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

Due to Coronavirus concerns, Gary M. Billingsley Attorney for the Elderly in Niagara County, will be conducting TELEPHONE consultations with Senior Citizens to the greatest extent possible during the month of April, 2020.  Gary can be reached at any of the following telephone numbers:

  • 716-434-5783
  • 716-622-8892
  • 716-438-4020

A message can be left for Mr. Billingsley at any of these numbers, and he will return any call received as soon as he is able.  Thank you.


Due to COVID 19 and the Governor's directive to extend social distancing through April 30th, we are extending the no unnecessary OFA medical transportation through April 30th.  Critical appointments only include chemo, dialysis, wound care, and pain management.


The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) announced on April 1 that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an economic impact payment.  The IRS will use the information on the Form SSA-1099 to generate $1,200 economic impact payments to Social Security beneficiaries who did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019. 

Treasury, not Social Security, will make automatic payments to Social Security beneficiaries.  Beneficiaries will receive these payments by direct deposit or by paper check, just as they would normally receive their Social Security benefits.

For updates from the IRS, visit


In an effort to fulfill the growing needs of older adults in our community, the Niagara County Office for the Aging has partnered with FeedMore WNY to provide meals to participants in the Eat Well...Stay Well Home Delivered Meals Program.

This is how we will work together to serve our clients:

  • The staff at the Niagara County Office for the Aging will still be conducting assessments and managing your files and records.
  • FeedMore WNY will be preparing and delivering the meals along with the assistance of their dedicated volunteers.

If you are a participant and need to cancel a meal or have questions regarding the service, please contact FeedMore WNY directly at 716-822-2002.  Their expert staff is ready to assist you with whatever you need!

One more thing......because of the great service you will receive from FeedMore WNY, voluntary contributions to support the Home Delivered Meals Program can be sent directly to them at:

            FeedMore WNY, 100 James E. Casey Dr., Buffalo, NY  14206   


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


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


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


The Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport - all are welcome. 

Are you helping to care for a loved one?  You're not alone!  Whether you help to care for a spouse, partner, sibling, parent or child, you are invited to attend our Caregiver Support Group on the fourth Monday of the month starting February 25 and March 25 at 1:00 pm.  For more information call Sherry Livergood at ext. 109.

The Dale Association's SMILE program:


Meaningful Stimulation




Wednesdays beginning January 9th from 9:00am - 12:00pm, $15.00 per day for members, $30.00 per day for non-members.  Click on the following link for more information:

SMILE program



Lunch, Monday-Friday 11:30 am exception: closed all Federal holidays ($3.25 recommended donation)  RSVP to 433-1886

Cribbage, Tuesdays from 9:15 - 11:30am - $5.00

Open Cards, Tuesdays at 1:00 pm - Free

Bridge, Tuesdays at 1:00 pm - $1.00

Card Tournaments - Pinochle begins 12/5 for 6 weeks - $18.00

Dominoes, Thursdays at 9:30 am - Free

Senior Bingo, Thursdays at 1:00 pm - $1.75

Scrabble, Fridays at 10:00 am - Free

Friendly Duplicate Bridge (no points), Fridays at 1:00 pm - Free

Duplicate Bridge, Tuesdays at 7:00 pm and Saturdays at 1:00 pm - $6.00

Chair Exercise Class
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 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.

Energy Services Information

  • Consumer tips for selecting your energy provider and services.