Weekly Feature



2014-09-10 / Editorial

Autumn outreach from Seniors, Veterans departments

MARK POLONCARZ
Erie County Executive

A s the days of summer dwindle and we become accustomed to cooler weather and crisp nights, the Erie County Department of Senior Services and Veterans Service Agency are busy planning activities and outreach throughout the autumn months. Each of these departments works throughout the year to connect residents with programs and services to educate, empower and assist them every day here in Erie County, so this month I would like to highlight some of the events they are working on this fall.

In September and October, Erie County seniors will have an opportunity to have their voices heard about aging as the Department of Senior Services is hosting public hearings to hear concerns, ideas and opinions on 2015 service and plan programs. Topics to be addressed include programs that promote good health, such as nutrition, fitness and wellness, and chronic disease self-management, and also services that support seniors and caregivers, such as respite care, transportation and case management. There will be a lot to discuss, so what’s important to you? The first hearing happens Friday, Sept. 26, at the downtown library, with the second scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Orchard Park Senior Center. For more information, call 858-7532. Also, Living Healthy classes for seniors are starting this month. These classes are six weeks long and help older adults manage their chronic conditions and stay healthy and at home longer. Call 858-6864 for more information or to register. The department has also announced that Elder Law Day is coming to the Adam’s Mark Hotel on Wednesday, Oct. 23; this is a day of seminars on numerous legal issues that older adults face, with free consultations. Call 858-7532 for information.

Our Veterans Service Agency is also working on a month of outreach and activities in September, starting with participating in a Veterans Town Hall Meeting at the VA WNY Health Care System on Sept. 5. Planning is under way for Patriot’s Day events on Sept. 11, and the agency will also be a part of the WNY Iraq & Afghanistan Memorial dedication ceremony at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park on Saturday, Sept. 13. Preparations are also being made for the annual Veterans Day Parade, a great event that is not too far off. The Veterans Service Agency provides a vital link for local vets to learn more about services and programs available to them and also connect to services from other veterans’ organizations. A tireless advocate, you’ll find the agency at the Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court on Tuesday, Sept. 16, and Tuesday, Sept. 23, and taking part in the Commander’s Day Reception at the VA WNY Health Care System on Friday, Sept. 26, as well. Interested in finding out more about what the Veterans Department does? Visit it at the George F. Lamm Post 622 American Legion Open House on Saturday, Sept. 13.

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