Senior Services to offer ‘Living Healthy Workshops’

The Erie County Department of Senior Services will host free “Living Healthy Workshops,” focusing on diabetes and chronic disease self-management starting next week.

The gatherings will be held weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays at various senior centers in Erie County through April 1.

“Many older adults have at least one chronic health condition, such as hypertension, arthritis, heart or lung disease, or diabetes, and they often struggle with how to cope with their condition,” Erie County Commissioner of Senior Services Randy Hoak said in a news release. “These free workshops will give seniors, their caregivers and their families more confidence in their ability to manage their condition, better ability to manage pain and stress, and will teach them other management strategies as well.”

Both programs are evidence-based, interactive programs developed by Stanford University, and led by trained leaders who have a personal understanding about living with a chronic condition. In addition to being better prepared to manage their condition, participants have reported increased energy and physical activity, increased participation in activities, less time in the hospital, and improved communication with health care providers.

The workshop schedule is as follows:

• Diabetes self-management workshops will take place from noon to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays, starting Thursday and running through Feb. 13 at the Monsignor Carr Center, 20 Rich St.; and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Feb. 25 to April 1, Orchard Park Senior Center, 70 Linwood Ave., Orchard Park.

• A chronic disease self-management workshop will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, from Jan. 28 to March 4 in the Schiller Park Senior Center, 2057 Genesee St.

To register, contact Kelly Asher, health and wellness coordinator, at 858-8081 or visit and enter the ZIP code of the workshop address in the “search workshops” box. For more info on future workshops or the Department of Senior Services, visit

Wellness program set for epilepsy patients

The Epilepsy Association of Western New York is implementing a new wellness program for those diagnosed with epilepsy.

A four-week session will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on successive Thursdays at the association offices, 339 Elmwood Ave., and include lessons taught by instructors from the region. The first session will be devoted to yoga (mats will be provided) and the second to relaxation techniques. The Jan. 23 session will focus on meditation, and the Jan. 30 session to mindful eating. Call the association at 883-5396, Ext. 408, to register.

Casino event to benefit cardiac, stroke care services

The Premier will be held Jan. 18 at the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel in Niagara Falls and feature entertainment from the Las Vegas Strip including, “A Tribute to Neil Diamond,” featuring Jay White.

Also featured will be “Barbra & Frank – The Concert that Never Was: A Sensational Tribute to Streisand & Sinatra,” as well as popular Western New York band JoyRyde and the Hitmen Horns.

Proceeds will benefit Niagara Falls Memorial Center’s cardiac and stroke care services. Individual tickets are $225. For information and sponsorship opportunities, call 278-4570 or visit

As part of the Premier, Dr. Sujatha Addagatla and former banking executive Nancy Gara will be honored for their dedication to improving the health of the community. Gara, who died in May, will be honored posthumously.