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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 icon!/pages/Erie-County-Senior-Services/135727969896577  and let your friends know too!

University Express Spring 2014

FREE University Express Classes continue into Fall 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: 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.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Randy Hoak, Commissioner of Senior Services, visit the West Seneca Senior Center.


 iErie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Commissioner of Senior Services visit the West Seneca Senior

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...
Randy Hoak Erie County Commissioner of Senior Services visits the West Seneca Senior Center..


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.

Ready Set Home


Ms. Horton had just one hope this year- to be home for Christmas.
The Erie County Department of Senior Services Ready Set Home Program helped make this a very Merry Christmas for Ms. Horton!
Looking for information on Long Term Services and Supports? Call us at 858-8526.
Ready, Set, Home staff pictured with Ms. Horton from left, Dan Szewc, Melisa Granville and Karen Adamo.




Register online now -for the 2015 Elder Law Fair


Click link for listing of important information seminars.

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


Qualifying seniors can save several hundred dollars a year.


Mitch Flynn exemplifies the characteristics of "positive aging".

Living Healthy Workshops for Chronic Disease, Diabetes, Self Management

Living Healthy Workshops for Chronic Disease, Diabetes, Self Management


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

3 MENUS - Regular - African American - Hispanic

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.