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May is Older Americans Month

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Wed, May 4th 2016 05:40 pm

Social adult day programs offer free services, health fairs, workshops

As part of the celebration of Older Americans Month in May, the Erie County Department of Senior Services will join adult day programs around Erie County in offering services and workshops for older adults along with resources for caregivers.

In Erie County, more than 21 percent of the population is 60 years or older, while over 8 percent of the population is 75 years or older.

"This month will provide extra opportunities for individuals caring for older loved ones to learn more about the resources available to them and network with other caregivers," Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said. "Day services provide a chance to socialize, learn, grow and rest, and I encourage caregivers to find out more."

Commissioner of Senior Services Randy Hoak said, "All older adults and their caregivers need to know that they are not alone and that many programs are available to assist their needs. Caring and committed partners across the county work together for the benefit of our seniors and their caregivers, and there are many options to explore when it comes to services and supports."

For a calendar of ECDSS programs throughout May, click here.

Catholic Charities' "A Gathering Place," 128 Wilson St., Buffalo, will provide free respite care for older adults and resources for caregivers from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 14. The day will include a free lunch. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 716-896-6388, ext. 212.

Aurora Adult Day Services is celebrating its 25th year of service to 21 communities in southern Erie County. Come to an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 7, at 101 King St., Suite B, East Aurora. Call (716)-652-4269 for more information.

•In honor of Older Americans Month, the Hamburg Senior Community Center, located at 4540 Southwestern Blvd., in the Town of Hamburg, will host an open house from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 14. Food trucks and refreshments will be available on-site for purchase. For more information, call 716-646-0255.

Lord of Life Adult Day Health Center, 1025 Borden Road, Depew, will host an open house and tours from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 14. Refreshments will be served. Contact Nancy at 716-668-8000 for more information.

Seniors Unlimited Adult Day Care located at 2635 Delaware Ave., Suite A, Buffalo, will celebrate Older Americans Month from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 14. The program will provide free lunch and free respite to families while resources will be made available to the caregivers. Receive a coupon for a free trial day at Seniors Unlimited Adult Day Care. Reservations can be made by calling 716-768-2371.

Weinberg's Garden Club Memory Impaired Adult Day, 2710 N. Forest Road, Getzville, will host an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 14. RSVP by calling 716-639-3311, ext. 2221.

Contact Erie County NYConnects at 716-858-8526 to learn about more options related to long-term services and supports. For more information on the Erie County Department of Senior Services, visit http://www2.erie.gov/seniorservices/.

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