May is National Older Americans Month and Mayor Brown is calling on residents to step up and be there for our elderly neighbors.
“This emergency has impacted our daily lives, especially the lives of older residents, who do not have the ability to get out as often as they used to due to the potential risk of contracting the Coronavirus. As part of National Older Americans Month, I am challenging residents to check on an older resident every day this month. Even a simple phone call can make a big difference in the quality of life of our seniors. Please be a good neighbor and check in on an older neighbor today.” - Mayor Brown

Matilda's Law

Governor Cuomo announced "Matilda’s Law" – a guideline – to protect New Yorkers age 70+ and those with compromised immune systems.

Under the law, vulnerable New Yorkers are advised to:
  • Do not go to the homes of your relatives or homes with multiple people in them. Limit visits in your own home to immediate family members or close friends for emergency purposes only.  Any visitors to your home should be screened for fever before being allowed to enter.
  • Everyone in the home of a senior or vulnerable person (including the vulnerable person themselves) should wear a mask for the duration of the visit.
  • Engage only in solitary outdoor exercise activities (taking a walk, etc.)
  • Stay home unless necessary to obtain supplies, medical care, or emergency services.
To learn more about Matilda's Law, please see the Center for Elder Law & Justice's guidance here.

Food Resources

Visit the Food Resources page for information on food pantries, meal delivery services, grocery delivery, and takeout options. 

CDC - COVID-19 Guidance for Older Adults

For federal guidance for older adults at higher risk and long-term care facilities, how to develop a care plan, and information on how people with disabilities can protect themselves from COVID-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site by clicking here.

AARP Coronavirus News & Updates

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has compiled a number of resources for older Americans to stay informed during the coronavirus. Visit the AARP COVID-19 update page by clicking here.

City of Buffalo Senior Services

Visit the City of Buffalo Division of Senior Services page by clicking here.

Center for Elder Law & Justice COVID-19: What New Yorkers Need to Know
This Frequently Asked Questions page contains frequently updated information about changes in laws, emergency declarations, and other government actions that affect our lives in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here for more information.

Social Security & Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
For any information related to Social Security, to stay updated on any potential new scams, and to get answers to questions about economic impact payments,  please visit the Social Security Administration's COVID-19 webpage by clicking here.

New York State Office of Mental Health - Geriatric Mental Health Resources
The Office of Mental Health is expanding access to effective mental health care and treatment for older adults, with a focus on a person-centered, culturally appropriate approach. Click here for more information.

Apps For Seniors (Tech-Saavy Or Not)

Click here for a guide to learn about apps and technologies that are suited for older adults, helping them connect with loved ones and healthcare professionals as well as receive essential goods and services.

Erie County Senior Services

Visit the Erie County Department of Senior Services page by clicking here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Tips for Dementia Caregivers
Most likely, dementia does not increase risk for COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus, just like dementia does not increase risk for flu. However, dementia-related behaviors, increased age and common health conditions that often accompany dementia may increase risk. View tips for dementia caregivers here.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Tips for Dementia Caregivers