THE CARTER BURDEN CENTER FOR THE AGING
The Carter Burden Center promotes the well being of seniors 60 and older through a continuum of services, advocacy and volunteer programs oriented to individual, family and community needs. We are dedicated to supporting the efforts of older people to live safely and with dignity.
The concept of the Carter Burden Center for the Aging began in the early seventies. City Councilman Carter Burden recognized a very great need that was not being met in his district – Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Countless frail and elderly who had contributed to the community their whole lives now needed help in order to remain in their apartments and continue to participate in the life of their neighborhood. In 1971 he addressed this need by creating a position for one social worker that worked solely with the seniors in his district. Now with a $3.9 million dollar budget and a staff of over forty, the Carter Burden Center for the Aging Inc., serves thousands of people each year.
The Carter Burden Center provides many different kinds of assistance to seniors. Often people come to the Center in crisis – they might have received an eviction notice or need help in ending an abusive relationship. Sometimes people need the socialization and activity available at the Carter Burden Luncheon Club. Dedicated staff, local undergraduate and graduate students, and over 2,000 volunteers help to address these needs.