The Pennsylvania Department of Aging has released the PA Master Plan for Older Adults White Paper. The White Paper is an overview of the origins, development process, and core tenets that are shaping this foundational 10-year aging plan for Pennsylvania and is being offered to aging stakeholders and all interested individuals as a reference guide when formulating and submitting comments on the development of the plan.
Digital forms for providing online comments and participating in a needs assessment survey are available here. This site also contains continually updated information on hundreds of community listening sessions that the Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) are convening in every county in Pennsylvania.
On May 25, 2023, Governor Shapiro signed Executive Order 2023-09 — Pennsylvania’s Master Plan for Older Adults. This Executive Order directs the Pennsylvania Department of Aging to lead the Master Plan for Older Adults, a state-led, stakeholder-driven, 10-year strategic planning resource that can help states transform their infrastructure and coordination of services for older adult and disability populations.
The Department of Aging has been leading stakeholder listening sessions and presenting at various venues across the state in order to gather input and comments that will support the development of the master plan. Visit here to see the dates and times of virtual listening sessions planned in September; included in these sessions is a PowerPoint presentation.
Members are encouraged to contribute what you think should be the plan’s priority goals, objectives, and initiatives to support the highest quality of life for older adults. Comments can be shared here, via email, or by mail to Pennsylvania Department of Aging c/o Master Plan, 555 Walnut Street, 5th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101.
Members are also encouraged to complete the Needs Assessment Survey, which is designed to capture the experience of older adults and adults with disabilities. The survey will remain open until September 30, 2023.
The University of Pittsburgh and other Pennsylvania-based partners are supporting the efforts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, led by the Pennsylvania Department on Aging, to develop a Master Plan for Older Adults. Please circulate this survey on PA Aging and Disability Needs to your consumers and encourage them to complete it ASAP.
This project is being led by Dr. Howard B. Degenholtz and Dr. Steven Albert from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health. Please use this link to share any questions or concerns you have about the process.
If you have any questions, please contact Fady Sahhar.
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) has announced that they will host four virtual listening sessions to present an overview of the Master Plan for Older Adults, with a concentration on the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) 8 Domains of Livability for Age-Friendly Communities. The dates and times for the virtual listening sessions are:
To participate in a listening session, registration is required. Visit here to register.
The 52 Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) will also host in-person listening sessions, where the public can learn about the plan and submit input. Visit here to find a listening session by county.
Visit the PDA website for additional information on the plan. Individuals who would like to submit input on the plan can email, provide feedback through an online form, or mail the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, c/o Master Plan, 555 Walnut St., 5th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101.
The Department of Aging has released their invitation for an upcoming regional town hall event regarding Pennsylvania’s 10-year Master Plan for Older Adults. This plan is being developed as a result of the Governor’s Executive Order, which is to enhance the health, well-being, and quality of life for older adults and adults with disabilities.
The Town Halls recently announced will be held on:
For additional information or to RSVP your attendance, please contact the Secretary of Aging’s office via email.