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Randy Hoak, Commissioner of Erie County Senior Services

Edward A. Rath County Office Building
95 Franklin Street, 13th Floor
Buffalo, NY 14202

(716) 858-8526

Randy Hoak
Commissioner of Senior Services


Welcome to the Erie County Department of Senior Services' webpage. We encourage you to browse for information you need and perhaps even find things you didn't know existed! If you have any questions about our Department, services or programs for older adults that aren't answered within this website, please contact us - (716) 858-8526. Additionally, we can also direct you if you’re helping a senior who lives out of the area.

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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Office Hours Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
(July & August 8:30 am – 4:30 pm)

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University Express Spring 2015

Students and instructors love the topics at University Express!

FREE University Express Classes continue into Spring 2015 thanks to BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and Excelsior Orthopaedics for their support in sponsoring and providing instructors for the classes. Rediscover how FUN learning...

Ever Wonder if You Qualify for Help??

The Erie County Department of Senior Services maintains and updates all year the Benefit Checklist which is a terrific guideline of financial programs for seniors and disabled people. 

Please look over the figures and feel free to share with co-workers, agencies, church members, family members, friends, etc. The Benefit Checklist can always be found on the Erie County Department of Senior Services website at: Please feel free to visit...

Pie Day is Back!

Our pie day is back! Please join us at your specific Dining Site on the following days to enjoy a piece of freshly made pie. Remember that reservations are required three (3) business days before the pie is to be served and you can do that by notifying your Dining Site that you will be there. We look forward to seeing you!

Pie Days in 2015 are back!

Easter - Thursday, April 2, 2015 - Coconut Cream

Mothers Day - Friday, May 8, 2015 - Lemon Meringue

Father's Day - Friday, June 19, 2015 - Chocolate Cream

If You Drive; You Can Help

When we need to go to a doctor’s office, grocery shopping, or the pharmacy, most people just hop in our car and go. car keys

Unfortunately, many do not have that option. Some older adults cannot - or no longer wish to - get behind the wheel. Others may be too sick to drive to the doctor for much needed treatments. This is where you can step in and help. If you can drive, your help is invaluable.

RSVP works with many organizations that utilize volunteer drivers, but in particular need right now are:

  • American Cancer Society 101 John James Audubon Pkwy., Amherst (716) 689-6982 ext...
Erie County Executive & Commissioner of Senior Services Hand Over the Keys to New Wheelchair Accessible Vans

 Donating Vans to Erie County Senior Centers

On February 19th, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz along with Senior Services Commissioner Randy Hoak, handed over the keys to 4 new wheelchair accessible senior buses/vans to 4 different community centers across Erie County. We would like to thank Independent Health for helping to defray the cost to purchase the vehicles. The towns of Evans and West Seneca Senior Centers while the...

Elder Law Day is June 17, 2015

Approximately 1 in 10 Americans aged 60+ have experienced some form of elder abuse. Some estimates range as high as 5 million elders who are abused each year and one study estimated that only 1 of 14 cases of abuse are reported to authorities.

Elder Law Day 2015 will be held on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 in the City of Buffalo starting at 9 am at the Adam’s Mark Hotel (Ground Floor). Check-in will begin at 8:00 am and there is no charge for parking in the Adams Mark Ramp. 

The annual event is open to the public and will feature prominent elder law attorneys leading seminars on topics of interest to seniors, caregivers and aging service professionals. Topics will include:


Register for Elder Law Day 2015 Here

Read more to register for Elder Law Day 2015!


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Online Registration for 2015 Elder Law Fair

Register online now for the 2015 Elder Law Fair.


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Let's talk about Dementia

Request a free, confidential, consultation with a Certified Dementia Practitioner. information to help caregivers better understand their loved ones’ behaviors.


If living alone worries you or a loved one, the Carrier Alert program can offer you the comfort that someone who visits your home regularly can call for help


EC Recognized by AARP as a Leader in Addressing Needs of Aging Population Poloncarz Joins Officials in Pledging to Implement Further Age-Friendly Improvements


Mitch Flynn exemplifies the characteristics of "positive aging".

Living Healthy Workshops for Chronic Disease, Diabetes, Self Management

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