Warren, PA – Today, Department of Aging Secretary Robert Torres and Department of Community and Economic Development Northwest Regional Director Tina Mengine visited the Allegheny Community Center to host a listening session for local seniors about Governor Wolf's Restore PA initiative and how it would positively affect individuals in rural areas.
"Warren County has been highlighted as an area in Pennsylvania that is extremely lacking in broadband access, so traveling to these rural parts of the state and meeting with those affected to hear their stories and explain how Restore PA can address not only broadband concerns, but many other infrastructure issues that are impacting seniors and their families, is imperative," said Sec. Torres.
Sec. Torres highlighted infrastructure issues most relative to older adults that Restore PA is targeting to improve, many of which were identified by the Pennsylvania Council on Aging (PCoA) last month when they unanimously voted to support Governor Wolf's Restore PA proposal. PCoA's role is to advocate for Pennsylvania seniors, and to advise the governor and the Department of Aging on the planning, coordination, and delivery of services to these individuals. The following measures were identified as to how Restore PA would benefit seniors across the state:
- Storm preparedness and natural recovery
- Public transportation
- Contaminant remediation
- Social isolation
Restore PA would invest $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant, high-impact infrastructure projects throughout the commonwealth, and is the most aggressive infrastructure plan in generations. PCoA acknowledges that additional Restore Pennsylvania initiatives would also largely benefit seniors across the commonwealth and are eager to lend their voices to the passage and implementation of legislation.
Director Mengine discussed additional aspects of the Restore Pennsylvania initiative, including the importance of having our seniors engaged with others so as to avoid the negative impact of social isolation. Connecting to one's family, friends and community via high speed internet has been shown to have a long-term benefit for our seniors.
The listening session closed with a Q&A for attendees, and an opportunity to share their personal experiences with Sec. Torres and Director Mengine about infrastructure issues living in a rural area.
To learn more, view the full Restore Pennsylvania plan.
Learn more about the Pennsylvania Department of Aging here.
MEDIA CONTACT: Rachel Wrigley, 717-585-4435
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