Helpful Links

Aging Department Helpful Links
Disability Rights
Disability Rights Network
Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania (DRN) is a statewide, non-profit corporation designated as the organization to advance and protect the civil rights of adults and children with disabilities. DRN works with people with disabilities, families, organizations, and advocates ensuring that people with disabilities can live in their communities free of discrimination, abuse and neglect.

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Driving
Talking with Older Drivers
Decisions about driving are very important, but often difficult for older people to make alone. This booklet [PDF: Pub 345] will help you, as a family member or friend, know when and how to get involved in an older person’s decision on whether to continue or modify their driving.

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Elder Care
CAREgivinghelp
CAREgivinghelp's goal is to provide caregivers with educational materials and resources that are applicable to many different care giving situations. In order to help caregivers maximize the quality of care they can offer while also minimizing the risk of “caregiver burnout."

Elercare Locator
The Eldercare Locator is the 1st step to finding resources for older adults in any U.S. community. It is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging connecting you to services for older adults and their families.

Generations United
Generations United strives to improve the lives of children, youth, and older people through intergenerational collaboration, public policies, and programs for the enduring benefit of all.

Paying for Senior Care
The PayingForSeniorCare website and the Eldercare Financial Resource Locator Tool were created and are maintained by the American Elder Care Research Organization. The organization’s mission is to assist individuals in the planning and implementing of long-term senior care. The website is designed to help families and caregivers locate information about long-term care resources for their loved ones, and to find the public and private programs available to assist in covering the cost of such care.

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Employment
Experience Works is a national, charitable, community-based organization that helps older adults get the training they need to find good jobs in their communities.

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Food & Meal Programs
The Chester County Food Bank Inc. is a non-profit organization that collects, grows, stores and distributes food to the hungry of Chester County. The following are links for 2 of their programs. To donate funds, volunteer, or participate in food drives. click on the link to their website at the beginning of this paragraph.
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Gas / Electric Assistance Program
PECO Energy Assistance Programs are designed for low-income, residential customers who demonstrate or express difficulty in paying their monthly energy bill.

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Health Information
Alzheimer’s Association of Delaware Valley
The Alzheimer’s Association of Delaware Valley is an alliance of family members and professionals dedicated to helping people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families through education, advocacy, and support.

Hearing Loss Association of America
The Hearing Loss Association of America exists to open the world of communication for people with hearing loss through information, education, advocacy and support.

Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma, a rare cancer of the lining of the lung, is caused by exposure to asbestos. Because of long dormancy periods, mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases can remain undetected for over a decade before the patient shows any signs of illness. For more information, visit Mesotheliomaweb.org or Mesothelioma.com.

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Housing
Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency provides housing information and availability searches.

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Law
The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has a number of publications specifically focusing on Medicare Part D and Presctiptions Drug programs. Included is a Medicare Part D guide for advocates and providers who work with older adults in Pennsylvania in PDF format. PA Health Law Project Resources

Pennsylvania Law Help
Pennsylvania Law Help provides an online guide to legal information and legal services in Pennsylvania.

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National Organizations
AARP
AARP is a membership organization leading positive social change and delivering value to people aged 50 and over through information, advocacy and service.

The American Geriatrics Society
The American Geriatrics Society provides information and advocacy.

Healthy Aging
Healthy Aging is a national ongoing health promotion designed to broaden awareness of the positive aspects of aging and to provide information and inspiration for adults, age 50 and over, to improve their physical, mental, social, and financial fitness.

National Association for Caregiving
The National Association of Caregiving is a non-profit coalition of national organizations focusing on issues of family caregiving.

National Center on Elder Abuse
The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) serves as a national resource center dedicated to the prevention of elder mistreatment, and operates as a multi-disciplinary consortium of collaborators with expertise in elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

National Council on Aging
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. whose mission is to improve the lives of older Americans. BenefitsCheckUp, developed and maintained by NCOA, is the nation's most comprehensive web-based service to screen for benefits programs for seniors with limited income and resources.

National Institute on Aging
The National Institute on Aging provides Information and advocacy.

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Prescription Drug Programs
Chester County Prescription Discount Card
Chester County is pleased to offer a prescription drug discount card that can be used by Chester County residents to help cope with the high price of prescription drugs. This program, sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo), offers average savings of 22% of the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs. There is no cost to Chester County taxpayers for this program.

PACE / PACENET
PACE and PACENET offer comprehensive prescription coverage to older Pennsylvanians and covers most prescription medications, including insulin, syringes and insulin needles. These programs do not cover over-the-counter medicines, medical equipment or doctor, hospital, dental or vision services. There is no application fee to enroll in the program.

Medicare Part D - Prescription Drug Coverage
Medicare Part D is the name of the prescription drug benefit program being offered to all Medicare beneficiaries. It is a federal, not state, program. The program began January 1, 2006.

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Refinancing / Mortgage Information
The following site contains original content as well as freely available information regarding mortgages and refinancing concerns and considerations for seniors.

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State Agencies
Pennsylvania Department of Aging
Go to the State Department of Aging website for more information.

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (formerly Department of Public Welfare)
The mission of the Department of Human Services is to:
  • Break the cycle of dependency
  • Promote, improve and sustain the quality of family life
  • Promote respect for employees
  • Protect and serve Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens
  • Manage our resources effectively

COMPASS is an online application for Pennsylvanians to apply for many health and human service programs.

Have a question about Department of Human Services benefits or eligibility?
Please call the HELPLINE at 1-800-692-7462 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you are hearing impaired, call TTY/TTD at 1-800-451-5886. If you have a question during non-business hours or prefer to use email, you may email us.

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