Senior Citizens Center

We are located at 4620 Seneca St. (716) 675-9288

Not to be confused with the Community Center loacted next to Town Hall on Union Rd.  That is not the Senior Center.

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WELCOME!

BE WELL ~ BE SAFE ~ BE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER

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Mission Statement

The mission of the West Seneca Senior Citizens Center is to promote healthy aging, independence and the well-being of older adults through health, wellness, educational, cultural, and recreational programs and services.  We promote good fellowship in a friendly and relaxed manner that best serves residents of Erie County ages 50+.

Vision

Today’s active older adults are redefining quality of life and healthy aging. The West Seneca Senior Citizens Center will continue to be the focal point for area older adults who participate in our activities to engage with each other, meet new people, acquire new skills, and have fun!  In addition, our offerings support senior's independence, provide them with a sense of purpose and the opportunity for seniors to help seniors and promote intergenerational relationships.

Code of Conduct

Anyone who enters the West Seneca Senior Center is expected to adhere to the Code of Conduct.

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Membership

The West Seneca Senior Center is open to all Erie County residents age 50+.  You do not need to be a resident of West Seneca to join or to visit the Center as many of our services are provided through Erie County.  (Please note, the Erie County programs we participate in have a minimum age requirement of 60+, but many are still available to younger seniors, just at a higher requested donation).  You may visit the Center as often as you like and participate in as many activities as you wish that interest you. If you choose to become a member, there are many benefits and attending the Center regularly keeps you apprised of all events and classes we have to offer.  Members receive priority registration at our events and classes (ex. Safe Driving Classes; Dinner Dance Tickets; Special Luncheons, Parties, and Celebrations; etc.).  There is no fee to join, just simply complete the membership form, visit us regularly, and start enjoying all the benefits!

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Current Schedule

Please note: The front doors open at 8:50am. 

Everyday Offerings

General Hours Mon - Fri          8:50-3:00
Fitness Center
Mon - Fri          9:00am-3:00pm
Sat.                  9:00am-12:00am
Lunch We serve lunch Monday-Friday at 12:00.  Please arrive between 11:15-11:45 to sign-in before we serve.  To order weekly frozen meals to be picked up each Monday, please call the office on week in advance (716) 675-9288.  If you need meals delivered, please call NYConnects at (716) 858-8526.
Going Places Van Service The Erie County Going Places Van service will pick up any resident in West Seneca and take them anywhere in Erie County (medical are given priority).  Please call (716) 858-7433 for assistance.   

Activities

Day Activity Time
Monday Strength Training 9:00-9:45
RSVP Sewers 9:30
Knitting 9:30
Yoga (Floor) 10:00-10:45
Dance Party! 10:00-10:45
Chess 10:00
Tai Chi 11:00
Dominoes 1:00
Pickleball 1:00-?
Tuesday Strength Training 9:00-9:45
Ceramics 9:30-2:00
Chair Yoga 10:00-10:45
Rummikub 12:30
Pinochle 12:45-3:00
Grief & Loss Group 1:00
Club 99 1:30-2:15
Wednesday Knitting 9:30
Ceramics 9:30-2:00
Yoga with Kathy Z ($5.00 donation paid to the instructor at class) 10:00
Line Dancing 10:00
Euchre 10:00
Bridge 1:00
Cardio Drumming 1:00
Bingo 1:00-3:00
Thursday Strength Training 9:00-9:45
Mahjong 10:00
Chair Yoga 10:00-10:45
Cornhole 11:00
Hand, Foot, Elbow (playing cards) 11:00
Club 99 1:30-2:15
Arts & Crafts Classes (specific dates each month, not every Thursday - see dates in the Newsletter) 1:00
Line Dancing 1:00
Friday Strength Training 9:00-9:45
313 (card game) 9:00-12:00
Poker 9:00-11:00; 1:00-3:00
Knitting 9:30
Chair Yoga 10:00-10:45
Tai Chi 11:00
Strength Conditioning 1st & 3rd Fridays of each month (must have at least 3 signed up to run class) 1:00-3:00
Saturday Fitness Center is open for Saturday hours from October 14, 2023-May 18, 2024 9:00-12:00

Game Room

In addition to the organized activities listed above, we have a game room featuring a 9' pool table, shuffelboard, chess, board games, puzzles, and card tables that may be reserved for your group to play.  Current members of the West Seneca Senior Center are given priority in making reservations.

Current Events

FeedMore WNY Farm Market Truck Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 Starting 5/2 and every Tuesday from 10:00-11:00am the FeedMore WNY Farm market Truck is coming to the WSSC! Stop by to purchase fresh, healthy, affordable and locally grown produce!  The Farm Market accepts credit, debit, cash, SNAP, and Double Up Bucks!

Safe Driver Academy 4/17 9:00-3:00 Doors to the Center open at 8:45am. Cost is $35/person paid in cash or check to the instructor. This is a service provided to our active members...it pays to become a member of the WSSC!

Self-Defense 4/23 11:00 Free self-protection class. No punching/kicking; focus is on other techniques. Newcomers welcome!  Taught by Tae Kwon Do blackbelt Larry Palaszynski.

Tech Help 4/25 Tech Savvy is a local business who understands the technology needs (& frustrations!) of seniors. They send a staff member to the Senior Center once per month to provide tech help. You must make a reservation at the Senior Center Office Desk for one of the time slots available. If you need additional help or are unable to make an appointment at our Senior Center, you may utilize their fee-based services at their store conveniently located right down the street at 3768 Seneca St.

Monthly Medicare Insurance Representatives are here to help! Each month representatives visit our Senior Center to answer your questions.  Lobby Just stop in: 4/4 Highmark BCBS 9:00-12:00; 4/17 United 10:00-12:00; 4/19 & 4/26 & 4/29 Clarity 10:00-12:00.

 

Art Classes

Art Society. The WSSC has a long standing relationship with the Art Society who displays their artwork throughout the year & hosts their semi-annual Art Show in our Main Ballroom.  Classes are free as Cindy donates her time & the Center purchases the supplies. Please note, you MUST have a reservation ticket for entry into the Art classes.  Reserve your seat & pick up your ticket at the Office Desk.

Watercolor Painting Classes 4/25 1:00 Space is limited to 30 participants.

Greeting Card Design 4/18 1:00 You must sign up at the Office Desk in the Lobby to ensure there are enough supplies.  Come create greeting cards for various occasions.  Each month we will focus on 1-2 card designs.

University Express

Erie County Senior Services provides University Express at participating Senior Centers. University Express offers free educational classes for older adults throughout the County. The program runs during spring and fall semesters. You will find classes in a variety of categories, including current affairs, history, humanities, finance and medicine. Classes are designed to stimulate the mind and provide opportunities to build social networks, thereby reducing social isolation. No homework or tests, just exciting discussions alongside peers with similar interests! Details for the fall semester tend to be available around mid-September. Details for the spring semester are available around mid-April. Join other like-minded adults interested in learning new things and having lively discussions - all in a fun and safe environment. Classes are typically 45–60 minutes, followed by a question and answer session. In addition to in-person classes, Erie County has over 180 class recordings on their website that you can watch on-demand.

Wednesday 4/24/2024 1:00:00 PM Garden of Delights-How to Plant a Scent Garden  Pati Aine Guzinski
Tuesday 4/30/2024 6:00:00 PM Buffalo's Murals Margaret Logan
Saturday 5/4/2024 11:00:00 AM Exploring Our Night Sky: Late Spring & Early Summer Kevin Williams
Monday 5/6/2024 12:45:00 PM Streaming Media Brendan Chella
Wednesday 5/8/2024 1:00:00 PM Aging in Place through Universal Design Krista Macy
Thursday 5/9/2024 10:30:00 AM Understanding Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Bill Krellner
Thursday 5/9/2024 1:00:00 PM The Role of the SPCA in our Community SPCA Staff
Monday 5/13/2024 1:00:00 PM Buffalo Area Scandals: Genesee River Killer Ryan Gadzo
Tuesday 5/14/2024 10:30:00 AM Race, Racism, and Ethnic Animosities Phillips Stevens 
Thursday 5/16/2024 1:00:00 PM On the Horizon Patrick Kaler
Saturday 5/18/2024 9:30:00 AM What's in a Name: How a Wild West Legend Lent his Name to the Buffalo Bills Douglas Kohler
Wednesday 5/22/2024 1:00:00 PM Lies, Damn Lies, & Statistics Kevin Hardwick
Thursday 5/23/2024 1:00:00 PM Drum 4 Health  Carolyn Zimmermann
Tuesday 5/28/2024 10:30:00 AM Introduction to Reiki Szymula, Victoria
Thursday 5/30/2024 1:00:00 PM Fuel for an Active Lifestyle Michelle Werneiwski
Thursday  6/6/2024 10:30:00 AM You're NOT for ART! Lukia Costello
Wednesday 6/12/2024 10:30:00 AM We Didn’t Start the Fire Theresa Wiater
Wednesday 6/12/2024 1:00:00 PM Dream Work & Dream Interpretation Gabrielle Michalek
Monday 6/17/2024 10:30:00 AM Understanding & Coping with Anxiety  Mark O'Brien
Monday 6/24/2024 12:45:00 PM Android Basics Brendan Chella
Monday 7/15/2024 12:45:00 PM iPad-iPhone Basics Brendan Chella
Monday 7/22/2024 12:45:00 PM Mastering the Magic: iPad & iPhone Settings 101 Brendan Chella
Tuesday 7/23/2024 1:00:00 PM Cooking with the Commishioner  Angela Marricucci

Save the Date! Upcoming Special Events...

May 2nd 12:00 Lunch Served 1:00-3:00 Live music & dancing with The Hastings. Tickets on sale Monday, April 15th.

May 4th 5:00-7:30. Kentucky Derby Party.  Tickets on sale Monday, April 15th.

June 4th 5:00 Dinner Served, 6:00-8:00 Live music & dancing with Crash Cadillac

July 25th Christmas in July

August 20th 5:00 Dinner Served, 6:00-8:00 Live music & dancing with Crash Cadillac

Keep an eye out for more information...

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Defensive Driver Safety Classes

Please note, WSSC members have first priority to our classes, so join today to take advantage of our member benefits!

Safe Driver Academy: This class is a benefit to WSSC active members (you are an active member if you attend the Center at regularly).  Class will be held on a  Thursday once each month (see Events above). Class runs from 9:00AM-3:30PM. $35.00 cash or check paid the day of the class (made out to Safe Driver Academy).  You must bring your own lunch or you may participate in the Center's lunch program by reserving your meal a minimum of 1 week ahead of time (cost is a $3.00 suggested donation).  Certificate of completion is accepted by ALL insurance companies. To verify, click here: https://www.myimprov.com/defensive-driving/new-york/

AARP Courses: We do not offer AARP in-person classes, though online classes are currently offered at a 25% discount.  Visit www.aarpdriversafety.org.  Use the discount code: driving skills.

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Pertinent Information

Driving Evaluations. Are you concerend about a loved one's ability to continue driving? ECMC Driving Evaluation Services

COVID Test Information: Free COVID Tests

Senior Living: Active Adult Communities: What are they? (seniorhomes.com)

Senior Cancer Guide: www.asbestos.com/cancer/senior-cancer-guide/

Mesothelioma: https://www.asbestos.com/mesothelioma/

Avoiding Scams: Prepare your self by clicking here to read about the most prevalent scams targeting the 50+ community. AARP Fraud Watch Network

Prevent Falls: How to prevent falls at home Read Here

Medicare and In-Home Care Costs: Read More Here

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Erie County Programs at the WSSC

Going Places Van

In cooperation with the Erie County Department of Senior Services, the town operates a van to pick up Senior Citizens (who cannot use, or do not have access to any conventional means of transportation) at their home and take them to the doctor, food shopping and other necessary services. The suggested donation for a one-way trip is $3.00, but each person determines what he or she can pay. The van operates five days a week (except holidays) from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Appointments must be made 24 hours in advance by calling (716) 858-7433. For information regarding Wheelchair Van Service, please call the Living Center of Western New York at (716) 836-0822.

Nutrition

In cooperation with the Erie County Department of Senior Citizens, the town provides a hot meal for people age 60 or over and their spouses each weekday (except holidays) at 12:30 p.m. at the Center. The new suggested contribution for each meal is $3.00 (price effective 01/01/2013). Please call the Center at (716) 675-9288, Monday and Tuesday 9-3pm; to make reservations for lunch 1 week after.

R.S.V.P.

Our Seniors participate in the Retired Senior Volunteer Program in cooperation with the Erie County Department of Senior Services. Currently, the Nutrition Program volunteers and the Monday Morning Sewing Group are R.S.V.P. affiliated. The Sewing Group makes lap robes for veteran's hospital patients and residents of area nursing homes. For more information and/or assignments, call the R.S.V.P. Office at (716) 858-7548.

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Information & Referral Services

Referral Services Phone
Senior Center
(Open 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM)
(716) 675-9288
Trips & Tours (716) 675-9288
Meals on Wheels
(Intake Dept 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM)
(716) 822-2002
Going Places Van (716) 858-7433
Center for Elder Law & Justice (716) 853-3087
Erie County Senior Services (716) 858-8526
Are You OK?
(Telephone Assurance System)
(716) 674-3154
Retired Senior Volunteer Program (716) 858-7548
West Seneca Police 911 or (716) 674-2280
Fire & First Aid 911 or (716) 675-1333

The Erie County Department of Senior Services now hosts a website that contains information about many of the programs and services available for seniors. Information on the HEAP program, Adult Day Care and Respite, as well as upcoming events and activities are available on the County site: www.erie.gov/depts/seniorservices