"Enhancing the quality of life of all older Pennsylvanians by empowering diverse communities, the family and the individual."
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.
APPRISE Program Seeks Volunteers for Statewide Coaching Team
The Department of Aging has received a Performance Improvement and Innovation grant from the Administration for Community Living. The grant will be devoted to strengthening the volunteer support of local APPRISE volunteer programs throughout the state.
As part of the grant, the APPRISE program, a free, objective Medicare and health insurance counseling program, is seeking volunteers to serve on a statewide coaching team that will assist local APPRISE programs in developing strategic approaches aimed at enhancing their volunteer programs.
“Volunteers are the foundation of the APPRISE program and we look forward to being able to enhance and improve the program,” said Secretary of Aging Brian Duke. “We are pleased that this grant will provide support and allow the program to continue to grow in order to provide Medicare counseling services to our older Pennsylvanians.”
The seventeen month grant will give the department’s APPRISE program an opportunity to create approaches through peer support that will be instrumental in the development of self-directed, volunteer-led teams that will help the program respond to our state’s growing older adult population.
Persons interested in finding out about the program's volunteer coaching team, call 1-800-783-7067.
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. Click here to visit the Department of Revenue's website or call 1-888-222-9190 for information.
Time to Get Vaccinated Against the Flu
With flu season upon us, the Department of Aging is reminding older Pennsylvanians to get vaccinated annually. Now is an excellent time to get the vaccine for those who have not yet received it, since it takes two weeks after vaccination for immunity to reach highest levels. To find a vaccine clinic in your area, click here.
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Department of Aging
555 Walnut Street, 5th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101-1919
Telephone: (717) 783-1550
Fax: (717) 783-6842
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