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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. 


Stay Safe from Summer Heat!

Summer has arrived and so has the hot weather! High temperatures can be especially hard on older adults, so please be sure to stay hydrated, cool and well-rested whenever possible. Move those demanding, outdoor activities to later in the evening and do your best to minimize both emotional and physical stress.

For more information on hot weather tips, contact your local Area Agency on Aging.



Senior Farmers Market Program Now Available

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides eligible older adults with resources in the form of fresh, nutritious, unprocessed, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs from approved farmers' markets in Pennsylvania. The purpose of the program is to increase fresh fruits and vegetables into the diets of older adults and expand the awareness of farmer's markets.  

Pennsylvanians must be 60 or older and meet the income eligibility guidelines. Eligible individuals receive the SFMNP by going to a distribution site in their county. To find out if you are eligible contact your local Area Agency on Aging.


"Let the games begin!"


The Pennsylvania Senior Games have kicked off and will be held throughout the Summer months. Be sure to reach out to your local Area Agency on Aging to find out more about the Senior Games near you.



Governor Corbett Announces Senior Community Center Grant Awards


Governor Tom Corbett announces the award of over $2 million in grants to 36 senior community centers in the commonwealth. To find out more about the awards, click here.



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
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Criminal History Background Checks

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