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Department of Aging: 2022 Benefits and Rights Book for Older Pennsylvanians Now Available

05/26/2022
Pennsylvania Department of Aging Secretary Robert Torres today announced the release of the 2022 Benefits and Rights for Older Pennsylvanians, the commonwealth’s premier guide for information and resources serving older adults on the state and local levels.

Gov. Wolf Honors Department of Aging Employee for Developing the Intergenerational University Connections Program

05/20/2022
Governor Tom Wolf will honor Stephanie Cole, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Aging, with a Governor’s Award for Excellence for going above and beyond in her duties to serve older adults in the commonwealth. She created a program that brings together Pennsylvania undergraduate and graduate students and older adults who are receiving services from the Department of Aging. Cole will be among 50 employees from 12 agencies to receive the awards during a ceremony on May 20 for extraordinary accomplishments in 2021.  

Wolf Administration Highlights Importance of Mental Health Services for Older Adults

05/16/2022
The Pennsylvania Departments of Aging and Human Services joined the Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging (P4A) on the fifth Annual Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day to spotlight the mental health services needs of an often overlooked, underserved population: older adults. 

Department of Aging Announces Penn State Scranton Joins Intergenerational Program to Enrich the Lives of College Students and Older Adults

04/29/2022
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) was joined by students and faculty from Penn State Scranton along with older adults today to announce the expansion of the department’s Intergenerational University Connections Program.

Department of Aging Calls on General Assembly to Invest in Older Pennsylvanians, Individuals with Disabilities Through Property Tax Relief Program

04/29/2022
– Department of Aging Secretary Robert Torres was joined by Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski and community leaders today to echo Governor Tom Wolf’s call for the Pennsylvania General Assembly to immediately use a portion of the $1.7 billion in unspent American Rescue Plan Act dollars to help older adults and individuals with disabilities through property tax and rent rebates to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Department of Aging Calls on General Assembly to Invest in Older Pennsylvanians, Individuals with Disabilities Through Property Tax Relief Program

04/21/2022
Department of Aging Secretary Robert Torres was joined by Sen. Maria Collett, AARP Pennsylvania and community leaders today to echo Governor Tom Wolf’s call for the Pennsylvania General Assembly to immediately use a portion of the $1.7 billion in unspent American Rescue Plan Act dollars to help older adults and individuals with disabilities through property tax and rent rebates to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Department of Aging Hosts Volunteer Symposium to Recognize and Engage Network of Volunteers

04/20/2022
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) today hosted the virtual 2022 Volunteer Symposium, which engaged current and potential volunteers and volunteer coordinators in the aging network. The symposium recognized those individuals who give their time and talent by volunteering to provide services offered by the department through 52 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs). It also presented professional development for volunteer coordinators to support their efforts in volunteer recruitment, retention, and recognition.

Wolf Administration Shares Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorder Resources to Educate, Support Pennsylvanians

04/14/2022
“The Department of Aging is pleased to have collaborated with the Department of Health to develop this comprehensive online resource that includes educational resources to help primary care providers support their patients who are living with Alzheimer’s Disease or a related disorder,” said Secretary of Aging Robert Torres. “This one-stop reference tool gives providers access to resources on detection, diagnosis, treatment and care planning, including methods to detect cognitive decline as part of annual wellness visits, information to build awareness of racial and ethnic disparities in detection and diagnosis, and other subject areas that are key to ensuring broader, more equitable access to services and treatment for all.”

Department of Aging Calls on General Assembly to Invest in Older Pennsylvanians, Individuals with Disabilities Through Property Tax Relief Program

04/08/2022
Department of Aging Secretary Robert Torres, joined by Rep. Carol Hill-Evans and community leaders, today echoed Gov. Tom Wolf’s call for the Pennsylvania General Assembly to immediately use a portion of the $1.7 billion in unspent American Rescue Plan Act dollars to help older adults and individuals with disabilities through property tax and rent rebates to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Department of Aging Calls on General Assembly to Invest in Older Pennsylvanians, Individuals with Disabilities Through Property Tax Relief Program

04/06/2022
Department of Aging Secretary Robert Torres, joined by Rep. Sara Innamorato, the Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging and other community leaders, today echoed Gov. Tom Wolf’s call for the Pennsylvania General Assembly to immediately use a portion of the $1.7 billion in unspent American Rescue Plan Act dollars to help older adults and individuals with disabilities through property tax and rent rebates to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wolf Administration Touts How Older Adults Benefit from Programs Funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery

03/10/2022
Officials from the Pennsylvania Lottery and the Department of Aging today visited Mechanicsburg Place Senior Center in Cumberland County to highlight the significant impact the Lottery has on older Pennsylvanians throughout the commonwealth. Specifically, Mechanicsburg Place Senior Center received a $54,861 grant from the Department of Aging that was funded by Lottery proceeds.

Department of Aging Offers Measures to Protect Older Adults from Marketing Misrepresentation of Medicare Coverage Plans

03/09/2022
With private insurers increasingly promoting their Medicare coverage plans through marketing campaigns that feature celebrities or offer gifts, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging has sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), supporting CMS’ efforts to address the issue of marketing misrepresentation, and offering suggestions to protect consumers from advertising messages that may be confusing or misleading.

Department of Aging: 100,000 Older Adults Now Eligible to Apply for Prescription Assistance

02/23/2022
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging announced a new law that expands income eligibility limits for the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly Needs Enhancement Tier (PACENET) program is now in effect. Governor Tom Wolf signed legislation into law in December 2021 that allows an additional 100,000 older adults to now become eligible to sign up for the program with enrollment beginning this month.

Department of Aging Convenes Alzheimer’s Researchers from Pitt, Penn to Share Prevention and Caregiving Models

02/10/2022
The Department of Aging convened a gathering of Alzheimer’s Disease researchers from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh in a daylong forum to share and discuss their latest work in the areas of prevention, treatment and caregiving. 

Department of Aging Encourages Older Adults to Prepare for the Transition to 5G Cellular Service

02/04/2022
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging is reminding seniors with older devices to learn about the potential impacts related to the shutdown of the 3G network service and prepare accordingly. The shutdown involves the nation’s three major wireless carriers and could occur as soon as this month.

Department of Aging: Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Now Underway, Free Insurance Counseling Available through PA MEDI

02/03/2022
Pennsylvania Department of Aging reminds Medicare beneficiaries that the annual Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period runs from January 1 to March 31.

Wolf Administration Highlights Resources for Older Adults with Substance Use Disorder

01/27/2022
Today, the Pennsylvania departments of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) and Aging joined Governor Tom Wolf’s Office of Advocacy and Reform (OAR) and the Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging to discuss risk factors, race and ethnic disparities, and resources for older Pennsylvanians living with substance use disorder.

Gov. Wolf Awards $2 Million in Grants to Help Senior Community Centers and Satellite Centers

01/20/2022
Governor Tom Wolf today announced $2 million in grants among 400 Area Agency on Aging-affiliated Senior Community Centers (SCCs) and 99 Satellite Centers associated with full-time SCCs for the fiscal year 2021-2022.

Gov. Wolf Celebrates Expansion of Senior Prescription Assistance Programs, Highlights Administration’s Efforts to Support Older Pennsylvanians

01/12/2022
Governor Tom Wolf today was joined by state and local officials and older Pennsylvanians to celebrate recently signed legislation to expand eligibility in the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly (PACE) and the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly Needs Enhancement Tier (PACENET) programs.

Wolf Administration Highlights PA Senior Food Box Program Improvements, Encourages Seniors to Take Advantage this Winter

12/30/2021
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Aging Secretary Robert Torres today highlighted the Wolf Administration’s successful rebrand of the PA Senior Food Box Program in 2021, formally known as the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. Since taking steps to improve access to and awareness of the program, more than 7,100 new seniors have enrolled.

Department of Aging: New Laws Maintain Enrollee Benefits and Expand Income Eligibility for PACE Enrollees

12/22/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) announced that two bills signed into law by Governor Wolf will renew the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly (PACE) program and the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly Needs Enhancement Tier (PACENET) cost-of-living moratorium, expand income eligibility and eliminate the PACENET premium “clawback.”

Wolf Administration Reminds Pennsylvanians of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Resources During the Holiday Season

12/22/2021
The departments of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), Health (DOH), Human Services (DHS), Aging (PDA), and the Governor’s Office of Advocacy and Reform joined to reinforce the Wolf Administration’s commitment to highlighting trauma-informed mental health and substance use disorder services and resources that are available year-round but often increasingly needed during the holiday season.

Pennsylvania Seniors Create Handmade Ornaments for the State Capitol Holiday Tree

12/20/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging announced that visitors to the State Capitol Main Rotunda during the holiday season can check out handmade ornaments hung on the holiday tree that were created by Pennsylvania seniors.

Reminder: Deadline for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is December 31

12/14/2021
Older adults and people with disabilities have until Friday, December 31, 2021 to apply for rebates on property taxes and rent paid in 2020. The departments of Revenue and Aging are reminding Pennsylvanians that the rebates are available through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, which benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older.

Department of Aging Announces That Penn State Harrisburg Joins Intergenerational Program to Enrich the Lives of College Students and Older Adults

12/01/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) was joined by students and faculty from Penn State Harrisburg along with older adults to announce the expansion of the department’s Intergenerational University Connections Program.

PDA: Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Period Underway, Encourages Beneficiaries to Make Informed Decisions about Their Plan Options

11/18/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging reminds Medicare beneficiaries that the Annual Medicare Open Enrollment Period is now underway until December 7 and Pennsylvania Medicare Education and Decision Insight, PA MEDI, is here to help.

Department of Aging Expands Program to Enrich the Lives of Students and Older Adults

11/16/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) was joined by students and faculty from West Chester University (WCU) and Widener University along with older adults to announce the expansion of the department’s Intergenerational University Connections program.

Wolf Administration Reminds Older Adults about the Importance of Immunizations, COVID-19 Boosters

11/09/2021
With a combined flu vaccine and COVID-19 booster clinic in Bucks County as the backdrop, the Pennsylvania Departments of Aging and Health today stressed the importance of older adults getting their immunizations, particularly with the cold and flu season approaching and the ongoing threat of COVID-19 variants – including the highly transmissible Delta variant.

Wolf Administration Hosts Forum on Early Detection, Diagnosis and Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias

11/04/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging today hosted the 2021 Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD) Forum, which attracted more than 200 stakeholders to participate virtually. This annual forum is convened to provide education and 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's State Plan on ADRD.

Wolf Administration Visits Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Encourages Participation in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

10/20/2021
Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), Department of Aging, and Department of Military and Veterans Affairs&#39; (DMVA) Counterdrug Joint Task Force (CJTF) joined officials from Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center to encourage Pennsylvanians to take part in the Drug Enforcement Administration&#39;s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day initiative this Saturday, October 23. <br><br>&quot;Unused or unwanted medication left inside the home is a potential hazard that can lead to drug misuse, drug addiction or lethal overdose,&quot; said Secretary of Aging Robert Torres. &quot;In an older person&#39;s home, these risks can be amplified. These medications can be stolen, sold, or abused by others for whom they were not prescribed. They can be accidentally ingested or abused by other family members including children. We encourage older adults, their family and caregivers to consider these risks and take proper action to discard unused or unwanted medications.&quot;
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