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Overview of library resources and services of interest to older adults


Consumer Reports provides buying advice, product ratings, product reviews, recommendations, money-saving advice and tips, and videos.  Categories of products include appliances, automobiles, babies and kids, electronics, health information, home & garden, and money/ personal finance.

This is a comprehensive medical site from the National Library of Medicine. Besides information on diseases and medications, the site provides links to directories of hospitals, physicians and organizations, and to other medical sites from the federal government.  

National Institute on Aging
A to Z Health topics, caregiving, cognitive health, doctor-patient communication, clinical trials, publications in an easy to use format.

These links are not a substitute for medical advice. Please consult your personal healthcare provider.



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. There are sections for Work & Jobs, Health, EntertainmentTravel, Online Games, and much more.

Assisted Living.org
Written by a group of medical professionals, AboutAssistedLiving.org is meant to serve as a resource for anyone looking for information on placing themselves or a loved-one into an assisted living or elder care facility.

Consumer Health Resources for Seniors
Presented by the University at Buffalo Health Sciences Library, an excellent starting point for health-related issues for seniors.

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.

Go4Life is an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH, is designed to help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life.

Medicare- library subject guide
Find a select list of links to informtion that will help you understand, choose and manage Medicare insurance plans.

Retirement Planner
Plan for retirement through the Office of Social Security Website and learn about Retirement Benefits.

Smart Seniors: Resources for Older Adults- NYS Attorney General's Office
It is our mission to make sure all New Yorkers have the information they need to safeguard themselves and their assets, the tools to take control and plan for their well-being and the directions for where to go for help or to report a crime.

Community and Local Links

Erie County & WNY

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.

Caregiver & Support Groups
*Times and locations change frequently; please call before attending any group.

Erie County Department of Senior Services
A comprehensive site for services to older persons in Erie County. Programs focus on planning, advocacy and coordination activities. Helpful links to housing, finance community health, caregiving, a downloadable "60 Plus" newsletter, and a Guide to Services for Older People.

Home Safety Self-Assessment Tool University at Buffalo Department of Rehabilitation Science
Falls are the leading cause of injury, disability, nursing home placement and death in adults over the age of 65 years. Self-assessment tool plus instructional videos on how to install grab bars and perform other home safety modifications

Horizon Health Services
Not-for-profit corporation that provides an array of comprehensive services to assist individuals with mental health and/or substance abuse issues.

Hospice Buffalo
Hospice serves persons of any age with any life-limiting illness. Admission to hospice is based on a physician's clinical judgment that hospice care would be appropriate for a patient, given the expected course of an illness. 

Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of WNY
Free civil legal services, primarily to individuals age sixty and over as defined by the federal Older Americans Act, but also to younger disabled and low-income individuals. Please see the Disclaimer regarding services.

Lifelong Learning  Library Subject Guide
Find links to local and online programs that provide intellectual stimulation and social connections. Audit college courses, learn a new language, expand your world.

A Matter of Balance
Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities.  A MATTER OF BALANCE is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. Sponsored by the Erie County Senior Services Department, these classes are free. For more information call (716)858-8526.

Meals on Wheels
Provides free home-delivered meals in Western New York for those who are eligible.

Neighborhood Legal Services
A not-for-profit agency with three offices throughout Western New York providing free legal services to persons with low-income and persons with disabilities.

NFTA-Metro Paratransit Service
Transportation option for those who cannot use a fixed-route service for those who qualify, following an application and review process.

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.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Erie County (RSVP)
For all residents of Erie County age 55 or older. Help others by sharing your experience, abilities and skills. Join the team of senior volunteers making a difference in Erie County.

Senior Centers
Addresses and telephone numbers of senior centers in Buffalo & Western New York.

Stay Fit Dining Erie County
serving hot, nutritious, delicious noonday meals, Monday through Friday. You or your spouse must be 60 years of age or older and the suggested confidential contribution is $3.00, but no one will ever be denied a meal if they are unable to contribute. Advance reservations are required so please call the site nearest you.

Supportive Services Corporation
Private non-profit organization that assists job seekers 55 years of age and over, as well as, employers seeking qualified job candidates throughout all of Erie County. Services include resume preparation, developing interview skills, training opportunities, and job placement assistance.

Western New York 2-1-1
Free and confidential referrals to Western New York health and human service providers.

New York State

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 with side-by-side comparison feature

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 (Office For Aging) Older New Yorker's Guide to Resources   
A 40 page booklet providing overview and contact information for programs ranging from health insurance and finance to nutrition, wellness and housing. Booklet is in pdf format for easy download and printing.

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.


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