Latest news from the Council on Elder Abuse

July 21, 2016Read Story Amherst police warn residents of ‘IRS’ scammers

"Amherst police have fielded nearly 50 complaints from residents about an IRS scam, the department posted on its Facebook page."

June 22, 2016Read Story "The New York State Cost of Financial Exploitation Study"

"The New York State Cost of Financial Exploitation Study is one of the most comprehensive studies to quantify both the financial and the non-financial costs of financial exploitation of vulnerable adults. This study includes the largest number of Adult Protective Services (APS) financial exploitation cases to date in any single state. In New York State, APS provides protective services to adults 18 and older who, because of physical or mental impairment, are unable to protect themselves from abuse, neglect, financial exploitation or other harm, and have no one else willing and able to assist responsibly"

June 08, 2016Read Story June Meeting Minutes

We had a wonderful June meeting. Al Dirschberger, the Commissioner of Erie County Social Services, was our speaker. We were also pleased to announce that our Exceptional Service Award Recipient was Kathy Kanaley. 

June 01, 2016Read Story World Elder Abuse Month Press Conference

The Council on Elder Abuse sponsored a press conference on May 31, 2016 to raise awareness for elder abuse in honor of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, 2016. It was a very big success and many thanks go out to members of the Council who made it possible.

May 28, 2016Read Story Man charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing grandfather

"A West Seneca man was charged with attempted murder Saturday after police said he stabbed his grandfather in the back with a kitchen knife."

May 04, 2016Read Story May Meeting Minutes

We had a wonderful presentation by representatives from Adult Protective Services. We also discussed events for the upcoming World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in June.

May 04, 2016Read Story Call for award nominations!

The Council on Elder Abuse is accepting nominations for the annual Exceptional Service Award. 

May 04, 2016Read Story Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

People Inc has scheduled the next certification training for the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) program.  Legal Services for the Elderly is working with them to recruit volunteers who will undergo that training.

April 26, 2016Read Story Erie County offers its first senior dining program for LGBT community

"Cheektowaga resident Judy Goldstein sat with her friends at Preservation Pub, a Main Street restaurant and bar flanked by the Buffalo Medical Campus and the Allentown neighborhood. They chatted over paper-lined, plastic baskets filled with burgers, salads and orange slices.

“I’m really in love with the place,” Goldstein said.

The only thing out of the ordinary was a small brown envelope sitting next to each person’s meal, encouraging a $3 donation. That and the fact that most of the Monday afternoon patrons were gay or lesbian senior citizens and that County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was personally encouraging them all to eat and enjoy."

April 19, 2016Read Story Guys, slip on a pair of heels to help Crisis Services

"Crisis Services is asking men to put on a pair of high-heeled shoes and “walk a mile her shoes” on Sunday to help raise funds for the organization’s advocate program."

April 07, 2016Read Story April Meeting Minutes

We had a lovely April meeting where Sharon Mentkowski from the Buffalo FBI Office educated us on their Internet Crime Complaint Center where anyone can report that they are a victim of fraud on the internet.

April 06, 2016Read Story Crisis Services CEO, Jessica C. Pirro hosts a weekly Voice America Radio Talk Show

Join Crisis Services CEO Jessica C. Pirro Tuesdays at 11am EST for "The Journey--Stories of Crisis and Hope" on the VoiceAmerica Internet Radio Network Health and Wellness Channel. When crisis occurs there is an emotional and physical impact to ones wellbeing. As crisis first responders we have seen firsthand the impact that not dealing with crisis and trauma can have on a person’s sense of self, purpose and belief in happiness and hope. Tune in to hear real life experiences dealing with mental health, rape, domestic violence, suicide. We will talk about the signs and symptoms, as well as how you can help yourself, a friend or loved one in order to save a life and restore a sense of hope. (



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