that they were craving a place to cool off, to socialize and to get some exercise. A pilot project, Senior Swim was developed in 2012 with one city pool, in which several hours a week were dedicated to seniors only for swimming and aquatic exercises. It was such a success the city extended it to 14 pools in 2013 and 16 pools in 2014 and 2015.


Key facts

Main target group: Older people in general

Other target group(s): Disabled

Sector(s): Urban development

Desired outcome for older people:
Be mobile

Other issues the Age-friendly practice aims to address:

Other Issues: Social participation, community support and health services, respect and social inclusion

Contact details

Name: Goldman, Lindsay

Email address:

Preferred language(s): English

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