Next year marks the 30th anniversary of New York City’s first staffed Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) Supportive Service Program. This is an important milestone, as over the next 30 years these programs will inform how we care for and support aging populations.
A NORC is a community, neighborhood, or housing development that was originally designed for families but over time came to support older adults (aged 60 years or older). A NORC Supportive Service Program, on the other hand, is a partnership between a neighborhood and a housing development to help residents there age in place. Social workers, nurses, and other support staff help residents and caregivers as their needs change.