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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.  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.

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'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'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'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'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.

Wolf Administration Advocates for Senior Feeding Program Flexibilities, Congressional Action Needed to Protect Vulnerable Populations

05/14/2020
Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Department of Aging Secretary Robert Torres today penned a letter to Pennsylvania's congressional delegation urging legislative action to enable Pennsylvania's older adults to access the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program during the mitigation effort.

Department of Aging Receives $3 Million to Support Aging and Disability Resource Centers during Pandemic

05/06/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging's Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) Office has been awarded $3 million from the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Community Living to support efforts to mitigate and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

PA Council on Aging Releases Findings from Survey of Older Adults During Pandemic

04/30/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging and the Pennsylvania Council on Aging (PCoA) today released the findings of a statewide survey conducted by PCoA to assess the status, needs and interests of older adults during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Pennsylvania Receives $34 Million to Provide Essential Services to Older Adults

04/28/2020
As part of the federal government's response to the COVID-19 emergency, Pennsylvania has received $34 million to support services authorized by the Older Americans Act. These services include home-delivered meals; in-home care services; respite care and other support to families and caregivers; and information and referral services.

Dept. of Aging: Essential Court Functions Are Available

04/13/2020
As Pennsylvanians follow the Governor's stay-at-home order and social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 emergency, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Office of Elder Justice in the Courts remind older adults and their families that essential court functions and legal assistance remain available.

Department of Aging Offers Online COVID-19 Resource Guide for Older Pennsylvanians

04/11/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging has launched an online COVID-19 resource guide to help older adults easily find useful information related to their health, safety and well-being. 

Department of Aging Releases COVID-19 Guidance on Protective Services for Older Adults

03/22/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging has released COVID-19 guidance on handling protective services for older adults. This temporary guidance provides operational flexibility to protect older adults and staff during investigative cases while following the ongoing directive from Governor Tom Wolf to stay home and practice social distancing.

PACE Pharmacy Program Offers Prescription Extensions during COVID-19 Mitigation Effort

03/19/2020
With the ongoing directive from Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Health to stay home and limit social interaction during the COVID-19 mitigation effort, Department of Aging Secretary Robert Torres today announced that as of March 5, the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly (PACE) Program can help older adult enrollees with refill extensions.

Department of Aging Releases COVID-19 Guidance for Adult Day Centers and Aging Services Programs

03/18/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging has released additional COVID-19 guidance to the Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and Adult Day Center providers to help address operational needs during the closing of Adult Day Centers, and to allow flexibility in meeting requirements of aging services for home and community based services under the OPTIONS, Caregiver Support and Domiciliary Care programs.

Department of Aging Releases COVID-19 Guidance for Senior Centers

03/15/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging has released COVID-19 guidance to the Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) related to the operations of over 500 affiliated senior community centers operating statewide.

Department of Aging Hosts "Reach Out PA" Roundtable On Mental Health Issues Affecting Older Adults

03/11/2020
In coordination with Governor Tom Wolf's Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters initiative, Pennsylvania Department of Aging Sec. Robert Torres led a roundtable discussion aimed at reducing stigma and understanding mental health issues and service needs of older adults and individuals with disabilities.

Aging Secretary Serves Meals at Senior Center to Highlight March as National Nutrition Month

03/09/2020
Pennsylvania Department of Aging Secretary Robert Torres today visited the White Rose Senior Center in York where he met with older adults and served congregate meals to spotlight March being National Nutrition Month.

2020 Benefits and Rights Book for Older Pennsylvanians Now Available

02/25/2020
The Department of Aging announced the release of its 2020 free guide to information and resources for older adults living in Pennsylvania.

Aging Secretary Joins Actress and Substance Use Survivor Mackenzie Phillips, Health Leaders to Discuss Mental Health Issues and Access to Care

02/14/2020
Pennsylvania Department of Aging Secretary Robert Torres joined actress, author and survivor of substance use disorder Mackenzie Phillips and other healthcare and public policy leaders last evening for a panel discussion on behavioral health with a focus on access to services, cultural competency and the economics of delivering services.

Department of Aging Hosts "Reach Out PA" Mental Health Roundtable

02/13/2020
In coordination with Governor Tom Wolf's Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters initiative, Pennsylvania Department of Aging Sec. Robert Torres led a roundtable discussion aimed at reducing stigma and understanding mental health issues and service needs of older adults and individuals with disabilities.

Wolf Administration Offers Resources for Older Driver Safety

12/06/2019
The Wolf Administration hosted an event at Messiah Lifeways in Mechanicsburg to highlight the unique challenges faced by older drivers during Older Driver Safety Awareness Week.

Pennsylvania Department of Aging hosts 2019 Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Forum, focusing on Dementia-Friendly communities

11/06/2019
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) hosted the 2019 Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD) Forum, which gathered nearly 100 stakeholders to assess progress, strengthen partnerships and focus on development of Dementia Friendly communities throughout the state.

Sec. Torres Champions Growth and Diversity at PA Latino Conference

11/01/2019
Department of Aging Secretary Robert Torres, serving as opening keynote speaker at the 2nd Annual Pennsylvania Latino Convention in Bethlehem, challenged the audience of government, business and community leaders, educators and students to help change the narrative on aging as Pennsylvania’s older Latino population continues to increase.

Pennsylvania Aging Secretary Addresses NEPA Grandparents Conference

10/25/2019
Department of Aging Secretary Robert Torres spoke at the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Annual Conference to voice support for their work and share information about Department of Aging and other partnership programs that can help them.
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