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"Enhancing the quality of life of all older Pennsylvanians by empowering diverse communities, the family and the individual."

Pennsylvania State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders

In June of 2014, Governor Tom Corbett approved the Pennsylvania State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD), which proposes recommendations and a strategic approach to addressing the growth of the disease and related disorders in Pennsylvania. To view the plan, click here. For more information about the Pennsylvania Alzheimer's Disease Planning Committee responsible for the plan, click here. 


Grant Opportunities Announced - $2 Million

2014-2015 Senior Community Center Grants 


On the behalf of Gov. Tom Corbett, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) is proud to announce a new grant funding opportunity for Pennsylvania’s Senior Community Centers that includes $2 million to be awarded in 2014-15. The grants are intended to enable Senior Community Centers to develop a more diverse membership and increase participation, expand and increase quality programming, further modernize facilities, and encourage sustainable and innovative programs and services.

Grant applications will be evaluated for how effectively they advance one or more of the four goals listed in PDA’s 2012-2016 State Plan on Aging. The grant application period opens on Aug. 11, 2014, and applications are due no later than Sept. 8, 2014, by 5 p.m. Visit the Senior Center Grants Page
 to access the application submission instructions and required attachments.

For questions, contact Suzanne Bellotti, Department of Aging’s Senior Center Program Coordinator, at
mailto:RA-paseniorcenters@pa.gov or (717) 783-1550.



August is National Immunization Awareness Month


All adults should get vaccines to protect them from illnesses.  Immunization is especially important for adults 60 and older, particularly those with a chronic condition or disease.  Immunizations are safe and help older adults stay healthy.

This observance is intended to bring awareness about the importance of getting the proper immunizations to prevent illnesses. To find vaccine providers in your community, click here.



Older Worker Friendly Employers Being Sought by the PA Hall of Fame of Champions of Older Workers Committee


 The PA Hall of Fame of Champions of Older Workers Committee is currently seeking nominations for employers who provide programs which support workers age 55 and older for the 2015 Hall of Fame Champions Award.  The winner will be honored during the Pennsylvania Employer Awards Luncheon, held on May 6, 2015.


Please submit nomination forms to  Rocco Claroni, PA Department of Aging, 555 Walnut Street – 5th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101-1919 or by e-mail  to rclaroni@pa.gov.   To download a nomination form or to find out more about the criteria for the award, click on the link below. 


Nomination Form



Senior Farmers Market Program Now Available

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides eligible older adults with resources in the form of fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs from approved farmers' markets in Pennsylvania.  To find out if you are eligible contact your local Area Agency on Aging.


The Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Commission


The Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Commission (LTCC) is part of Governor Tom Corbett’s Healthy Pennsylvania plan to ensure access to quality, affordable health care. The commission will focus on improving the current long-term care system and believes that public input is critical to fulfilling its mission. Over the next several months, the Commission will be convening a series of public input meetings throughout the Commonwealth. For more information, click on the icon.




Governor Corbett Signs 2014-15 Proposed Budget and Fiscal Code, Vetoes Specific Legislative Appropriations and

Places Legislative Spending Initiatives into Budgetary Reserves


Governor Tom Corbett on July 10, signed House Bill 2328, the 2014-15 state budget, and House Bill 278, the 2014-15 Fiscal Code.  Concerned with the revenue assumptions used by the House and Senate in crafting the budget, the governor chose to use his line-item veto authority to reduce spending and ensure the state was meeting revenue estimates.  To view the news release, click here. For more information on the 2014-15 budget, visit http://www.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx 



Governor Corbett Signs Budget Continuing Investments in "Healthy PA"


Governor Corbett signed into law the 2014-15 budget that invests more than $12.8 billion in total funds for health and human services prgrams that will help inclrease access to quality, affordable healthcare.  To read more from the news release click here.



Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older; and individuals with disabilities age 18 and older on limited incomes may be eligible to receive rebates on money paid for property taxes or rent during the prior year. Deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2013 has been extended from June 30 to December 31, 2014.  Click here to visit the Department of Revenue's website or call 1-888-222-9190 for information.

Property tax/rent rebates are funded through the proceeds of the Pennsylvania Lottery.


Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Department of Aging
555 Walnut Street, 5th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101-1919
Telephone: (717) 783-1550
Fax: (717) 783-6842
Email us at

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Criminal History Background Checks

For more information on criminal history background check, call 717-265-7887