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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.



Historic Healthy PA Program Launches to Reform Medicaid & Increase Access to Private Market Health Coverage


Governor Tom Corbett made an historic announcement that the state has secured an agreement with the federal government to implement the portion of his Healthy Pennsylvania plan that will improve and bring financial stability to the state’s Medicaid program so that the state can increase access to quality, affordable health care through the private insurance market. The announcement does not affect Medicare or Medicaid long-term care coverage. For more information, visit www.HealthyPA.com.



 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.



2014-2015 Senior Community Center Grant Opportunities Announced


On the behalf of Gov. Tom Corbett, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) is proud to announce a new grant funding opportunity for Pennsylvania’s Senior Community Centers that includes $2 million to be awarded in 2014-15. The grants are intended to enable Senior Community Centers to develop a more diverse membership and increase participation, expand and increase quality programming, further modernize facilities, and encourage sustainable and innovative programs and services.


Grant applications will be evaluated for how effectively they advance one or more of the four goals listed in PDA’s 2012-2016 State Plan on Aging. The grant application period opens on Aug. 11, 2014, and applications are due no later than Sept. 8, 2014, by 5 p.m. Visit the Senior Center Grants Page to access the application submission instructions and required attachments.


For questions, contact Suzanne Bellotti, Department of Aging’s Senior Center Program Coordinator, at mailto:RA-paseniorcenters@pa.gov or (717) 783-1550.



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



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 aging@pa.gov

Department of Aging  







Criminal History Background Checks

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