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ICYMI: Governor Shapiro Signs Executive Order Directing Department of Aging to Develop Master Plan for Older Adults


Harrisburg, PA – On Thursday, Governor Josh Shapiro signed an Executive Order in Scranton, authorizing the Pennsylvania Department of Aging to develop a 10-year, state-led and stakeholder-driven strategic plan designed to help transform the infrastructure and coordination of services for older Pennsylvanians. The master plan will also reflect the needs and preferences of this population to live where they choose and access the supports they need to thrive and age in place. 

As part of creating the plan, the Department will host several regional kickoff events that will be open to anyone interested in hearing about the plan.

The Department of Aging has created a webpage dedicated to the Master Plan for Older Adults,, which provides information on why a master plan is needed, the core tenets, how the department will gather input for the plan, resources and more. 

Individuals who would like to submit input on the plan can either email, provide feedback through an online form or mail the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, c/o Master Plan, 555 Walnut St., 5th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101. 

See what Pennsylvanians are reading about the Executive Order and the Master Plan for Older Adults. 

The Scranton Times-Tribune: In Scranton, Shapiro orders 10-year master plan for state's older adults

"The state Department of Aging will begin work on a 10-year master plan to improve services for older adults, a key priority in the state with a large and rapidly growing senior population.

Gov. Josh Shapiro and Aging Department officials announced the ambitious plan, which will also address the needs of people living with disabilities, at a pair of public events in Scranton on Thursday.

'From lower costs for health care, from independent living to skilled nursing homes, from healthy food to strong community centers, we will listen to Pennsylvania's many seniors and build a plan to address the many challenges that they face,' Shapiro said shortly before signing an executive order directing the department to develop the plan. […]

Area Agency on Aging offices and the Centers for Independent Living will host listening sessions in every county in the state, state Secretary of Aging Jason Kavulich, Lackawanna County's former Area Agency on Aging director, said at a kickoff announcement held later in the day at the DeNaples Center at the University of Scranton."

Bedford Gazette: Shapiro orders 10-year plan to develop services for seniors

Pennsylvania Capital Star: Shapiro orders development of 10-year master plan to help older adults

WGAL: Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro signs executive order aimed at supporting older residents

WTAJ: Executive Order passed for PA Department of Aging to create 10 year 'Master Plan'

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