Submitted by ub on Fri, 07/06/2012 - 16:50

First Deputy Commissioner for NYC Parks & Recreation Liam Kavanagh will join Department for the Aging Commissioner Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito, and President of the New York Academy of Medicine Jo Ivey Boufford to announce the launch of designated Senior Swim hours at 14 public pools citywide. After the speaking program, the Harlem Honeys & Bears synchronized swimming team will perform.

Senior Swim offers adults a stress-free, quieter time to socialize, swim, stretch and enjoy the benefits of water in NYC Parks’ outdoor pools. The program runs from July 9 through August 24, and is open to everyone over the age of 62.

The event is part of Age-friendly New York City, a collaborative effort to respond to and benefit from this population change, led by the Office of the Mayor, the New York City Council, and NYAM. Age-friendly NYC is a series of 59 initiatives aimed at making New York a more livable City for its growing senior population. Age-friendly NYC has several neighborhood-level projects aiming to make improvements for older adults called Aging Improvement Districts. As part of Age-friendly New York City, NYC Parks has launched a “senior portal” on the Agency’s website, making it easier for older adults to find the activities, events and facilities that interest them.