Consolidation Proposed for PA Human Services Agencies

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Governor Tom Wolf is proposing that four Pennsylvania agencies be consolidated into a new Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The merger would involve the current Departments of Aging (PDA), Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), Health (DOH), and Human Services (DHS). According to a press release issued by the Governor’s office: Seniors will also […]

PA State Plan on Aging for 2016-2020

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Every four years, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) is required by both state and federal law to develop and submit a “State Plan on Aging” to the federal government. The Plan is required for Pennsylvania to receive federal funds under the Older Americans Act. The four year plan is intended to provide a vision […]

New Leaders Named for PA Aging Related Posts

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In Harrisburg, new leaders have been named for agencies and legislative committees that deal with issues related to older adults. Here is a listing of some of the key positions. Agency Leaders Governor Tom Wolf has announced that he has chosen Teresa Osborne, who has been the executive director of the Luzerne/Wyoming Counties Area Agency […]

Senior Centers: More than Meals and Bingo

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In 1965 Congress enacted the Older Americans Act (OAA) to support community social services for older persons. The OAA established the Administration on Aging and state aging agencies in each state. As a result, each community in Pennsylvania is now served by a local area agency on aging (AAA).   Title III of the OAA provides […]

Healthy Steps Program Reduces Falls for Older Adults

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A Pennsylvania Department of Aging program is proving successful in reducing falls suffered by older adults. A two year study being published by researcher Steven Albert of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health reports that the Healthy Steps program reduced falls by over 17%.  The Department of Aging supported program is available […]