Resources for Older Adults

  • Alzheimer’s and Dementia
    More than 5 million Americans now have Alzheimer’s disease. Fortunately, there are services to help victims and families cope and obtain the resources needed to care for a loved one. Visit the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the world leader in Alzheimer research and support and the first and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding prevention methods, treatments and an eventual cure for Alzheimer’s.
  • American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
    With more than 39 million members, AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and older. AARP is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all as they age through information, advocacy and service.
  • Area Agencies on Aging
    Pennsylvania’s 52 Area Agencies on Aging are a great source of information for issues and concerns affecting older people and their caregivers. Specific services at each agency vary throughout the state, but each agency offers a wide array of programs to help seniors get the help and information they need.
  • Medicaid Requirements for Long-Term Care in PA
    Trying to pay for long-term care can be a challenge. Navigating the complex system of eligibility requirements can be frustrating. You can also apply for and renew your benefits from the comfort of your home using COMPASS, an online application for Pennsylvanians to apply for many health and human service programs including long-term care. You can also get help by calling the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’ Helpline at 1-800-692-7462 for assistance with Medicaid eligibility determinations. Before you call, learn more about eligibility requirements here:

  • Mental Health and Developmental Services (MH/DS)
    These services are administered through county Mental Health and Developmental Services (MH/DS) program offices. Most actual mental health services are delivered by local provider agencies under contract with county MH/DS offices.
  • Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman
    The ombudsman is the chief advocate for the elderly in Pennsylvania, helping to resolve issues made by or on behalf of older individuals who are consumers of long-term care. The ombudsman is available by calling 717-783-7247.
  • Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Nursing Home Care
    The state Health Department offers useful information about long-term care in Pennsylvania nursing homes including a facility finder, inspection information and how to resolve a problem with a nursing home.
  • Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’ Bureau of Human Services Licensing (BHSL)
    Pennsylvania is home to 35 licensed assisted living residences and more than 1,200 licensed personal care homes that serve more than 51,000 residents, including the elderly and disabled individuals who require assistance with day to day life but who do not need hospitalization or nursing home care. The state Department of Human Services’ Bureau of Human Services Licensing offers useful information about personal care homes, a facility finder, frequently asked questions and how to resolve an issue with an assisted living residence or a personal care home.
  • Pennsylvania Department of Insurance
    The state Department of Insurance offers information about approved long-term care insurance policies in Pennsylvania. Long-term care insurance can be a great way to protect your assets and achieve peace of mind about the future – but it’s not right for everyone. Do your research.
  • Pennsylvania Homecare Association
    Get connected to homecare resources through the Pennsylvania Homecare Association. The PA Homecare Association is a membership organization for the commonwealth’s homecare industry, including visiting nurse associations, home health agencies, hospices and private duty agencies.
  • Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Alliance
    The PA Long Term Care Alliance is comprised of long-term care insurance specialists who are independent brokers and agencies that represent top-rated insurance carriers. All Alliance members have completed state certification for PA’s Long-Term Care Partnership Program. Brokers in the Alliance are able to sit down with consumers, illustrate long-term care options, and help consumers make the right decision for their own unique circumstances.
  • Social Security Administration
    The Social Security Administration’s Web site contains information about Social Security benefits (including disability benefits), Medicaid, Medicare, taking care of someone who is unable to manage their money, and other useful information.