Pennsylvania Department of Aging

Pennsylvania Department of Aging The Pennsylvania Department of Aging oversees and administers aging services and advocates on behalf of Pennsylvania’s more than three million residents age 60 and over.

Operating as usual

From all of us at the Department of Aging, may you and your family have a safe and blessed day.
11/26/2020

From all of us at the Department of Aging, may you and your family have a safe and blessed day.

Happy Thanksgiving, Pennsylvania! 🦃🍁

Experiencing mask discomfort?  There’s a solution for that!  Check out common mask issues and how to fix them. We must a...
11/25/2020

Experiencing mask discomfort? There’s a solution for that! Check out common mask issues and how to fix them. We must all correctly wear a mask, wash our hands and social distance to help stop the spread of COVID-19. www.pa.gov/covid/

The Pennsylvania Council on Aging has released an interactive guide with information and resources to help older adults ...
11/24/2020

The Pennsylvania Council on Aging has released an interactive guide with information and resources to help older adults cultivate a healthy mind, body and spirit amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tools available in the SOLO: Strengthening Older Lives Online guide include:
• Activities & videos to help stay mentally, spiritually, and physically fit
• Resources available to assist with those three areas
• Short questionnaires to build active health plans

The interactive guide is available in:
English: https://my.visme.co/view/4d8vmyqz-solo
Spanish: https://my.visme.co/view/mxr0069j-solo-espanol

We held our fourth annual Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Forum earlier this month. The forum is held every No...
11/20/2020

We held our fourth annual Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Forum earlier this month. The forum is held every November to highlight National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. November is also National Family Caregivers Month.

The forum showcased a panel discussion of caregivers of loved ones who lived with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. Lisette Carbajal, who cared for her father who lived Alzheimer’s, shared: “As a former millennial caregiver, learning to balance my personal and professional life was challenging. Caring for my father was always my number one priority. Therefore, it was important for my employer to understand my responsibility as his caregiver and provide me with the flexibility I needed to care for him.”

Read more about the ADRD Forum here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/aging_details.aspx?newsid=276

Pennsylvania Department of Health
11/19/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Today Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine announced targeted efforts to control the spread of #COVID19 in Pennsylvania, including:

▪️ Issuing a memo to acute care hospital CEOs/CMOs outlining opportunity to work collaboratively and expectations if they don’t to ensure health systems can provide care to Pennsylvanians who need it
▪️ Issuing an order requiring anyone who visits Pennsylvania from another state to get tested w/in 72 hours before entering PA. Pennsylvanians who traveled to other states must follow same rules when coming home. Does not apply to those who commute to/from another state for work or medical treatment
▪️ Strengthening the masking order. Masks are still required. Indoors: masks now required anytime you’re with people outside of your household, even if you’re socially distant. Applies to all indoor facilities and if you have people in your home not part of your household
▪️ DOH and the Pennsylvania Department of Education issuing recommendations for colleges and universities to develop and implement a testing strategy to prevent outbreaks when students return to campus from the holiday break

ℹ️ More information about the targeted efforts: https://bit.ly/3lFtcLb

The Annual Medicare Open Enrollment Period is underway, and free counseling is available to older Pennsylvanians from th...
11/17/2020

The Annual Medicare Open Enrollment Period is underway, and free counseling is available to older Pennsylvanians from the APPRISE program.

Beneficiaries have until December 7 to sign up or make any changes to their prescription drug coverage and health plans to complement Medicare. Older adults can call the APPRISE Helpline at 1-800-783-7067 to find an open enrollment event in their area.

More information is available here: https://www.aging.pa.gov/aging-services/medicare-counseling/Pages/default.aspx

For all who celebrates, may you and your family have a wonderful festival of lights.
11/14/2020

For all who celebrates, may you and your family have a wonderful festival of lights.

Happy Diwali and Tihar to all Pennsylvanians celebrating the festival of lights.

Pennsylvania continues to see high numbers of COVID-19 cases. We must all do our part to unite against COVID, including ...
11/13/2020

Pennsylvania continues to see high numbers of COVID-19 cases. We must all do our part to unite against COVID, including wearing a mask while in public and staying six feet apart.

These small steps make a big difference in keeping our families and communities open and safe. www.pa.gov/covid/

The Department of Aging thanks all older Pennsylvania veterans for their service, on this day and every day. #veteransda...
11/11/2020

The Department of Aging thanks all older Pennsylvania veterans for their service, on this day and every day. #veteransday2020

Today is Veterans Day, but the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs recognizes the service and sacrifices made by Pennsylvania veterans all year long. Thank you for making our country and commonwealth a safer place. #VeteransDay2020

Our friends at the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs has launched PA VetConnect, a website design...
11/10/2020
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Our friends at the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs has launched PA VetConnect, a website designed to connect veterans, especially our older adult veterans, to resources no matter where they live.

There are some areas of Pennsylvania that do not have formal programs for our vets due to lack of funding, but this website addresses those gaps through coordination and community partnerships.

Welcome to PA VETConnect - the pathway to a better means of serving Pennsylvania’s nearly 800,000 veterans. The objectives of PA VetConnect are simple: determine the needs of veterans and their beneficiaries, find resources that meet those needs, and connect veterans with those resources. DMVA has...

We recently held our fourth annual Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Forum, which this year focused on racial di...
11/06/2020

We recently held our fourth annual Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Forum, which this year focused on racial disparities and inequalities in early detection, diagnosis and treatment of this disease. The forum is held every November to highlight National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. November is also National Family Caregivers Month.

The forum featured a panel discussion of caregivers of loved ones who lived with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. Carol B. Amos, who cared for her mother who lived with Alzheimer’s, shared: “Being a remote caregiver was mentally draining. It was hard watching Mom decline and struggle while we were trying to define our role as her adult children. The doctor said Mom did not meet the formal definition for Alzheimer’s but had Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). My brothers and I had to be advocates for our mother. Although we were relentless about obtaining an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, it was still devastating to know that Mom was actually on the debilitating path of Alzheimer’s disease. My brothers and I had many challenges during our Alzheimer’s journey but I cannot just talk about the issues. Our journey was filled with God’s rays of hope.”

Read more about the ADRD Forum here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/aging_details.aspx?newsid=276

November is National Family Caregiver Month, a time to honor the people who step up in order to care for their loved one...
11/04/2020

November is National Family Caregiver Month, a time to honor the people who step up in order to care for their loved ones. According to AARP, there are 1.59 million family caregivers who provide 1.33 billion hours of care in Pennsylvania.

Whether you, or someone you know, is a caregiver of a child or an adult, we are here for you. Learn about the resources available by visiting: https://www.aging.pa.gov/aging-services/caregiver-support/Pages/default.aspx

PA Department of State
11/03/2020

PA Department of State

Today is #ElectionDay. Polls are open from 7 am - 8 pm. If you are in line by 8 pm, you can still vote.

🗳️ Find your polling place: votesPA.com/Polls
🏢 Learn more about voting in person: votesPA.com/AtThePolls
✉️ Return your voted mail ballots: votesPA.com/ReturnBallot

Here's some news you can use about tomorrow's #ElectionDay from our friends at PA Department of State.Also, here's what ...
11/02/2020

Here's some news you can use about tomorrow's #ElectionDay from our friends at PA Department of State.

Also, here's what you can expect the polling place: votesPA.com/AtThePolls

Tomorrow is #ElectionDay and polling places will be open from 7 am – 8 pm. Have you made a plan to vote yet?

Locate your polling place: votesPA.com/polls
Find where to drop off your voted mail ballot: votesPA.com/ReturnBallot

#votesPA #ReadyToVotePA

Here’s a reminder for you before heading to bed tonight.
10/31/2020

Here’s a reminder for you before heading to bed tonight.

Make it a fall back tradition! Change your clocks⏰ + change your alarm batteries🔋 this weekend. Working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors save lives.

More tips:
🛏️ Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home.
⬆️ A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall.
👆 Test all smoke alarms at least once a month by pressing the test button.
➕ It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.
🚨 People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use alarms with strobe lights and bed shakers.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3mIscq5. #BeFireSafePA

Ombudsmen’s Virtual Bingo Connects Residents with Facts and Fun The State Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman hosted a vi...
10/30/2020

Ombudsmen’s Virtual Bingo Connects Residents with Facts and Fun

The State Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman hosted a virtual bingo to celebrate Residents’ Rights Month. This year’s theme is “connection matters,” and the game showcased one of the great ways the office is connecting with residents in long-term care facilities.

About 90 residents and 365 PEERs participated in the game, which was held over two separate sessions. This wasn’t your average bingo though: Every time a number was called, the bingo caller read off a fact about residents’ rights.

Shoutout to Kandy Schreffler, PEER coordinator, and everyone who made this event a success!

Join the Department of Aging and thousands of your fellow Pennsylvanians to stop the spread of COVID-19. Download the fr...
10/28/2020

Join the Department of Aging and thousands of your fellow Pennsylvanians to stop the spread of COVID-19. Download the free COVID Alert PA app to receive real-time alerts of COVID-19 in your community.

The app is completely anonymous. It will NEVER collect, transmit or store your personal information. It DOES NOT use GPS, location services or any movement or geographical information.

Let's all stand united against COVID! https://www.pa.gov/covid/covid-alert-pa/

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
10/27/2020

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Hey, PA voters! Today at 5 p.m. is the deadline to:

➡️ Sign up to vote by mail ballot: VotesPA.com/MailBallot.
➡️ Vote early in person at your county-designated location: VotesPA.com/EarlyVoting.

📨 Have your mail ballot? Return it in person by November 3: VotesPA.com/ReturnBallot.

In honor of Residents’ Rights Month, we want to give a shout out to some of our employees who helped residents of long-t...
10/26/2020

In honor of Residents’ Rights Month, we want to give a shout out to some of our employees who helped residents of long-term care facilities connect with loved ones and the outside world.

The staff packed up cell phones and tablets to ship to facilities that expressed the greatest need as part of a partnership with PDA and AARP Pennsylvania Office. Lots of hard work (and teamwork!) went into launching this pilot program. A huge thank you to all!

Read more about the partnership here: www.media.pa.gov/pages/aging_details.aspx?newsid=260

Tomorrow, Saturday 10/24.
10/23/2020

Tomorrow, Saturday 10/24.

This Saturday (10/24) is National Prescription Drug #TakeBackDay

Do your part to combat misuse + overdose by disposing of old/unwanted prescription drugs.

📍 Find a DEA collection site: takebackday.dea.gov
📍 Find a permanent collection site: ddap.pa.gov/drugtakeback

A recent study on financial exploitation done by the Department of Aging found that 61% of the victims are female, aroun...
10/22/2020

A recent study on financial exploitation done by the Department of Aging found that 61% of the victims are female, around 79 years old, widowed and live alone in an urban community.

To read more about the financial exploitation study and the Department of Aging’s recommendations for how the commonwealth can strengthen prevention efforts, visit https://www.aging.pa.gov/publications/older-adults-financial-exploitation-study/Pages/default.aspx

If you suspect you or a loved one may be suffering from financial or any form of abuse, report it immediately: https://www.aging.pa.gov/aging-services/Pages/Report-Elder-Abuse.aspx.

CONGRATULATIONS to these five residents of Platinum Ridge Center for Rehab & Healing in Allegheny County for completing ...
10/20/2020

CONGRATULATIONS to these five residents of Platinum Ridge Center for Rehab & Healing in Allegheny County for completing the training to become Pennsylvania Empowered Expert Residents (PEERs).

PEERs are trained advocates under the State Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman, and because they live in a long-term care community, they are experts in making recommendations on improving the living conditions within their own homes and facilities.

For more information about the PEER Program, check out: https://www.aging.pa.gov/aging-services/Pages/Ombudsman.aspx

Wear a mask. 😷 Wash your hands. 🧼 Social distance. 🚶-----------🚶Get tested when showing symptoms 🤒 Download the COVID Al...
10/19/2020

Wear a mask. 😷
Wash your hands. 🧼
Social distance. 🚶-----------🚶
Get tested when showing symptoms 🤒
Download the COVID Alert PA app 📱
We must all do our part to unite against COVID. www.pa.gov/covid/

Residents’ Rights Month is observed each October to emphasize the importance of quality care for all residents in nursin...
10/15/2020

Residents’ Rights Month is observed each October to emphasize the importance of quality care for all residents in nursing homes and long-term care settings.

We encourage long-term care residents and their family members to know their rights and to reach out to their local Ombudsman with any care concerns or questions.

Check out www.aging.pa.gov/ombudsman to learn more about the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.

Medicare Open Enrollment begins this Thursday, October 15!Older adults’ health needs can change from year to year. So ca...
10/13/2020

Medicare Open Enrollment begins this Thursday, October 15!

Older adults’ health needs can change from year to year. So can Medicare plan costs and coverage. Pennsylvania’s APPRISE program offers FREE Medicare counseling from objective, specially trained volunteers.

Seniors can find lower costs or better coverage, or just make sure their current plan is still the best way to go.

Visit https://www.aging.pa.gov/medicare-help

When you're leaving your house, don't forget your mask. Also make sure it:✅ covers your nose and mouth✅ fits snugly agai...
10/09/2020

When you're leaving your house, don't forget your mask. Also make sure it:
✅ covers your nose and mouth
✅ fits snugly against the sides of your face

Do NOT wear a mask:
❌ around your neck
❌ on your forehead
❌ under your nose
❌ only on your nose
❌ on your chin
❌ dangling from one ear
❌ on your arm

It's a small thing we can each do to protect ourselves and those around us. Mask Up PA!

Learn more about how to stop the spread of COVID-19 by visiting https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Stop-the-Spread.aspx.

The deadline to participate in the 2020 Census has now been extended until October 31. Our final Census count determines...
10/07/2020

The deadline to participate in the 2020 Census has now been extended until October 31.

Our final Census count determines federal funding for critical programs supporting older Pennsylvanians and families – including Medicaid, Medicare Part B, Nutrition Services, SNAP, and more.

Responding is easy and your privacy is protected! Visit https://www.pa.gov/census/.

COVID-19 Common Symptoms ReminderIt’s important to stay alert for COVID-19 symptoms so you can get the care you need and...
10/02/2020

COVID-19 Common Symptoms Reminder

It’s important to stay alert for COVID-19 symptoms so you can get the care you need and prevent exposing anyone else to the virus.

People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms that usually appear within 2-14 days of exposure and can include:
• Fever
• Cough
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Diarrhea
• Chills
• Repeated shaking with chills
• Muscle pain
• Headache
• Sore throat
• New loss of taste or smell

For more information on symptoms and testing visit https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Symptoms-Testing.aspx

You can also download the new Alert PA app to help keep track of any symptoms you might be having! Visit pa.gov/covid/covid-alert-pa to learn more.

🍎🍎🍎 Proper nutrition is key to a healthy life, and as we age, it becomes even more important - helping to stave off dise...
09/30/2020

🍎🍎🍎 Proper nutrition is key to a healthy life, and as we age, it becomes even more important - helping to stave off disease, increasing brain function and reducing visits to the hospital.

Learn about the programs and services available to help ensure you and your loved ones have nutritious well-rounded meals daily! www.aging.pa.gov/meals

A recent study on financial exploitation done by the Department of Aging found that elder financial abuse was one of the...
09/29/2020

A recent study on financial exploitation done by the Department of Aging found that elder financial abuse was one of the top five most frequently reported allegations of abuse.

Financial exploitation can take many forms – the most common are stealing cash, unauthorized cash withdrawals, misuse of ATMs, unauthorized debit or credit card use, financial scams, and check fraud with unauthorized bank withdrawals alone, accounting for more than $5 million, or 46%, of total losses.

To read more about the financial exploitation study and the Department of Aging’s recommendations for how the commonwealth can strengthen prevention efforts visit https://www.aging.pa.gov/publications/older-adults-financial-exploitation-study/Pages/default.aspx

If you suspect you or a loved one may be suffering from financial or any form of abuse – report it immediately - https://www.aging.pa.gov/aging-services/Pages/Report-Elder-Abuse.aspx.

Don’t forget to reply to the census!In order for PA to receive the funding we need to provide resources and services - b...
09/28/2020

Don’t forget to reply to the census!

In order for PA to receive the funding we need to provide resources and services - both at the state and local level – we need to have a complete and accurate Census count.

Responding is easy and your privacy is protected! Visit https://www.pa.gov/census/.

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