Health and Wellness
Maintaining good health is important at any age and our agency offers information on health issues specifically affecting older adults. The PA Department of Health also offers a wide variety of information and services for all Pennsylvanians, including older adults.
In addition to any private health insurance you may have, a variety of options is available to pay for health care services. Medical Assistance is a state-administered health program for low-income people.
There are several types of medical assistance available and your local county assistance office can help you determine which type you qualify for.
Medicare provides health insurance coverage to individuals age 65 and older and to certain people with disabilities.
APPRISE is a free health insurance counseling program designed to help older Pennsylvanians with Medicare issues and other questions.
Your local Area Agencies on Aging
APPRISE helpline: 1-800-783-7067
Medicare Hotline: 1-800-MEDICARE
Prime Time Health
Staying healthy and fit is important at any age and the Department of Aging offers a program called PrimeTime Health designed especially for adults.
PrimeTime Health is the Department of Aging's health promotion and disease prevention program offered by AAAs at senior centers and other community locations where seniors reside. Programs offered help older adults stay healthy and fit at any age. Activities include a fall prevention program, medication and/or chronic condition management, health screenings, exercise, and much more. Contact your PrimeTime Health coordinator at your local Area Agency on Aging for more information. Three of the fundamental programs sponsored by Prime Time Health are:
1. The Healthy Steps for Older Adults Falls Prevention Initiative
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging offers a falls prevention program for adults 50 years of age and older. The program is designed to raise awareness of falls, introduce steps on how to reduce falls, improve overall health, and provide referrals and resources. See an excerpt of the Healthy Steps class guide. For the Spanish version, click here.
2. Healthy Steps in Motion Exercise for Strength and Balance
Healthy Steps in Motions (HSIM) is an exercise program developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging in partnership with the University of California at Berkeley for adults 50 years of age and older with different fitness levels - beginner, intermediate or advanced. Healthy Steps in Motion is an eight week program with two one-hour classes each week that offers exercise routines to build strength (especially in the lower body), increase flexibility and improve balance. Each participant receives a colorful calendar-style booklet with directions and illustrations of exercises as well as information about how to set goals and keep track of progress. Adults age 50 and older can contact their Area Agency on Aging for more information.
3. Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging, in partnership with Stanford University, offers the Chronic Disease Self-Management program to help older adults better manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, emphysema, and hypertension. The goal of the program is to improve physical capability and pleasure from life by learning methods to better manage one's own illness.
Health, Prevention and Wellness AoA Library
Pennsylvania Senior Games
Active older adults should consider participating in the Pennsylvania Senior games, held each summer.
Centers for Disease Control Nutrition and Physical Activity Site
Healthy People 2020
Behavioral Health Risks for Older Adults
Mental Health Services are accessed through programs covering all 67 Pennsylvania Counties. Services include counseling, case management, crisis/emergency services, residential and rehabilitative services for individuals and their families. All residents are eligible, regardless of age.