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The Niagara County Office for the Aging is now on Facebook!  Like us and follow us on Facebook.

Mark your calendars and join us on Thursday, October 11th from 9:30 - 11:30am at The Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport for our Annual Public Hearing and Forum.  The event is FREE and refreshments will be served - stay for a healthy lunch offered by the Eat Well...Stay Well Dining Program at 11:30am.  For more information click on the link below or call NY Connects at 716-438-3030.

Niagara County Office for the Aging Annual Public Hearing and Forum


Be prepared for the Medicare Annual Enrollment period October 15 - December 7, 2018! Join us for a Medicare and Health Insurance Community Meeting - Understanding Medicare Plan Choices for 2019.  Get updates and learn about the changes to the Medicare, the Medicare Health Plans, Medicare Part D, NYS EPIC, and the "Extra Help" Low Income Subsidy Program.  Click on the link below for dates, times and locations.  For more information, call NY Connects at 716-438-3030.

Understanding Medicare Plan Choices for 2019


Volunteers need for Senior Companion program of Niagara County!  Senior Companion volunteers, aged 55 and older provide assistance and friendship to seniors who have difficulty with daily living tasks, such as shopping or feeling lonely.  The program aims to keep seniors independent longer, and provide help and respite to caregivers.

Senior Companions serve 15 to 40 hours per week helping two to four adult clients live independently in the client's home.  Volunteers receive traing before and during their assignments and receive supplemental insurance while on duty.  Senior Companions also earn a tax-free hourly stipend plus travel expenses.

When you volunteer, you are not just helping others - you are helping yourself!  Volunteering leads to new discoveries and new friends.  Studies show volunteering helps you live longer and promotes a positive outlook on life.  So what are you waiting for?  Call Senior Companion Program Director Nora Aloian today at 716-285-8224, ext. 217 or email her at  More information can also be found at


Learn about Medicare - Medicare 101 Workshop

Are you new to Medicare?  Are you receiving Medicare benefits now but are overwhelmed and/or confused by all the information and options?  If so, come to a free Medicare 101 session for some helpful, unbiased information including:

  • The basics of original Medicare, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D, Supplemental Insurance
  • Medicare costs, co-pays and deductibles, and what assistance is available for low-income beneficiaries
  • Medicare Preventive Benefits, and NYS EPIC

Registration is required.  Seating is limited.  Call 438-3030 to register. Workshops held at the following location:

Niagara County Office for the Aging, 111 Main St., Suite 101, Lockport

  • October 9, 2018 at 2:00pm


Are you a caregiver for someone with dementia or memory loss?  Please join us the last Thursday of every month from 1:00-2:00pm  (9/27, 10/25, 11/29 and 12/27) at Empower, 9812 Lockport Rd. Niagara Falls, NY  14304.  To sign up please contact Maggie Hempel at 716-438-4036.  Click on the link below for more information:

Caregiver Support Group

Empower for Elders is a social model adult day program for older adults who live in the community.  Click on the link below for more information:

Empower for Elders Adult Day Program


Niagara County Department of Health, Public Health Nursing and Niagara County NY Connects is offering FREE Community Workshops for 2018.  Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs, Diabetes Self-Management Programs and Diabetes Prevention Programs and new for 2018 the Diabetes Self-Management Program includes a FREE consultation with a Registered Dietitian prior to the first workshop for eligible Medicare recipients.  For more information or to register for a workshop click on the following link or call NY Connects at (716) 438-3030.

Free Community Workshops 2018



The Alzheimer's Association offers support groups at many locations throughout WNY for caregivers of people with dementia or Alzheimer's, click on the following link for more information:

WNY Dementia Caregiver Support Groups 


Health Insurance Information and Assistance Program (HIICAP) News - What you need to know about traveling with Medicare.  Click on the link below for the summer edition:

HIICAP Summer 2018 News


Health Insurance Information and Assistance Program (HIICAP) News - The Extra-Help/LIS (Low Income Subsidy) Program helps cover the monthly premium of you Rx plan, and lowers your Rx deductible and copays and you may be eligible!  Call the HIICAP and we will help you apply for the EXTRA HELP PROGRAM, for more information click on the following link or call (716) 438-4023 for an appointment:

HIICAP News 2018  


The Niagara County Department of Health Nursing Division, in collaboration with the Niagara County Office for the Aging, is offering free workshops throughout Niagara County for individuals with any ongoing health conditions.  Please see the flyer below for more information on the workshops or call NY Connects at 716-438-3030.

Self-Management Programs 2018




Caregiver Support Group
3rd Thursday of each month at 1:00 pm

Chair Exercise Class
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 am
$2/members, $3/non-members

Mondays 10:00-11:30 am
$5/members, $8/non-members



The American Red Cross is offering FREE smoke alarms as part of their ongoing Home Fire Campaign.  For more information please click the link below:


HIICAP Program Newsletter - Please click on the link below for the 2017/2018 Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program newsletter.

HIICAP News Winter 2018


The Office for the Aging is in the news!  Click on the link below to read the article from the Lockport Journal regarding the Office's role during World Elder Abuse Awareness Day during the month of June.

Office for the Aging raises awareness of elder abuse






Catholic Charities, Partners Embark on Collaborative Caregiver
Initiative Designed to Expand Safety Net in Seven Counties


Buffalo, N.Y., Jan. 4, 2015 – Catholic Charities of Buffalo and its eight partners are mobilizing for an early 2016 start for the comprehensive Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative, the result of a $7.5 million award announced recently by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

Through the five-year grant, a focused, collaborative service network is being developed to support and impact Caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia across seven counties in Western New York.  The goal is to expand the safety net for Caregivers by recognizing and addressing the need for supports and stress reduction strategies.

Click the link below to read more about this exciting initiative for Niagara County Office for the Aging.

NIAGARA - Alzheimers Caregiver Support Initiative_NewsRelease 1-2016_1.pdf


Senior Wellness at the Lockport Family YMCA YMCA.pdf


Grandparents Support Group


Are you helping to care for grandchildren?  If so, you're not alone.  A Grandparent Advocacy Support Program will be holding a support group at the Dale Association in Lockport, and you're invited!  Please click on the link above to learn more.




Duke Center Calendar


See what is going on at the Niagara Falls John Duke Center. 


Kidney Disease Support Group


New Living with Kidney Disease Support Group, 2nd Thursday of the month, 6:00 PM at the Niagara Falls morial Medical Center.


EPIC Income Levels Expanded to Provide Coverage for More NYS Seniors


Read the article to see the expanded income brackets can help you.




See what events, classes and activities are happening at the Lewiston Senior Center.


Winter Safety Tips for Older People 

  • With the cold weather we are now having here are some tips to remaining safe and healthy.

 Stay Well On Your Feet 

  •  A Health promotion and fall prevention program.  Call for more details 716-690-2271.


Club 99 - Resistance Exercise Program Locations



  • Club 99 - Resistance Exercise Program Locations



Energy Services Information

  • Consumer tips for selecting your energy provider and services.