2015 Age Friendly Erie County Needs Assessment Workshop
Partners in the Age Friendly Erie County initiative organized a workshop to gather feedback on the current needs of the community related to the Domains of Livability and jump start Needs Assessment efforts. Over 125 people attended the workshop representing over 80 organizations across the Domains of Livability. Access summary and notes from the workshop: Needs Assessment Workshop Report
2016-2017 Age Friendly Erie County Community Assessment
From August through December of 2016, Erie County Senior Services launched a comprehensive data collection program. Residents provided feedback through a detailed “long-form” online survey, an abbreviated “short-form” online survey, and a “short-from” paper questionnaire for use during in-person outreach. All three versions of the survey were used to assess the overall “age-friendliness” of the county and issues related to the AFEC domain areas, share information about communication methods and technology, and rate their satisfaction with local information.
In total, Erie County Senior Services collected survey responses from 1,145 individuals. A total of 813 of the participants were included in the final analysis. The support of local leaders, community groups, organizations and service providers, and stakeholders were critical to the success of the needs assessment.
2017 University at Buffalo, Masters in Urban Planning Studio
Nine students in a Master's Level Urban Planning Studio at the University at Buffalo created an Age Friendly Index and synthesized AFEC and Erie County data to create a comprehensive report of analyses and recommendations for possible future directions in the AFEC initiative. Under the mentorship of Professor Bumjoon Kang, students interviewed local organization leaders, age friendly experts, and community members throughout the semester. Access the students' community presentation and final report: UB Masters in Urban Planning Presentation; UB Masters in Urban Planning Report
AARP Livable Communities featured UB Professor Bumjoon Kang's Urban Planning Studio for Age Friendly Erie County! Check out the article A College Course for the Community.
2018 Disrupting Racial & Ethnic Disparities: Buffalo Area Listening Sessions
AARP convened thought leaders, elected officials and leading organizations that serve New York’s ethnic communities to launch a multiyear effort to identify disparities that exist among their ethnic 50- plus communities and develop an action plan to address and disrupt these disparities.
In an effort to empower people to choose how to live as they age and inform an action agenda based on areas of greatest concern for age 50-plus New Yorkers, AARP and its community based partners conducted two listening sessions in the City of Buffalo to gain stakeholder input that will be used to develop an action plan for addressing these disparities over the next 3-5 years.
Access the listening session report: Buffalo Area Listening Sessions Report