I found this list on the website of The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. There are many useful websites that can help Seniors in their time of need or when they have specific concerns.

Although not complete this list will certainly help with research on many topics and services to those in the WNY area.

If you know of other useful resources feel free to post in the comment section.

Western New York

  • Erie County Department of Senior Services
    A comprehensive site for services to older persons in Eri e County. Programs focus on planning, advocacy and coordination activities. Helpful links to housing, finance community health, caregiving, and downloadable “60 Plus” newsletter
  • WNY Senior Care
    Created to help families make educated decisions about the care of their loved one, this website includes a senior care assessment tool, choosing the right care, news items and links to other resources.
  • Central Referral Service, Inc. (Western New York 2-1-1)
    http://www.centralreferral.org/ (main site)

    http://www.211wny.org/ (2-1-1 in Western New York)
    Since 1985, Central Referral Inc., a private non-profit corporation, has given individuals free and confidential referrals to Western New York health and human service providers.

New York State

  • New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA)
    A Comprehensive Senior Citizen’s Resource Guide with information on health care, health insurance, nutrition, fitness, housing, energy, legal assistance, taxes, crime, employment, recreation, volunteering, transportation, and veterans information. Also contains links to county area agencies.
  • New York State Nursing Home Profile
    This site is used to find information about nursing homes in New York State and the quality of care they provide. Searchable by region or county.
  • New York State Talking Book & Braille Library (TBBL)
    The TBBL lends Braille and recorded books and magazines, and the necessary equipment, to residents of the 55 upstate counties of New York State who are unable to read printed materials due to a physical disability. TBBL is part of the federal program coordinated by the National Library Service for the Blind and Handicapped (NLS). Site includes eligibility requirements, downloadable application form and searchable catalog.

Other Useful Links

  • Alzheimer’s Association – WNY Chapter
    The leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support, and research. Includes information on Western New York care services to families and professionals on referral, support groups, care, education, and safety. Also provides a link to a 24/7 helpline.
  • AARP
    The largest non-profit, non-partisan membership organization for people age 50 and over in the United States. Provides services such as informing members and the public on issues important to this age group, advocating on legislative, consumer, and legal issues, promoting community service, and offering a wide range of special products and services to members
  • Assisted Living Facilities
    A nation-wide directory of assisted living facilities. Includes help with the referral process and a blog.
  • Eldercare Locator (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
    A public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging, this site provides links to local community services and also provides national links such a the Aging & Disability Resource Center and the National Clearinghouse Long-Term Care Information, and the Administration on Aging.
  • Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service
    A private, not-for-profit agency that operates a special “radio station” for area people who are unable to read printed materials. Daily, radio readers broadcast readings of newspapers, magazines, and books to people who are blind or print-handicapped. These persons are provided with special “reading radios.” This web site includes a description of the service and contact information.
  • Western New York Association of Homes & Services for the Aging (WNYAHSA)
    A regional association of 70 not-for-profit senior care facilities and providers located throughout eight counties of Western New York. This site includes information on member facilities, senior care options and links to options in senior housing and special services.