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."
This year marks the 50th celebration of Older Americans Month and focuses on the theme Unleash the Power of Aging.
Governor Corbett issued a proclamation calling on all Pennsylvanians to honor and recognize the contributions of older Pennsylvanians. To view this proclamation, click here.
We recognize the power of civic engagement and the power of our older citizens through employment or volunteerism to change their communities and truly make a difference. We do this on a foundation established by our fellow citizens and appreciate the contributions our older citizens make each day. Whether it is helping a peer understand the complexities of insurance coverage, helping a resident of a long term care facility address a concern, delivering a meal to someone in need or serving as a volunteer in an organization - our older citizens make a difference.
For this I am sure you join us in a chorus of thanks to our older citizens. We also thank our team at the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, with the Area Agencies on Aging serving Pennsylvania and all providers of service for their dedication.
We will be sharing what we are doing to celebrate throughout the month of May. We invite you to share with us how you witness the Power of Aging during this golden anniversary celebration of Older Americans Month.
2013 Support Housing Awards
The annual Supportive Housing Award recognizes individuals and organizations that have taken a lead role in creating quality housing opportunities in Pennsylvania. Nominees for the award must demonstrate the ability to improve quality of life, support community integration, create a sustainable model of affordability, and provide barrier-free living.
The 2013 Supportive Housing Award was awarded to SeniorCare Network, Inc., of Oakmont for its many programs and initiatives that provide Pennsylvania seniors with quality, affordable housing and services that help them live independently. For more information about the Supportive Housing Awards, click here.
2013 Nutrition Conference
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging this week named the winners of the Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Nutrition for Older Pennsylvanians at the 2013 Nutrition Conference. There are two Secretary’s Awards given out each year: an individual award and a group award, which recognize the enhancement of nutrition programs for older residents of Pennsylvania. To view more information about the Nutrition Conference and this year’s award winners, click here.
Important information for Medicare beneficiaries in Universal Health Care plans in Pennsylvania
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will ensure continuous medical and prescription drug coverage for beneficiaries enrolled in Universal Health Care Medicare health plans that are terminating April 1st. These Medicare Advantage contracts were sponsored by Florida-based Universal Health Care, Inc. (UHC) and Universal Health Care Insurance Company, Inc. (UHIC). To view more information from CMS, click here.
If you have questions about your Medicare benefits, your Local Area Agency on Aging will be able to help. For more information about coverage options, including special rights to purchase a Medigap policy and assistance paying Medicare premiums, deductibles and coinsurance, please contact the APPRISE program at (800) 783-7067 or (717) 783-8975 or click here.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program
Property Tax/Rent Rebate application forms and assistance are available at no cost from Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and state legislators’ offices. For more information, click here.
Governor Corbett's 2013-14 Budget Address
To access documents that review aspects of the Governor's proposed budget, click here.
2012-2016 State Plan on Aging
The goals and objectives set forth in this plan seek to ensure that Pennsylvanians will age and live well and that our communities are places to age and live well; ensure that Pennsylvanians have access to care at the right time, with the right intensity and in the right setting; and bring the best of Pennsylvania to Pennsylvanians.
To learn more about the state plan, click here or on the widget below