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November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and Caregiver Support Month


In 1983, November was designated as National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer's disease; today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million nationally.  In Pennsylvania, nearly 400,000 individuals are living with Alzheimer's disease or related disorders.


This is the time, reflect on those who are providing care to persons living with Alzheimer's disease or related disorders and to say thank you to them for their dedication to their loved ones.  The Department of Aging is committed to enhancing awareness about the disease and providing information and support.  One such demonstration of this is through the creation of the Pennsylvania State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders. For more information on the State Plan, click here.


Caregivers provide millions of hours of care for loved ones.  Familiy caregivers make essential social and financial contributions toward maintaining the well-being of those whom they provide care. The Alzheimer's Association estimates that in 2013, 669,000 family and friends in Pennsylvania provided 762 million hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer's and other dementias - care valued at $9.5 million.


The department's Pennsylvania Caregiver Support Program provides benefits to primary caregivers to relieve caregiver burden. Individuals should contact their Area Agency on Aging to find out more about the program.  Services may include reimbursement for supplies/services paid for by the caregiver, counseling, information and referral to other area services, caregiver education/training and respite.  For more information on the Pennsylvania Caregiver Support Program,

click here



Happy Birthday PACE!


The Pennsylvania Department of Aging joins the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly Program (PACE) in celebrating its 30th Anniversary. Since the program began in 1984, PACE has provided Pennsylvanians in need with assistance for prescriptions that, in some cases, are lifesaving.


For more information on PACE, click here.



Medicare Open Enrollment


Medicare Open Enrollment begins October 15 and goes to December 7. Medicare beneficiaries are encouraged to seek help with finding out changes in Medicare benefits and evaluate what health care insurance plan meets their needs.


The Department of Aging's APPRISE program offers free, one-on-one health insurance counseling to assist Pennsylvanians with Medicare.  APPRISE counselors are trained volunteers who can answer questions about Medicare and work with Area Agencies on Aging at the local level.  They provide objective, easy-to-understand information about Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Medicaid, and long-term care insurance in order for older adults to compare plans and determine which one best meets their needs.


Area Agencies on Aging offer enrollment events where counselors are able to provide older adults with information. You do not need to attend an enrollment event to receive assistance.


To receive information related to your Medicare plan or to find an enrollment event, call 1-800-783-7067 or click here. To learn more about the APPRISE program click here



2014-15 Senior Community Center Grants Awarded


The Corbett Administration has provided $2 million to 67 centers across Pennsylvania. The grant program is in its second year and is part of the largest-ever single investment in home- and community-based services through the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.


Grants will provide opportunities for centers to modernize, encourage technology improvements, expand innovative programming, and better meet the needs of their current and future participants.


For more information, click here.  




The Permanent Supportive Housing Award


The Pennsylvania Departments of Aging and Public Welfare, and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency are seeking nominations to recognize initiatives and honor individuals and organizations for their dedication and leadership to increasing permanent supportive housing opportunities for veterans in Pennsylvania. The award will be presented to an individual or organization, whose program offers new and creative approaches to supportive, accessible and affordable housing, maximizing the availability of services and positive opportunities for residents.


Permanent Supportive Housing is a cost-effective alternative to institutional living that allows residents a safe, accessible, community-based home.


Award Information Overview

Organization Award Application

Individual Award Application



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



The Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Commission


The Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Commission (LTCC) is part of Governor Tom Corbett’s Healthy PA 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 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.


Beginning with claim year 2013, the Department of Revenue will pay property tax and rent rebate claims filed on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day during a claim year and meet all other eligibility criteria. Such claims can be filed by spouses, personal representatives or estates, on behalf of deceased claimants. Click here to visit the Department of Revenue's website or call 1-888-222-9190 for information.



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 aging@pa.gov


Department of Aging  







Criminal History Background Checks

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