Latest news from the Council on Elder Abuse

November 01, 2018Read Story No November Meeting

We will not be meeting in November. We hope everyone has a wonderful Thanskgiving. See you all at our next meeting on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at 9 am. 

June 19, 2018Read Story Taking the summer off!

The Council on Elder Abuse will not be meeting in July or August. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 100 James E. Casey Drive, Buffalo. 

May 10, 2018Read Story Caring Cards Challenge 2018

Did you know that more than 11 million older adults live alone? They may be facing isolation due to a lack of support, location or chronic health issues. Our goal is to reach out to those who may not have a chance to get out of their homes and show them that young people care about them.

The Council on Elder Abuse hopes to distribute at least 3,000 cards and letters on June 15 to recipients of Meals on Wheels, survivors of elder abuse and other older adults who could use a note to brighten their day.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Katie Earl at for more information. 


Thank you in advance! 

April 16, 2018Read Story Call for Award Nominations


The Council on Elder Abuse is accepting nominations for the annual Exceptional Service Award.
This award is given to an individual, group, or agency who has made significant contributions in the area of elder abuse and outstanding effort to promote the safety of seniors in Erie County.
All nominees must be professionals either currently employed or who have made an impact in Erie County. Nominees may also be volunteers or survivors who have experienced violence and have made a difference in their pursuit of justice.
Nominations should include a paragraph (300 word max.) describing why the nominee deserves the award and what contributions the individual has made towards keeping seniors safe. Please include the name and contact information of the nominator and nominee.
All nominations must be received by Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Send nominations to Kathy Kanaley:
                    Fax:       856-5317
                    Mail:     Center for Elder Law & Justice
                                 438 Main Street, Suite 1200
                                 Buffalo, NY 14202

The award will be presented at our Council on Elder Abuse Meeting on June 5, 2018

March 08, 2018Read Story March Meeting Minutes

We had a great meeting on scams and internet safety thanks to our speaker Peter Herbsman, an FBI Computer Scientist. 

February 08, 2018Read Story February Meeting Minutes

We had a very informational meeting thanks to our speaker Helen Ferarro-Zaffram, Esq, Supervising Attorney at the Center for Elder Law & Justice. 

January 05, 2018Read Story January Meeting Minutes

We had a wonderful January meeting thanks to Melissa Woods, Paralegal at Center for Elder Law & Justice. Melissa taught us about the Risk Detector App. 

December 06, 2017Read Story December Meeting Minutes

We had a very informational December meeting thanks to Cheryll Moore from the Erie County Health Department. 

November 13, 2017Read Story November Meeting Minutes

We had a very informational meeting thanks to a presentation by Shelley Carosella from the US Postal Inspector's Office. 

September 12, 2017Read Story Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition

"If you’re dealing with a mental health challenge, you are not alone. Approximately 1 in 5 Western New Yorkers are living with a mental health diagnosis, yet many of these people suffer in silence because of the discrimination that goes along with it. So, we’re starting a conversation to end the stigma surrounding mental illness. Join us as we share our stories, our struggles and our successes. When we talk about mental health, we help everyone find their voice."



September 11, 2017Read Story Suicide Prevention Week

The week of September 10-16th is Suicide Prevention Week. There are many events going on in the community to raise awareness and gvie resources. 



September 08, 2017Read Story September Meeting Minutes

We started off September with a very informational meeting about the Cime Victims Assistance Program through the Matt Urban Center.

If you Suspect Abuse, TAKE ACTION!

More than 1,500 cases of elder abuse are reported each year in Erie County. Many more cases are never reported.

If you suspect abuse and would like legal assistance, please contact:

Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled, or Disadvantaged of WNY: 716-853-3087

For immediate assistance 24 hours a day, call Crisis Services Hotline at: 716-834-3131

If you suspect someone is being abused, call Erie County Protective Services for Adults: 716-858-6877

For general information on programs or referrals call: 716-858-8526

In an emergency, call 911