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 Alzheimer's Disease Planning Committee Seeks Public Comment
The Alzheimer’s Disease Planning Committee was created by executive order by Governor Tom Corbett and named Secretary of Aging Brian Duke as the Chairman. The committee will develop a comprehensive state plan by February 2014 that prescribes ways to address the Alzheimer’s disease crisis in Pennsylvania. For more information about the committee and upcoming meetings, click here.
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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
Flu Shot Locator
Older adults are often at high risk to contract the flu. An effective way to prevent getting the flu during this time of year is to get a flu shot. To find a location where flu shots are being offered near you, click here to access the flu shot locator. For more information regarding flu shot availability for high risk individuals, please call 1-877 PA HEALTH.
Single Largest Investment for Older Adult Programs Included in 2013-14 Budget
An additional $50 million has been included in the FY 2013-14 Budget for older adult programs. It is the single largest investment for older adult programs since the Department of Aging was created. The Pennsylvania Lottery will invest $498 million in the Department's budget. Over $1 billion is invested annually in programs and services for older adults through the support of the Pennsylvania Lottery. This year's budget focuses on ensuring that older Pennsylvanians will be able to obtain long-term care services and supports that provide them with the ability to stay at home or in their communities. The Department of Aging thanks Governor Corbett and the legislature for their commitment to older Pennsylvanians.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Application Deadline Extended to End of Year
The deadline for older adults and residents with disabilities to apply for Pennsylvania's Property tax/ Rent rebate program has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31. To obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) or additional information, visit www.revenue.state.pa.us or by call toll-free 1-888-222-9190.