Oneida Elders and American Indian clients participate in educational, nutritional and social programming at the Ray Elm Children and Elders Center. The program provides a variety of activities and classes to help Elders maintain an independent lifestyle. Please call (315) 829-8133 for the latest program information.

Elders Program Continues Mission


The caregivers support group, Teyakhishnyehe’ (“We take care of them”), is designed for those providing primary care for Elders. The monthly meetings offer a confidential setting and the opportunity to share concerns and feelings with others who understand and can offer solutions and emotional support. If you are providing primary care for an Elder and would like helpful information, call (315) 829-8330.



The Oneida Indian Nation Elder’s Congregate Meal program provides an average of 48 meals a day to program participants. In 2023 more than 12,400 meals were provided, including 780 home deliveries.

May Lunch Menu


Monthly program activities include craft and painting classes, intergenerational activities and cultural and educational trips. This past year, the Elder’s Program was able to provide opportunities for off-site trips, with more than 45 excursions taking place throughout the year, including an overnight trip to Pennsylvania. Other outings took the group to Rochester, Skaneateles and a quilt shop in Akwesasne. Several local trips included stops at the Bingo Hall at Turning Stone and local markets.

Special events throughout the year bring Elder’s Program participants together. A Bar-B-Que hosted by the Oneida Indian Nation Police Department is one of the more popular annual events. The event provides a great opportunity for the police department to support its community policing fundamentals and interact with the Nation’s most cherished generation.

May Activities Calendar

For more information about the status of the programs, call (315) 829-8133.