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Pennsylvania Council on Aging asks persons age 60 and over to complete “immediate needs and capabilities” survey. Please distribute this widely.

You can help the Social Isolation Task Force of the Pennsylvania Council of Aging which is asking for assistance; will you reach out to at least 10 older (age 60 or older) adults and ask each of them complete this survey

Or copy and paste this into the browser window:

Due to these unprecedented and challenging times, the Pa Council on Aging has decided to conduct a statewide survey in order to assess what the immediate needs and capabilities are of older adults due to COVID-19. Our goal is to collect and share this information in order to:

  • Better understand the immediate needs of older Pennsylvanians
  • Determine how to best reach older adults during this time
  • Assess the particular vulnerabilities of older adults during this pandemic
  • Create meaningful solutions to the current challenges facing older adults

 The survey can be filled out here:

 The survey will be open until Tuesday, April 7th. It is for adults aged 60 and over in Pennsylvania. Those are the only requirements to be eligible to fill out the survey.

The Pennsylvania Council on Aging is a cohort of volunteers who work on behalf of older adults across the commonwealth. Established in 1977, we are required, among other things, “to prepare and submit to the Governor, the General Assembly, the Secretary of the Department of Aging and the public reports evaluating the level and quality of services and programs provided to the aging by Commonwealth agencies together with recommendations for improved, expanded or additional programs and services for the aging.”


“Loneliness – Busters You’ll Find Online” – Senior Planet


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“During the coronavirus challenge, it’s important for populations at higher risk – older people especially those with underlying health issues – to practice ‘social distancing’ –  but a scaled down social life doesn’t have to be a lonely one. Using the Internet can connect us with the people we care about and can bring us in touch with a wider world – both of which make us feel less isolated and lonely.

Reach Out

Recent statistics show that seniors are rapidly entering the social networks arena. Sign up for a network, connect with friends (you might even discover some old friends) and enjoy the results.

Click here to read this article in its entirety at Senior Planet.

Seeking candidates for Hamilton Relay 2020 Deaf Community Leader award

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Click here to download the application.

House Passes Older Americans Act Reauthorization Bill

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On Tuesday, March 10, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020, which reauthorizes the Older Americans Act for an additional five years (through 2024). The bill was previously passed by the Senate and now heads to the President for his signature.

The aim of Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) is to create “one-stop shop” single entry points for information about the range of public and private long-term services and supports (LTSS) available to consumers. ADRCs may provide options counseling regarding public and private LTSS, and provide access to public programs such as Medicaid and Department of Veterans Affairs programs.

ADRCs may also provide discharge planning and care transition services to help individuals remain in their own homes after a hospitalization, rehabilitation, or
skilled nursing facility visit. There are over 500 ADRC sites nationwide, operating in 50 states, two territories, and the District of Columbia.


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The Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources is an Aging and Disability Resource Center.

Link partner networks’ cross-training meetings canceled through June 30, 2020


All Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Service Area partners’ networks’ cross-training meetings for MARCH-APRIL-MAY-JUNE 2020 ARE CANCELED.

Given the social distancing guidance from the World Health Organization, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other agencies and entities, please revise your calendars, the Link partners’ cross-training meetings THROUGH JUNE 2020 are canceled

We will try to reschedule the presentations for these meetings in 2021.

Thank you for your understanding of the special circumstances the COVID 19 pandemic demands. Information about The Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources | Service Area 13 partners’ networks continues to appear at the Website ( and facebook pages.

And we’ll communicate via text / calls and email … and face-to-face whenever we can.

Remember to reach out to me with any questions, comments, suggestions or anything.

Be nice – Be safe – Do good.

Brian L. Long

Lead Coordinator

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call / text 717.380.9714

The latest coronavirus information

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Click here for the daily Coronavirus PA COVID-19 Updates and much more helpful information.

SAVE THE DATE! Pennsylvania Advocacy & Resources for Autism & Intellectual Disabilities CONFERENCE April 14/15 2020 (PAR)

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 Registration is now open for the first-ever 2020 PAR Policy Conference, taking place on April 14 & 15!

As our environment has become increasingly political, advocacy for Intellectual Disability/Autism services is a necessity.

Our legislators and elected officials need to hear from us now more than ever.
We need every stakeholder in the system, from providers to individuals to family members, to be informed and prepared to advocate!

Our 2020 PAR Policy Conference is designed to bring you up to speed on hot topics in policy and advocacy and provide an opportunity to practice those skills by advocating directly to our legislators at the Wednesday Hill Day and Rally.

SAVE THE DATE(s)! | THE 2020 PA Community Alliance Summit

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“COVID-19: What you should and shouldn’t do NOW” – futurity

“Avoiding panic, steering clear of sick people, and washing your hands are the most important things to do in preparation for COVID-19, experts say.”

covid-19-preparation-tips_1600“Even if COVID-19 runs rampant in the United States,” says Connor, “I don’t see us reverting to radio stations and no power. Keeping extra candy bars around is a good idea, but just because life is always better with candy,” says John Connor. (Credit: Getty Images)

“The outbreak of COVID-19, which began in China in December, has since migrated across borders and oceans to at least 47 countries and has resulted in nearly 3,000 global fatalities. Last week, world stock markets tanked over the economic fallout resulting from the spread of the virus.

“But while experts caution that cases will rise here in the United States, they also caution against panic, especially as the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says any immediate risk is low. To date, only about 60 people have contracted the virus in the United States, two-thirds of them travelers on a Diamond Princess cruise ship.

“Some experts are feeding unnecessary public alarm by advocating that families assemble emergency kits of first aid, flashlights, candy, and battery-powered radios as a precaution, says John Connor, an associate professor of microbiology in Boston University’s School of Medicine and a researcher at the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory (NEIDL)”

Read this article in its entirety, click here.



Register for the National Child Passenger Training Technician Certification Course

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