Department of Aging
Welcome to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Department of Aging Website. Our mission: "Enhancing the quality of life of all older Pennsylvanians by empowering diverse communities, the family and the individual."
Pennsylvania Alzheimer's Disease Planning Committee Seeks Public Comment
The Alzheimer’s Disease Planning Committee was created by executive order by Governor Tom Corbett and named Secretary of Aging Brian Duke as the Chairman. The committee will develop a comprehensive state plan by February 2014 that prescribes ways to address the Alzheimer’s disease crisis in Pennsylvania. For more information about the committee and upcoming meetings, click here.
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Video: Practical Strategies for Lowering Caregiver Stress
“Practical Strategies for Lowering Caregiver Stress” is a video produced by the Department of Aging as part of their caregiver educational video series and in recognition of National Family Caregivers Month.
The video features Dr. Steven H. Zarit, a Distinguished Professor, the head of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State University, as well as a renowned researcher in caregiving. In the video, Zarit provides information about how to effectively manage stress for caregivers and how to care for a loved one with memory loss. To view this video, click here. To view other department videos, visit http://www.youtube.com/PADepartmentofAging
Flu Shot Locator
Older adults are often at high risk to contract the flu. An effective way to prevent getting the flu during this time of year is to get a flu shot. To find a location where flu shots are being offered near you, click here to access the flu shot locator. For more information regarding flu shot availability for high risk individuals, please call 1-877 PA HEALTH.
Medicare Open Enrollment
Do you or someone you know have Medicare? Mark your calendars for Medicare Open Enrollment, which starts October 15th and ends on December 7th. This is an opportunity for you to make sure your current Medicare choices are right for you by comparing them to coverage that is available next year. You may be able to save money, get better coverage or both. Also, make sure you take advantage of benefits that are available for people with Medicare, like wellness visits, preventative care and lower prescription drug costs.
We understand that this year may be more confusing than in the past since the Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment is running at the same time as the Medicare open enrollment period. In addition, you may be wondering how the Affordable Care Act affects you as a Medicare beneficiary. Click here to find out more.
It is well worth taking the time to review and compare. If you need help or to find out more, call APPRISE at 1-800-783-7067 or 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 have provided any of the following for older workers (age 55 and older): Active recruitment, creative programs for retention, phased retirement plans, flexible work arrangements, retraining, mentoring programs, pre-retirement financial planning, and other.
There will be one winner selected from the nominations received. The winner will be honored during the Pennsylvania Employer Awards Luncheon, which will be held on May 8, 2014 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. Anyone can nominate an employer. To nominate an employer, click on the nomination form link below and complete the nomination form. Submit the completed nomination form by December 6, 2013 to Rocco Claroni, PA Department of Aging, 555 Walnut Street – 5th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101-1919. You may also e-mail the completed nomination form to Rocco Claroni at email@example.com. To download the nomination form, click here.
Single Largest Investment for Older Adult Programs Included in 2013-14 Budget
An additional $50 million has been included in the FY 2013-14 Budget for older adult programs. It is the single largest investment for older adult programs since the Department of Aging was created. The Pennsylvania Lottery will invest $498 million in the Department's budget. Over $1 billion is invested annually in programs and services for older adults through the support of the Pennsylvania Lottery. This year's budget focuses on ensuring that older Pennsylvanians will be able to obtain long-term care services and supports that provide them with the ability to stay at home or in their communities. The Department of Aging thanks Governor Corbett and the legislature for their commitment to older Pennsylvanians.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Application Deadline Extended to End of Year
The deadline for older adults and residents with disabilities to apply for Pennsylvania's Property tax/ Rent rebate program has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31. To obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) or additional information, visit www.revenue.state.pa.us or by call toll-free 1-888-222-9190.