Institute for Senior Action (IFSA)

IFSA is a comprehensive education, leadership, and advocacy training program which guides older adults on ways to become engaged in civic affairs and social action.

The interactive ten-week course is taught by carefully chosen experts in their respective fields. 

Presentations by: 

  • New York City Department for the Aging
  • Human Resources Administration
  • Manhattan Borough President
  • New York Academy of Medicine
  • AARP
  • National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
  • and more!
The curriculum includes crucial information on techniques of social action, understanding the city, state, and federal legislative process, benefits and entitlements, and guidance on how to be more civically active. 

Thursdays, March 9 – May 18, 2017
(no class on April 13)       

Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: JASA Cooper Square, 200 East 5th Street, Manhattan

Acceptance letters are sent upon review of applications; once accepted, there is a $120 course fee, which includes materials.

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Know Your Rights: Legal Workshop Series 

Tuesdays, May 2 - May 16

Financial Abuse: Committed by Family Members and Abuses of Power of Attorney
Mark Sicari, Attorney, JASA / Legal Services for the Elderly in Queens
Tuesday, May 2, 10am-12pm

Advance Planning Documents and Long Term Care Planning
Téa Solomonia Bishop, Staff Attorney, Elder Law Practice, Public Benefits Unit,
New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)
Tuesday, May 9, 10am-12pm

Patient Rights: Navigating the Healthcare System
Maria Alvarez, Executive Director, New York StateWide Senior Action Council
Tuesday, May 16, 10am-12pm

All workshops take place at JASA Cooper Square, 200 East 5th Street, Manhattan

Registration required by Tuesday, April 18th

Fee: $5 per workshop


Contact 212.273.5353 or for more information

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  • The IFSA class has brought out the advocate in me. This class has given me the opportunity to speak out with knowledge about important issues.
    - Doris