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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 Department of Aging Celebrates 35 Years of Service to Older Pennsylvanians


On February 27, 1979, Gorham Black took the oath of office as the first Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.


The Pennsylvania Department of Aging was created through legislation and signed into law by Governor Milton Shapp to provide older adults wih programs and services that would enrich their quality of life. 


The department begins a yearlong celebration of its service to improve the quality of life of older Pennsylvanians by empowering diverse communities, the family and the individual.


"Proudly serving Pennsylvanians for 35 years."



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, including identifying effective ways to provide better coordinated methods of administering long-term care programs and services and ensuring quality health care for older Pennsylvanians and individuals with disabilities. Secretary of Public Welfare Beverly Mackereth and Secretary of Aging Brian Duke serve as the Commission’s co-chairs. For more information, click on the icon.


The first public meeting will be held on April 11, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at 333 Market Street, Honors Suite, Harrisburg




Governor Corbett's 2014-15 Proposed Budget Continues Commitment to Older Pennsylvanians


Governor Corbett's proposed 2014-15 budget continues his commitment to serving older Pennsylvanians.  His proposal includes an increase on $14 million for PENNCARE for the continued reduction of the waiting list for the Options program, which serves people in their homes and communities; an increase of $6.206 million directed for Attendant Care recipients turning 60; and continued support for senior community centers through a $2 million grant program.


Governor Corbett's proposed budget focuses on ensuring that older Pennsylvanians will be able to have access to stay at home or in their communities.


The Department of Aging thanks Governor Corbett for his commitment to older Pennsylvanians.  For more information on the 2014-15 proposal, visit http://www.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx



Pennsylvania State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders


Secretary of Aging Brian Duke on behalf of the Pennsylvania Alzheimer's Disease Planning Committee presented the Pennsylvania State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders on February 7, 2014 to Governor Tom Corbett. The plan provides recommendations to the Governor on addressing the epidemic of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders in the commonwealth. To view the Pennsylvania State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders, click here.

For more information about the committee, click here. 


Senior Community Center Grant Opportunity


Application submissions closed on March 31, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Thank you for your interest.  Future grant opportunities will be posted on this webpage.


Selected grantees will be notified of awardes by April 30, 2014.


2014 PA Department of Aging Nutrition Conference - April 30 - May 1, 2014

The Department of Aging's Nutrition Conference will be held on April 30 - May 1, 2014 at the Wyndham Gettysburg. This year's theme is Maintaining Senior Health - Food Can Help. The conference is designed for dietitians, dietary managers, Area Agency on Aging staff, Meals on Wheels, food vendors, senior community center directors and persons associated with meal programs for older adults. Continuing education credits (CEUs) are available for Registered Dietitians and Certified Dietary Managers who attend.

For registration information and form click here. Registration deadline is April 16.

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 is June 30, 2014.

You may request an application form by mail, download a form from the Department of Revenue's website or obtain a paper form from the Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and local legislators' offices. 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.

Video: Practical Strategies for Lowering Caregiver Stress

“Practical Strategies for Lowering Caregiver Stress” is a video produced by the Department of Aging. 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


Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Department of Aging
555 Walnut Street, 5th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101-1919

Telephone: (717) 783-1550
Fax: (717) 783-6842
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