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Erie County is home to many individuals, groups, non-profits, and public sector agencies that provide services to the older adult population.  The Erie County Department of Senior Services fills a unique role in this system of providers.  We assess the system to determine where our services are performing well, and where we need to do better. We monitor demographic, economic, and political changes and anticipate how they may affect older adults in our community.  Then we take what we learn and advocate on behalf of our older adults to ensure that we keep moving forward in providing the quality services that are needed to help people remain happy, healthy, and independent as they age.

On this page you will find multiple links to research on the older adult population, services that contribute to their well-being and ability to live independently in the community, and much more.  We invite you to explore these links and their contents.

What’s New in Research?

The United Health Foundation recently released America’s Health Rankings Senior Report 2013.  New York State’s overall ranking has fallen 5 spots since last year, from 18th in the nation to 23rd.  While the State is doing well in some areas—it ranks 2nd on Diabetes Management—it is near the bottom in others, including hospital readmissions where it ranks 44th.  

2011 Needs Assessment Findings

2010 Census Information

2012 Profile of Older Americans

Read about Second Act, a collaboration between the Erie County departments of Senior Services and Mental Health, and the United Way of Buffalo and Western New York, that works to improve the quality of services available to older adults in our community.


Below are some clips from May 2013 "Aging is For Everyone" talking about the changing demographics of Erie County: