Rochester, New York City Guide
Rochester, NY City Guide

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Rochester, NY Senior Resources



Aging Resources
Government Resources
Senior Care
Senior Centers
Senior Companions

Aging Resources

  • Administration On Aging.  "AoA is the Federal focal point and advocate agency for older persons and their concerns. In this role, AoA works to heighten awareness among other Federal agencies, organizations, groups, and the public about the valuable contributions that older Americans make to the Nation and alerts them to the needs of vulnerable older people. Through information and referral and outreach efforts at the community level, AoA seeks to educate older people and their caregivers about the benefits and services available to help them."


  • The Anthenaeum at RIT.  "The Athenaeum is an organization run by and for men and women age 50 or older who seek continued intellectual challenges, networking opportunities, and social activities. Drawing on its own wealth of experience and talent, this community of self-learners plans and carries out educational experiences and social activities for its members.

    The Athenaeum was founded in 1987 with the support of Rochester Institute of Technology and the dedicated work of the first Athenaeum members. On those sturdy foundations the organization flourishes, with a growing membership, convenient, comfortable facilities, and the continuing support of RIT.

    But what makes this organization excel are its members. All Athenaeum programs are developed and led by Athenaeum members. The future of The Athenaeum will be charted by its members as well. Our Athenaeum Council provides the leadership to make the organization run smoothly.

    When you join this organization, you become an integral part of an exciting and intellectual cooperative. You are also a part of the RIT community, with full access to such campus amenities as recreational, dining, library, and bookstore facilities. You need only glance at the array of courses described in our Course Schedule to see the diversity and depth of The Athenaeum's activities."
  • SeniorNet Learning Center of Rochester.  "The SeniorNet Learning Center of Rochester is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to providing access to and education about computer technology and the internet to adults over 50 to enhance their lives and enable them to share their knowledge and wisdom. Courses are taught daily at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester."
  • SeniorTech.  "Seniors are the fastest-growing segment of computer users. Unfortunately, few seniors are comfortable using their computers. They've taken computer courses through Continuing Ed., but often leave the class frustrated for several reasons.

    (1) The class moved too quickly
    (2) The class had too many "non-seniors" in it, so the seniors were too intimidated to ask questions,
    (3) the instructor used too much computer jargon, and, most importantly
    (4) when they got home, their computer looked and operated differently from the one they used in class. SeniorTech addresses all of these concerns.

    Here's how we operate:

    (1) We meet with you one-on-one in the comfort of your own home
    (2) We sit at your own computer
    (3) We meet at a time convenient to you
    (4) We move forward at a pace comfortable for you, not too fast, not too slow
    (5) we answer your specific questions
    (6) We offer "senior-friendly" rates (far less than your plumber charges).

    Give us a call today. Let's start working together. 


  • Aging Parents and Elder Care.  "Advice, comprehensive checklists, and links to key resources ... designed to make it easier for family caregivers to quickly find the information they need ... and avoid missing things that are important in the care of their loved one." 
  •  "CareGuide is a care management company dedicated to helping people lead more comfortable, secure and independent lives. Since 1996, CareGuide has empowered families by providing them with personalized solutions and support in the daily process of caregiving."
  • Catholic Family Center Elder Services.  "Our focus is simple. We help older persons maintain a safe and dignified independence in their own homes, for as long as they are able.
    We do this through a wide range of comprehensive, community-based services, and through the caring commitment of our professional staff and volunteers.

    We believe that aging well is a right we all have, and our staff of specialists and committed volunteers work hard every day to ensure all our clients are treated with the dignity they deserve."
  • Compassion and Support.  ""Individuals facing serious life-threatening illness and approaching death deserve to be treated with dignity, respect and compassion and to receive care that is focused on the individual's goals for care. Families need and deserve to receive support. To achieve their goals, individuals need to plan ahead, know their choices, make sound decisions and share their wishes with their loved ones and health care professionals. This Web site aims to educate and empower patients, families, health care and other professionals to accomplish this goal." 
  • Eldersource.  "Eldersource Care Management Services is a legal joint venture of Catholic Family Center and LIFESPAN. This program has served Monroe County residents since 1995 by providing a single access point for obtaining information, guidance and care management services for older adults and their caregivers. Eldersource is staffed by social workers with expertise in the field of geriatrics."
  • Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.  "GRAPE is an organization of professionals and interested persons who aspire to improve the quality of services for older people.

    GRAPE colorfully refers to the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly. We are an association that is dedicated to facilitating the needed services for older persons through education, networking, and advocacy.

    GRAPE is a not-for-profit organization whose membership consists of professionals, volunteers, students, and other interested persons serving the older adult population in the Greater Rochester Area. GRAPE links service providers, facilitates professional education, fosters collaboration among a variety of professionals, and promotes positive attitudes about aging."
  • Lifespan.  "LIFESPAN is a comprehensive resource in the Rochester community whose sole purpose is to enhance the quality of life for those in the second half of life.  We provide many direct services, we advocate and we guide. We also provide community and professional education."
  • Mercy Center with the Aging. 585-244-5190.
  • National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers.  "GCM is a non-profit, professional organization of practitioners whose goal is the advancement of dignified care for the elderly and their families. With more than 1,500 members, GCM is committed to maximizing the independence and autonomy of elders while striving to ensure that the highest quality and most cost-effective health and human services are used when and where appropriate.
  • New York State Association of Area Agencies on Aging (NYSAAA).  "Providing a collective forum for leadership which creates an environment enabling New York State's aging population to determine its own destiny in a positive and productive manner."
  • National PACE Association.  "Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) provide and coordinate all needed preventive, primary, acute and long term care services so that older individuals can continue living in the community." Pace Eldercare Links
  • Pioneer Network.  "We are a network of people dedicated to supporting elders and those who work with them. We are elders, family members, administrators, nurses, certified nursing assistants, resident assistants, physicians, social workers, educators, researchers, ombudsmen, advocates, regulators and architects. We are creating a better culture in all settings where elders live, with the intention of building loving, elder-directed communities.

    We call our collective work culture change, the transformation of traditional institutions and practices into communities in which each person's capacities and individuality are affirmed and developed. Culture change has been shown to transform demoralized, dispirited staff into productive teams and dispirited, isolated elders into active members of engaged communities."

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Government Resources

New York State

  • New York State office for Aging.  "The New York State Office for the Aging is part of the Executive Department and is the designated State Unit on Aging under the Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended.

It is the mission of the New York State Office for the Aging to help older New Yorkers to be as independent as possible for as long as possible through advocacy, development and delivery of cost-effective policies, programs and services which support and empower the elderly and their families, in partnership with the network of public and private organizations which serve them.

Created in 1961 The New York State Office for the Aging was created by Executive Order of the Governor in 1961 and was one of the first State Units on Aging in the Nation. In 1965 the Office was made an independent agency in the Executive Department and became the central State agency to plan and coordinate programs and services for the aging at all levels in both the public and private sectors. Throughout its 40-year history, the Office for the Aging has been in the forefront of special initiatives for older people, and many of the concepts and programs which began in New York have been adopted nationally.

The New York State Office for the Aging serves as an advocate for over 3.2 million New Yorkers 60 and older. The Office advocates for older persons at all levels of government and the private sector with the cooperation of concerned organizations and older New Yorkers.

Under Executive Order, the Office is empowered to review and comment on all State agencies' program policies and legislative proposals which would affect the aging." 

Monroe County




  • The Linden House. "Senior Assisted Living alternative for those who are in need of daily assistance but prefer a smaller community...The Linden House is a unique alternative home for adults in need of that extra helping hand with daily life. Our home offers assisted living and respite care to seniors in a home style environment located in Rochester New York.

    The Linden House provides personalized, compassionate care to adults who are no longer able to live alone, or perhaps are living in a larger community and need a bit more direction and attention. Smaller atmospheres have proven to be advantageous for adults with memory impairments such as dementia and alzheimer's disease. A home type setting and continuity of caring providers ensure the most secure and safe feeling for our residents."
  • Rochester Area Association of Homes & Services for the Aging, Inc. (RAHSA).  "Senior housing refers to any housing designed to accommodate the needs or preferences of senior citizens. These may include independent living, enriched living, or assisted living situations. Supportive services may be available, such as housekeeping, transportation, activities, meals and emergency call/security systems.

    Senior housing choices in the Rochester area feature a wide range of levels of service. Some senior communities offer higher levels of service included in monthly fees, while others provide a minimum level, with services available on an ala carte basis. Independent living often includes a meal plan and housekeeping, while enriched and assisted living programs may also incorporate personal care and assistance with daily living activities. Financial arrangements may be rental buy-in or life-care plans. Listed here are RAHSA members who provide senior housing."
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Senior Care

Senior Centers

  • Monroe County Senior Centers.  A directory of twenty-nine senior programs located throughout Monroe County serve residents age 60 and over. All offer a nutritious meal and many have a complete calendar of recreational, cultural, educational, health and social services programs. Transportation services are available at many programs. There are several meal programs available for mature adults in Monroe County.

Senior Companions

  • Senior Corps.  "Americans over 55 have a lifetime of experience to share, and the desire to make a real difference in their world. They've managed households, been business owners and nurses, farmers and salespeople, artists and executives. Now they are ready to put their unique talents and expertise to work in their communities, and enrich their own lives in the process. Senior Corps connects today's over 55s with the people and organizations that need them most. We help them become mentors, coaches or companions to people in need, or contribute their job skills and expertise to community projects and organizations. Conceived during John F. Kennedy's presidency, Senior Corps currently links more than 500,000 Americans to service opportunities. Their contributions of skills, knowledge, and experience make a real difference to individuals, nonprofits, and faith-based and other community organizations throughout the United States. Senior Corps offers several ways to get involved. Volunteers receive guidance and training so they can make a contribution that suits their talents, interests, and availability.   

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