Latest news from the Council on Elder Abuse

February 01, 2017Read Story Financial Exploitation Consultation Opportunity

Financial Exploitation Consultation is a new statewide resource for professionals which provides information and consultation on cases of financial exploitation and access to a Forensic Accountant.


January 05, 2017Read Story January Meeting Minutes

We had a very informational meeting this month where we learned about the updates at the Family Justice Center from Tiffany Szymanek, their Development Director.

December 09, 2016Read Story December Meeting Minutes

We had a lovely holiday meeting with good food and an excellent presentation by Greg White, the Director of the Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Program for Men.

September 28, 2016Read Story Age Friendly Erie County

Erie County Senior Services is conducting a community needs assessment to identify issues influencing the health and quality of life of odler adults and residents of all ages. 

September 15, 2016Read Story September Meeting Minutes

With dementia and capacity issues coming up so frequently we had representatives, Rachel Rotach, Ann Doetterel  and Sarah Harlock from the Alzheimers Association speak  about new initiatives they are working on.

Molly Ranahan, ECDSS Research Analyst will spoke about the AARP  Age Friendly Initiative.

APS workers Carmela and Donna spoke about the Family Home Program.

August 10, 2016Read Story Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is looking for volunteers

The local Long Term Care Ombudsman program will be conducting its next certification training for volunteers, starting the second half of October.  We have some ambitious goals for improving conditions in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, but we need more volunteers and especially individuals who could be effective advocates. 

If you know of anyone who is willing to make this commitment, have them contact Lisa Newman, the Region 15 program director, or 817-9009.

The certification classes will be held Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 3pm-7pm. 
October 18th and 19th
October 25th and 26th
November 1st and 2nd

August 04, 2016Read Story Service Providers wanted for a focus group

The Center for Human Services Research at SUNY Albany, Empire Justice Center, NYS Office of Victims Services, and Pro Bono Net are hosting focus groups – one with crime victims & one with service providers – to better understand the current needs of crime victims in our State. The information from the focus groups will help inform how an on-line resource could assist crime victims get the civil legal services they need.


August 03, 2016Read Story August Meeting Minutes

We had a packed agenda for our August meeting thanks to speakers Adina Garfinkel and Nadia Pizarro.

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.

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