Manoj Pardasani, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., A.C.S.W., is a Faculty Research Scholar at the Ravazzin Center for Social Work Research in Aging and Associate Professor at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service.
He has a Master’s of Social Work degree and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University.
Manoj Pardasani started his social work career in senior centers and that sparked his lifelong passion for the study of senior centers. He has conducted a number of studies on senior center programming, characteristics of senior center administrators and participants, and policy advocacy by senior centers, which have been published in peer-reviewed, academic journals.
In 2011-12, the New York City Department for the Aging embarked on an ambitious venture to re-brand and renew senior centers. Eight innovative senior centers were established in NYC.
These senior centers had enhanced budgets, programming and resources. This workshop will trace the development and implementation of these new senior centers, with a description of programs offered and populations served.
A unique university-community-government collaboration utilized research data to develop an advocacy agenda to influence public policy and led to the creation of these new senior centers. Preliminary findings regarding impact of these innovative senior centers will be shared.