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Welcome to the Erie County Department of Senior Services' webpage.  We encourage you to look through it for information you need, and perhaps even find things you didn't know existed!  If you have any questions about our Department or services and programs for older adults that aren't answered within this website, please contact us - (716) 858-8526.  We can also direct you if you are 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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Senior Services Now on Facebook!

You can be notified of some of the latest news from Senior Services.  Just "Like" us on Facebook at facebook iconhttp://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Erie-County-Senior-Services/135727969896577  and let your friends know too!

University Express Spring 2014

FREE University Express Classes continue into Spring 2014!  Re-discover how FUN learning can be!students and instructors love the topics!


All classes are FREE, but please call 636-3059 to pre-register. 

Specially designed for older adult learners, with 38 different topics from which to choose this semester, there's something for everyone!  See why thousands of our students rave about University Express in this semester's catalog...

 

School Volunteers Needed!

Erie County Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
is seeking 18 compassionate and extraordinary
volunteers to help childman helping kids with bookren in four
Buffalo Public Elementary Schools:

  1.  Southside Elementary #93,
  2. Lorraine Elementary #72
  3. Discovery School #67
  4. Charles Drew School #90.

By giving just a couple of hours a week, volunteers provide individual time so very needed by many of the children. If you’d like the satisfaction of sharing the joy of learning, helping children improve their reading and math skills, and using your skills and talents through volunteering in the schools, call RSVP at 858-7548 today!

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: http://www2.erie.gov/seniorservices/sites/www2.erie.gov.seniorservices/files/uploads/benefitchecklist.pdf Please feel free to visit that page throughout the year to see the most current figures, and if you have any questions about programs or services for older adults, call us at (716)858-8526.

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 cars 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 doctors 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 65257 • Transport ambulatory patients to and from their cancer treatment. The volunteer driver would have to...
New 2012 Profile of Older Americans Available

Did you know...

  • There are 41.4 million people in the U.S. over the age of 65
    Between 1980 and 2010, the centenarian population experienced a larger percentage increase than did the total population.
  • There were 53,364 persons aged 100 or more in 2010 (0.13% of the total 65+ population). This is a 66% increase from the 1980 figure of 32,194
  • In 2012, older men were much more likely to be married than older women--72% of men, 45% of women (Figure 2). Widows accounted for 37% of all older women in 2012. There were over four times as many widows (8.5 million) as widowers (2.1 million).
  • Divorced and separated (including married/spouse absent) older persons represented only 12% of all older persons in 2012. However, this percentage has increased since 1980, when approximately 5.3% of the older...
Meet 2013 Senior of the Year Clint Salmon


 

 Clint Salmon Recognized for Outreach, Volunteer Contributions to Community
 Announcement Made in Conjunction with May Celebrated Nationally as Older Americans Month

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Photo L-R:  Erie County Commissioner of Senior Services Randy Hoak, Sardinia Supervisor Mary Hannon,
2013 Erie County Senior of the Year Clint Salmon and his wife Jeanne, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz

On May 6, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined by Commissioner of Senior Services Randy Hoak, community members, and...

Elder Abuse Affects One in Ten!!!

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. One study estimated that only 1 of 14 cases of abuse are reported to authorities.

Abusers are both women and men. In almost 90% of elder abuse and neglect incidents, the perpetrator is a family member; Two thirds of perpetrators are adult children or spouses.

What makes an older adult vulnerable to abuse? Social isolation and mental impairment (such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease) are two factors. Recent studies show that nearly half of those with dementia experienced abuse or neglect. Interpersonal violence also occurs at disproportionately higher rates among adults with disabilities.

How can elder abuse be prevented?   Educating seniors, professionals...

Alzheimer's-Proofing Your Home

If you care for someone with dementia, did you know you can request a free, confidential Alzheimer's Proofing Your Home Program (APYHP) in-home assessment by a trained professional that will:

  • Provide a personal walk through of the home to note areas of concern
  • Demonstrate assistive devices available to make caregiving easier
  • Assist caregivers of the memory impaired or those with dementia
  • Enhance the safety of elderly in the home
  • Help the elderly and caregivers link to broader service system
  • Provide a customized report with suggested home modifications

To schedule an in-home assessment, call 858-2177.

NEWS & EVENTS

2013 YEAR IN REVIEW

Senior Services working for you. See the 2013 YEAR IN REVIEW covering the accomplishments serving the mission to help older adults maintain their health and independence.

SAVING SENIORS MONEY AND PROVIDING SUPPORT TO KEEEP THEM HEALTHY

Qualifying seniors can save several hundred dollars a year.

Senior of the year 2014

Do you know someone who exemplifies the characteristics of “positive aging” such as energy, vitality, creativity and compassion? Nominate them for Erie County Senior of the Year!

Living Healthy Workshops for Chronic Disease, Diabetes, Self Management

Living Healthy Workshops for Chronic Disease, Diabetes, Self Management

April 2014 menu

STAY FIT DINING Delicious Nutritious hot noonday meals. What's for lunch today?

SENIOR SERVICES ANNOUNCES HEALTHY LIVING WORKSHOPS

ERIE COUNTY, NY— The Erie County Department of Senior Services has announced that it will hold free Living Healthy Workshops focusing on Diabetes Self-Management (“DSMP”) and Chronic Disease Self-Management (“CDSMP”)

Senior Services to Receive Federal Technical Assistance

Erie County Department of Senior Services, Niagara County Office for the Aging to Create Learning Collaborative, Strengthen Partnerships for Integrated Health Care

During the initiative’s intensive educational phase, which runs from June – October 2013, local networks will participate in a nationwide learning collaborative that will share experiences (including lessons learned), innovative ideas, and best practices for providing integrated care in a variety of community settings.

Other News or Events of Interest

Senior Services ITEMS OF INTEREST.