Released: Aug 7, 2023
The Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging (COSA) is working with the Pennsylvania Department of Aging on the development of a 10-year Master Plan for Older Adults, and Delaware County residents are invited to participate.
Pennsylvania’s Master Plan for Older Adults is a state-led and stakeholder-driven strategic plan that is intended to help transform the infrastructure and coordination of services for older Pennsylvanians.
The Master Plan will reflect the needs and preferences of our population to help ensure they can live where they choose and access the supports that our older residents need to thrive and age in place.
COSA will host three listening sessions on the Master Plan. Delaware County residents are invited to contribute what they think should be the plan’s priorities, goals, objectives, and initiatives to support the highest quality of life for older adults.
Stakeholders, older adults — as well as people living with disabilities, their families, caregivers, and community leaders — are invited to hear an overview of the plan and why such a plan is needed for Pennsylvania, and attendees will have an opportunity to provide comments and input on the plan.
August 11 – 10:00 a.m. – Wilson Community Center, 1150 Engle St., Chester
August 22 – 10:00 a.m. – Surrey Center for Health Living, 505 Parkway Dr., Broomall
August 31 – 10:00 a.m. – Friendship Circle Senior Center, 1515 Lansdowne Ave., Darby
Those interested in attending the listening sessions can RSVP by calling 1-800-753-8827.
Registration is NOT required, but residents who may need special accommodations can request sign language, interpretation services, and assistance with access if necessary.
Residents who are unable to attend an in-person session have several options to provide feedback. The Pennsylvania Department of Aging will host four virtual listening sessions to present an overview of the plan on the following dates:
August 8 – 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
August 17 – 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
August 22 – 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
August 25 – 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
To register to participate in a virtual session, click here.
Please note: The virtual sessions platform provides automatic closed-captioning in the form of subtitles. Subtitles appear in English, though registrants can request translation services.
Individuals who cannot attend the in-person or virtual sessions can still submit input on the master plan by emailing AgingPlan@pa.gov, or through an online form, or by sending feedback by mail to the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, c/o Master Plan, 555 Walnut St., 5th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101
The Department of Aging has created a website dedicated to the Master Plan for Older Adults, Aging.PA.Gov/MasterPlan, which provides information on why a master plan is needed, the core tenets, how the Department will gather input for the plan, resources, and more.