Founding Partners

Erie County Department Of Senior Services

The Erie County Department of Senior Services was created in 1971 and subsequently designated an Area Agency on Aging under Title III of the Older Americans Act. The primary responsibilities which the Department has under the Older Americans Act and New York State Community Services for the Elderly Programs focus on planning, advocacy, and coordination activities.

The IDeA Center

The IDeA Center is dedicated to making environments and products more usable, safer and healthier in response to the needs of an increasingly diverse population. The IDeA Center’s activities are based on the philosophy of Inclusive Design, often called “Universal Design” or “Design for All.” It is a way of thinking that can be applied in any design activity, business practice, program or service involving interaction of people with the physical, social or virtual worlds.


Additional Support

People Inc.

People Inc. is Western New York's leading non-profit human services agency. Through a variety of services including residential, employment, community outreach, health care and recreation programs, we help seniors, families and people with disabilities live more healthy, independent and productive lives.

Community Connections New York, Inc. 

CCNY is a nonprofit management services organization that partners with community based organizations, behavioral health agencies, and government agencies to provide training, evaluation, quality improvement, and innovative tools to improve the lives of people in the communities our clients serve.


Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo & WNY

The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo & WNY was incorporated in 1989 as a public benefit organization.  The Institute's Mission is to create a healthy community.  The mission is addressed by advocating for and facilitating strategy fostering a regional culture that invests in, encourages and sustains individual, family, organizational and community capacity to practice positive civic, environmental, economic and health enhancing behaviors.  


Funding Support

Health Foundation for Western & Central New York

Age Friendly Erie County was awarded a grant from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York (WCNY) to hold six community conversations with underserved populations of older adults in Erie County in order to gather more representative information about the needs our our diverse community of older adults in Erie County.  

Founded in 2002 as the Community Health Foundation for WCNY, they awarded more than 400 grants totaling more than $30 million to fund programs in 16 counties in western and central New York. By focusing on interventions around the triggers of decline, Health Foundation for WCNY's goal is to improve the quality of care for older adults and prevent the onset of frailty.