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Erie County is home to many individuals, groups, non-profits, and public sector agencies that provide services to the older adult population. The Erie County Department of Senior Services fills a unique role in this system of providers as the Area Agency on Aging (AAA). As the AAA, Senior Services serves as a leader in the county to assist adults 60 years of age or older through a menu of services that includes case management, in-home care, transportation, nutrition education and wellness, congregate, frozen and home delivered meals, social adult day and caregiver services.

The Program Development & Evaluation (PD&E) unit of the department collects client data and feedback to assess the system to determine where our services are performing well, and where we need to do better.  Program Development & Evaluation monitors demographic, economic, and political changes and anticipate how they may affect older adults in our community. Through public hearings, client satisfaction surveys and data tracking, PD&E takes what we learn and advocate on behalf of our older adults to ensure that we keep moving forward in providing the quality services that are needed to help people remain happy, healthy, and independent as they age.  Information from our clients and residents allows PD&E to analyze trends in the aging population and use it apply for grants, create programming, and address new issues that may arise. By working together, we are able to collaborate with residents and providers in order to take a more human centered approach to the needs of aging adults.

On this page you will find multiple links to research on the older adult population, services that contribute to their well-being and ability to live independently in the community, and much more. We invite you to explore these links and their contents.

What’s New in Research?

The United Health Foundation recently released America’s Health Rankings Senior Report 2015.

2010 Census Information

2011 Needs Assessment Findings

2014 Profile of Older Americans