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Department of Aging Calls for Critical Updates to the Older Adults Protective Services Act in the New Legislative Session

02/10/2021
With the ongoing rise of financial exploitation and other forms of elder abuse, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) is urging the General Assembly to prioritize and enact critical updates to the Older Adults Protective Services Act (OAPSA) in its new 2021-22 Legislative Session.

Department of Aging: Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman Announces February Dates for Virtual Family Council Meetings

02/02/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging's Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman today announced the dates and topics for the upcoming Virtual Family Council (VFC) meetings in February.

Pennsylvanians Can Now File Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Applications Online

Eligible Pennsylvanians Encouraged to Use Mypath.pa.gov to File Rebate Applications for Property Taxes, Rent Paid in 2020

01/25/2021
Older and disabled Pennsylvanians can now apply for rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2020, the Wolf Administration announced today. This assistance is available through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, which has delivered more than $6.8 billion to eligible Pennsylvanians since the program's inception in 1971.

Wolf Administration Reminds Older Adults of Their Rights Regarding Federal Stimulus Checks

01/21/2021
As Pennsylvanians receive a second round of federal stimulus payments as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, the Pennsylvania departments of Aging, Human Services and Insurance are again reminding consumers living in long-term care facilities that these checks belong to them, not the facilities where they live.

Governor Wolf: $4.8 Million Investment to Train Direct Care Workers will Improve Quality of Care for Patients Across Pennsylvania

01/20/2021
Governor Tom Wolf announced today more than $4.8 million has been awarded in Direct Care Worker Training Grants (DCWTG) to improve the quality of care provided by direct care workers while creating opportunities for them to build new careers and earn family-sustaining wages.

Wolf Administration Announces its Selection to Participate in the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health

01/15/2021
The Wolf Administration today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Department of Aging and Harrisburg University (Pennsylvania cohort) were selected as a participating team in the 10th National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health (NLAPH) Cohort.

Department of Aging Assembles Public-Private Task Force to Address Financial Exploitation of Older Adults

01/12/2021
Taking action to address the findings of its recently released statewide study of financial exploitation of older adults, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) has convened an interdisciplinary task force of state agencies, aging, legal, financial, law enforcement and healthcare stakeholders and subject matter experts to discuss the issue of financial exploitation and focus on a multi-disciplinary approach to its prevention.

Department of Aging Awards $2 Million in Grants

01/07/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) announced it has awarded $2 million in grants equally among 405 Area Agency on Aging-affiliated Senior Community Centers (SCCs) for the fiscal year 2020-2021. Due to the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on SCCs across the commonwealth and the resulting needs, PDA deviated from a traditional competitive grant process and disbursed the funding to the 52 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) to allocate among all of its eligible centers. Each AAA will receive nearly $5,000 for each eligible SCC. The funding was appropriated by the General Assembly from the Pennsylvania Lottery.

Department of Aging Partners with Slippery Rock University for a Program to Enrich the Lives of Students and Older Adults

12/18/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging has joined with Slippery Rock University to launch a pilot program to offer students in recreational therapy and behavioral sciences programs real world experience by completing service-learning projects that included interactions with older adults. <br>

Department of Aging: Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Uses Padbot Robots to Connect with Older Adults

12/10/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging announced that the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman has incorporated two Padbots as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance communication with residents in long-term care facilities. Padbots are mobile robots that utilize a smart phone or tablet attached to a wheeled base. They are designed to safely connect ombudsmen with residents via video who may not be able to adequately correspond or who do not have their own communication devices.

Wolf Administration Reminds Family Caregivers About Resources Available to Help Them During COVID-19 Pandemic

11/23/2020
The Pennsylvania Departments of Aging (PDA) and Human Services (DHS) today reminded Pennsylvanians who serve as caregivers for either a family member or a close friend that there are resources available to help them as the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

PA Council on Aging Releases Interactive Health & Wellness Guide for Older Adults

11/16/2020
The Pennsylvania Council on Aging (PCoA) today released SOLO -- an interactive guide with information and resources to help older adults cultivate a healthy mind, body and spirit amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Forum Addresses Impact of Racial Disparities and Inequalities on Detection, Diagnosis and Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias

11/05/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging today hosted the 2020 Alzheimer&#39;s Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD) Forum, with close to 250 stakeholders participating virtually. This annual forum is convened to assess progress on issues related to ADRD, strengthen partnerships and community support, identify how healthcare systems can work collaboratively within their communities, and discuss opportunities to help advance Pennsylvania&#39;s State Plan on ADRD.<br><br>This year&#39;s forum focused on racial disparities and inequalities in early detection, diagnosis and treatment. <br>

Department of Aging Highlights Work of Ombudsmen in Supporting Pennsylvania's Older Adults Living in Long-Term Care

10/23/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging is highlighting the work of the Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman to focus on the dignity, respect, and rights of skilled nursing facility and personal care home residents.

Department of Aging: Medicare Open Enrollment Begins October 15, Free Insurance Counseling Available

10/05/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging today reminded consumers that the annual open enrollment period for Medicare beneficiaries will begin Thursday, October 15, 2020, and end Monday, December 7, 2020. <br><br>In order to help Medicare beneficiaries sort through their options, the Department of Aging offers free, objective health benefits counseling through the APPRISE Program, which is designed to counsel and encourage Medicare-eligible individuals, their families, and caregivers to make informed health care coverage decisions. <br>

Department of Aging Reminds Older Adults about the Importance of Immunizations

10/01/2020
With cold and flu season approaching and the ongoing threat of COVID-19, the Department of Aging today stressed the importance of older adults getting their immunizations.

Department of Aging Reminds Older Adults How to Vote Safely in the November General Election

09/25/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging today encouraged older adults to be informed about their options for voting in the November 3 General Election if they are concerned about being able to vote safely amid COVID-19.

Department of Aging Reminds Pennsylvanians of Importance of Falls Prevention

09/18/2020
The Department of Aging today reminded Pennsylvanians of the preventive measures necessary to avoid falls, particularly among older adults.

Department of Aging Releases Study on Financial Exploitation of Older Pennsylvanians, Calls for Needed Update to Older Adults Protective Services Act

09/15/2020
In response to Governor Wolf&#39;s Executive Order on protecting vulnerable populations, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging today released its study on the impact of financial exploitation of older adults. The findings of this study reinforce the urgent need for the General Assembly to update the Older Adults Protective Services Act (OAPSA) to strengthen protections against financial exploitation of older adults.

Department of Aging Touts Food Programs Benefiting Seniors during Hunger Action Month

09/10/2020
To support Hunger Action Month, Pennsylvania Department of Aging Secretary Robert Torres and department staff joined volunteers with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to pack food boxes to be distributed through the food bank&#39;s two programs that benefit seniors. <br>

Department of Aging Stresses the Importance of Older Adults Participation in the 2020 U.S. Census

08/19/2020
With the September 30 deadline issued by the U.S. Census Bureau to complete work on the 2020 Census quickly approaching, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging is urging all older adults to participate to ensure they are included in the count.&nbsp; <br>

Wolf Administration: Farmers Market Nutrition Program Connects Hungry Pennsylvanians with Fresh, Local Food

07/15/2020
At the new Allison Hill Farmers Market in Harrisburg today, the Departments of Agriculture, Aging and Health reminded Pennsylvania’s low-income seniors and WIC recipients to use their vouchers from the Pennsylvania Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) to purchase fresh, local fruits, vegetables, and herbs from farmers markets and farm stands across the commonwealth.

Department of Aging to Host Virtual Community Conversation on its Four-Year State Plan on Aging

06/23/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging today announced it will host a Virtual Community Conversation from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7 to discuss its State Plan on Aging for 2020-2024 and invites feedback from the public and community stakeholders throughout Pennsylvania.

OPINION-EDITORIAL: Enhancing the Aging Experience of Pennsylvania's LGBTQ Community

06/23/2020
The Wolf Administration is committed to making the commonwealth a welcoming, safe and inclusive environment for all Pennsylvanians. The Department of Aging is dedicated to ensuring the same experience for every older adult, including people in the LGBTQ community and other marginalized groups who have felt excluded for too long.

Department of Aging Releases Reopening Guidance for Senior Centers, Adult Day Centers, and In-Person Visits

06/15/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) has issued reopening guidance for aging services providers located in counties that are entering the green phase.&nbsp; In collaboration with representatives of Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and adult day centers (ADCs), PDA has developed guidance and procedures for resuming operations of adult day centers, senior community centers (SCCs), and aging and protective services that involve in-person consumer contacts and in-home visits.<br>

Wolf Administration Launches New Online Training for Mandatory Reporting of Elder Abuse to Mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

06/15/2020
In response to and in recognition of Governor Wolf&#39;s Executive Order on Vulnerable Populations, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging has created a free, online Mandatory Abuse Reporting training module to help aging and human services providers recognize and report elder abuse.

Department of Aging Releases Survey for Public Input on its Four-Year Plan on Aging

06/08/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging today released a survey for the general public and community stakeholders to provide input on the department&#39;s strategies and priorities as part of the process of completing a State Plan on Aging for 2020-2024.

Department of Aging Joins AARP to Support Family Connections in Long-Term Care Facilities

06/04/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging&#39;s Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman announced it is partnering with AARP Pennsylvania to offer communication devices to long-term care facilities that will help residents increase contact with their family and friends.

Wolf Administration Reminds Older Adults of Their Rights Regarding Stimulus Checks

06/02/2020
As Pennsylvanians continue to receive federal stimulus payments as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Pennsylvania departments of Aging, Human Services (DHS) and Insurance remind consumers living in long-term care facilities that these checks belong to them, not the facilities where they live.

Departments of Health and Aging Highlight Efforts to Protect Seniors, Vulnerable Pennsylvanians

06/01/2020
At today&#39;s daily COVID-19 press conference at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine and Sec. of Aging Robert Torres highlighted efforts to protect seniors and other vulnerable Pennsylvanians.
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