The Erie County Department of Senior Services will host its annual town hall on aging from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday in the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway.
Several state legislators will be on hand to hear from older adults, caregivers and professionals who work in the field of aging.
Those interested in speaking at the Town Hall are encouraged to register in advance by calling 858-7532.
With people living longer than ever before, the county and state face both challenges and opportunities.
"Studies have shown that as of 2015, 20 percent of New York State residents are 60 years of age or older,” said Randy Hoak, commissioner of the Erie County Senior Services Department. “With such a large population in this aging demographic, our role as the Senior Services Department is to ensure Erie County residents' needs are being met, and if they aren’t, we want to hear about it so we can work towards finding the necessary solutions.”
The Association on Aging in New York, LiveOn New York and Lifespan, all nonprofits dedicated to supporting the work of the aging services network, have developed a $177 million comprehensive multi-year plan to help modernize New York’s aging services network. The plan seeks to ensure an increasing number of older New Yorkers receive the services they need to remain independent.
The mission of the Department of Senior Services of Erie County is to promote the well-being of all older adults through coordinated and cost-effective services which enhance their independence, dignity, and quality of life. Such programs focus on planning, advocacy, and coordination activities.
For more information, visit www2.erie.gov/seniorservices.