David Shenk, Commissioner of Senior Services

The mission of the Department of Senior Services of Erie County is to promote the well-being of all older adults through coordinated and cost-effective services which enhance their independence, dignity, and quality of life.

 

 

 

 

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What's Happening in Senior Services

Classes for People Helping Older Relatives or Friends 

A six-week educational program designed to provide caregivers the tools needed for taking care of themselves is now being offered. Through six 2 1/2 hour sessions held on a weekly basis caregivers learn to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate feelings, and locate helpful resources. Attendees also learn how to increase their ability to make tough decisions and balance their lives.  

 

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These are free one hour courses in a variety of topics such as current events, history, and science. Classes are designed to provide older adults with opportunities for intellectual stimulation, learning, and discussion in accessible settings. No homework or no tests, just exciting discussions on academic topics alongside peers with similar interests. 

Welcome to the department’s annual public hearing season! 

Public hearings are an opportunity to voice your opinion about something important to you, where it’s most likely to be noticed, written down or recorded, and formalized.  Hearings give citizens a chance to contribute to the discussion regarding decisions made by the public officials.

 

Choose Healthy Fall 2019

Choose Healthy workshops are FREE and participants receive a copy of the companion book, “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions”. The workshop series consists of six, 2½ hour classes, held weekly which are facilitated by two trained Peer Leaders, one or both of whom are living with a chronic disease. Participants must pre-register.

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Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A MATTER OF BALANCE is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels.

Review detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in Erie County, including the overall rating based on health inspection, staffing, and quality measure ratings, on our Safer Senior Homes website.

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Free legal advice and help from an attorney on: Collections, garnishments, frozen bank accounts, court cases or judgments related to credit card debts, medical debts, student loans, utility collections, lines of credit, charge accounts. 

Please bring ALL papers related to the issue you are having. If there is a default judgment against you, please bring a complete copy of your court file.

Sessions are held:

Contact

Phone: (716) 858-8526

Erie County Department of Senior Services
95 Franklin Street, 13th Floor
Buffalo, New York 14202

Office hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm