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Pennsylvania State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Forum
The Department of Aging on Wednesday, September 24, held its first stakeholder gathering following Governor Corbett’s acceptance of the Pennsylvania State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD) earlier this year. More than 150 individuals joined the department to discuss strategies and identify actions steps for the plan’s implementation. For more information on the forum, click here. To view the State Plan, click here.
National Falls Prevention Awareness Day in September
Every year on the first day of Fall, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging recognizes National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Across the commonwealth, an older Pennsylvanian is hospitalized every 11 minutes for a fall-related injury. Studies have shown that Falls Prevention classes can help prevent a fall. For information on the two Healthy Steps free falls prevention classes offered by the Department of Aging, visit our PrimeTime Health page. For local class listings, call us at (717) 783-1550, download our September PrimeTime Health schedule or contact your local Area Agency on Aging.
September is Senior Community Center Month
There are 550 senior community centers throughout Pennsylvania that provide a combination of health and wellness activities such as exercise classes, falls prevention education, preventative programs and nutritious meals.
Senior community centers also provide a variety of opportunities for older adults to socialize, obtain information about services and supports, learn a new skill, volunteer to help their community or enhance their health. Centers work closely with their Area Agencies on Aging to provide access to legal assistance, health screening, senior employment and volunteer programs.
Recently, Governor Tom Corbett awarded grants totaling $2 million to various senior centers throughout the commonwealth. The grants will provide opportunities to update facilities and implement innovative programs to meet the needs of current and future members.
To learn more about senior community centers in your area, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To download a nomination form or to find out more about the criteria for the award, click on the link below.
Senior Farmers Market Program Now Available
Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides eligible older adults with resources in the form of fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs from approved farmers' markets in Pennsylvania. To find out if you are eligible contact your local Area Agency on Aging.
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.
The department encourages surviving spouses, personal representatives and estates of residents who lived at least one day in 2013 to explore other rebate program criteria and claim rebates on behalf of eligible decedents by the Dec. 31 program application deadline. 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 email@example.com