Known as the "Keeper of the Western Door"

AOA

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The Seneca Nation Area Office for the Aging (SNI AOA) was established to ensure that Seneca Elders have the opportunity to age with dignity, manage their own lives and remain independent and productive members of the Seneca community and within their families.

Services provided include, expanded in home service for the elderly program, nutrition, exercise, senior support services/ caregiver respite, minor home repair, daily trips, medical transport, legal services, recreation/crafts, information assistance and more.

Elder Centers

The SNI AOA operates two Elder Centers that are open to Elders age 60 and up:

Wini Kettle Senior Center – Cattaraugus Territory
28 Thomas Indian School Dr.
Irving, NY 14081

Phone: 716-532-5777
Hours: Mon-Fri: 8am-6pm; Sat: 10am-3pm

Seneca Allegany Elder Center - Allegany Territory
3644 Administration Drive
Salamanca, NY 14779

Phone: 716-945-8414
Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:30am-7pm; Sat & Sun: 10am-3pm

Any Elders age 60 & up are welcome to visit the Centers and participate in programs and activities, or to inquire about services.  Please call to find out if there is a cost or registration required.  For congregate meals at our Elder Centers, reservations are required by the day prior. 

When visiting our Centers or utilizing services, please sign in and fill out a National Aging Program Information System (NAPIS) form. This form is renewed annually, be sure to check with the Elder Center staff to ensure your forms are up to date. Please note that we are strictly adhering to COVID safety protocols, including mask wearing for all, temperature checks upon arrival, social distancing, and capacity limitations for dining, transportation, and activities.

Need help? Call NY Connects to speak with specially trained operators.

Are you looking for a community service or program to help an aging or disabled person and don't know where to go? Call our local NY Connects Helpline at (716) 945-8991 for assistance from specially trained operators who can guide you through the available resources in our community or search the state website at NY Connects.

Services Offered

Report Elder Abuse

Elders are an important part of our community.  They are our first teachers.  Their knowledge, language and experiences are passed down from generation to generation through stories or by example.  They share their pain, triumphs, and vision for the future.  As community members, we must respect, honor and protect our elders from abuse and mistreatment.

 

Elder abuse is any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to an elder. Sadly, the neglect and mistreatment of elders happens most by family members.  Most cases of elder abuse are undetected, under-reported, and unresolved.

 

If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, neglect, or exploitation -please reach out for help:

 

  • In cases of immediate danger call 911.
  • To report abuse or neglect at home: Call New York State Adult Protective Services, 1-844-697-3505
  • To report nursing home abuse or neglect: Call NY State Long-term Care Ombudsman Program, 1-855-582-6769
  • Seneca Nation Crime Victim Services, Sharon Francis (716)532-4900 ext. 5060
  • 24/7 Victim Services Hotline (716) 532-8185

 

SNI Elder Abuse PSA Video:

View the extended version here.

Legal Assistance

In-person legal assistance is available to Elders age 60 and up that live on-territory.  This free service is available by appointment every month at both the Cattaraugus and Allegany AOA Elder Centers.

Free Legal Assistance

Free legal assistance for any on-territory Elders age 60 and up is available on the fourth Thursday of every month with lawyer Alex Fehrman from the Center for Elder Law & Justice. Morning appointments are available at Allegany AOA and afternoon appointments are available at Cattaraugus AOA.

The SNI AOA has contracted with the Center for Elder Law and Justice (CELJ) to provide free legal assistance to Elders, age 60 and older, residing on Seneca Nation territories or within the city of Salamanca.  This service is not dependent on Seneca Nation enrollment.  CELJ provides Health Care Advocacy, Elder Abuse Prevention, Income Maintenance, Kinship Care, Guardianship Services, Consumer Protection, Foreclosure Prevention, and Health Care Proxy & Power of Attorney Assistance.

CELJ also provides a Free Legal Hotline at (844) 481-0973 or email: helpline@elderjusticeny.org

Free Basic Will Construction & Complex Estate

Free in-person estate planning and will preparation for enrolled Seneca Elders is held the second Friday of every month.  Morning Appointments are available at Allegany AOA and afternoon appointments are available at Cattaraugus AOA.

SNI AOA has a signed service agreement with Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP to provide estate planning and will construction to enrolled Seneca Elders residing on Seneca Nation territories or within the city of Salamanca.  Lee Redeye, an attorney and Seneca Nation member from the Cattaraugus Territory, provides estate planning services for enrolled Seneca Elders.

SNI AOA will cover all costs of Basic Will Construction.  A Basic Will is limited to: disposing of on-territory assets, including no more than three off-territory bank accounts, with no more than five beneficiaries and drafting and execution of power of attorney and healthcare proxy documents.

Complex Estate Planning includes, but is not limited to: the creation of trusts; the formation of corporations; estate plan tax advisement; litigation of any kind; and acting as an administrator or executor of any estate.  If an eligible Elder requires Complex Estate Planning, the AOA will provide funding towards the representation not to exceed the amount of a Basic Will.  The cost for complex estate planning beyond the initial amount covered by AOA is the sole responsibility of the elder.

To make an appointment for in-person legal assistance on either territory, please call:

Tina Law (Catt.) (716) 532-5777

Bridgette John (Alleg.) (716) 945-8414

OR, feel free to contact the lawyers directly:

Lee Redeye, Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP (716) 853-5100 ext. 1382

Alex Fehrman, Center for Elder Law & Justice (716) 853-3087 ext. 242

 

Click here to download the Legal Services brochure.

Farmers Market Program

Every spring and summer the Seneca Nation AOA distributes Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) checks to elders (age 60 and up) who meet income guidelines (below 185% of federal poverty level.) Eligible seniors receive a booklet of five $4.00 SFMNP checks ($20 total) that can be used to purchase local, fresh vegetables and fruits at participating farmers markets and farm stands across New York State.

Beginning in June, Elders can apply in-person at Seneca Nation AOA offices in Cattaraugus or Allegany, or fill out an easy online form to have them mailed to your home.  SFMNP checks are available on a first come, first serve basis.  2022 SFMNP checks will be available by the end of June.

2022 Poverty Guidelines

Household Size 185%
1 $25,142
2 $33,874
3 $42,606
4 $51,338
5 $60,070
6 $68,802
7 $77,534
8 $84,105
9 $77,025

Caregiver Services

The Seneca Nation AOA has services and support available to caregivers who are caring for an adult age 60 or older.  In addition to care consultations, caregivers can learn about support groups, training opportunities, respite, personal care services, adult day care, and more.  For information on the Caregiver Support and Services listed below, please contact AOA: Cattaraugus Territory (716) 532-5777 or Allegany Territory (716) 945-8414.

 

Respite Care

The Seneca Nation AOA provides respite care to qualifying Elders who have physical and/or cognitive limitations, are over the age of 60 and reside on Seneca Territory.  Respite care gives caregivers a break and temporarily relieves them from their caregiving responsibilities.  Respite is designed to provide relief to the caregiver, while at the same time providing direct services to the care recipient.

 

Adult Day Services

The Seneca Nation AOA has contracted with Adult Day centers near the Cattaraugus and Allegany territories to provide Adult Day services to qualifying Elders and their caregivers.  Adult day centers operate during daytime hours and offer a variety of activities in a safe and supportive environment.  Depending on the participants income, there may be cost share associated with this program.

 

TCARE® is an evidence- based, six-step care management process that leads to an individualized care plan tailored to the specific needs of the caregiver. TCARE® is specifically designed to identify resources and services available within the caregiver’s community to effectively address the needs, preferences and circumstances of the family.

Click here to take the TCARE Caregiver survey.

 

 

The Seneca Nation AOA offers an educational program designed to provide caregivers with the tools they need to take care of themselves while caring for their loved one. Classes are offered once a week for six weeks.  Caregivers will learn to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate feelings, and locate helpful resources.

 

For information on the Caregiver Support and Services listed above, please contact AOA:

Cattaraugus Territory (716) 532-5777 or

Allegany Territory (716) 945-8414

 

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