State Services

Aging Services

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging was created in 1978 by the state legislature and is charged by the Older Americans Act and the Pennsylvania General Assembly with advocating at all levels of government for the interests of older Pennsylvanians.

The Department oversees many services and benefits to older Pennsylvanians - most provided through the 52 Area Agencies on Aging, which were created in the federal Older Americans Act and Pennsylvania's Act 70.

The Department works hand-in-hand with the Governor's Office and the General Assembly on legislation affording older people a better quality of life. We are the focal point of state coordination and planning for elder-focused initiatives in Pennsylvania to include long-term care programs for the frail and chronically ill.