Modified: September 10, 2021 9:56am

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The Erie County Department of Senior Services’ Health and Wellness program has announced that the Fall 2021 University Express semester will offer traditional in-person classes and virtual classes. These are free, one-hour classes on approximately 80 topics in-person and 30 different topics virtually. The classes cover current events, law and finances, science and medicine, humanities, wellness, and history. The fall semester will run from October 1st through December 10th.


“University Express is an exciting platform that provides opportunities for learning and socializing for our older adults. We are excited to safely get back in the classroom and still utilize technology to offer virtual classes,” said Erie County Commissioner of Senior Services David Shenk. “We know that staying active and informed helps to combat social isolation and we make that a priority.”


Classes are free, but pre-registration for in-person classes is required by calling the location where the class will be held. Participating locations include the Akron Senior Center, Amherst Senior Center, Central Library, Cheektowaga Senior Center, Clarence Senior Center, Concord Senior Center, City of Tonawanda Public Library, Elma Public Library, Grand Island Golden Age Center, Hamburg Senior Community Center, Lancaster Senior Center, Orchard Park Senior Center, Schiller Park Senior Center, Tosh Collins Senior Center, Town of Aurora Senior Center, Town of Tonawanda Senior Center, West Seneca Senior Center, and West Side Community Services.


Participants can register for virtual classes online and will be able to log on or call in from home. The class catalog, registration information, and participating locations are listed on the University Express website. The Department of Senior Services is also available by telephone at 716-858-7605 to answer questions and provide information for those without internet access.


Residents can call the Senior Services/NY Connects office for a paper copy of the catalog at 716-858-8526.  The catalog will also be available at various locations around Erie County including participating University Express locations, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library branches, and open Erie County Stay Fit dining sites.


The University Express program is a collaboration of the Erie County Department of Senior Services, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York, Excelsior Orthopaedics, and Wegmans.


The mission of the Erie County Department of Senior Services 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.



For more information:


 On the Erie County Senior Services Department and programs, click here or call 716-858-8526.



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