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Welcome to the website for the YC Area Agency on Aging!

The primary focus of the York County Area Agency on Aging is to provide education, advocacy and coordination of community-based services to empower older adults to maximize their independence and quality of life. 


Open Space Protection in York County

Is open space important to the community? Is enough being done to protect open space?
The York County Land Protection Committee is surveying County residents to find out the answers to these questions.

The Land Protection Committee defines open space as publicly or privately owned land and water that is:

  • Predominately in a natural state
  • Dedicated to providing areas for passive or active public recreation
  • Agricultural lands privately owned and managed for food & fiber production
  • Lands protecting natural (water, air, soil, minerals, forests, wildlife) or historic resources
  • Land preserving scenic quality and maintaining community character

Open space provides many benefits, including clean water and air, recreational opportunities, and access to fresh, local food, but open space protection faces challenges in York County, including insufficient preservation funding and development pressures. The York County Comprehensive Plan set a benchmark to preserve at least 2,500 acres annually but has been falling short of that goal. A stable and predictable funding source could be used to create a coordinated and connected landscape by preserving our agricultural economy, providing land for recreation, and protecting our natural habitats and waterways.

For more information on open space protection, please visit www.yorkopenspace.org. If you are a York County resident, we invite you to visit this page and take the survey to share your opinion on open space protection efforts in your community. The survey will remain open through September 20, 2019.


Learn how to prevent falls this Fall!

Falls are not a normal part of aging, and most falls are preventable. Learn how you can reduce your risk of falling by visiting the Falls Free area at the 50plus EXPO on September 25th at the York Expo Center.

The Falls Free Coalition of York County community partners will again staff a designated unique area to emphasize the importance of preventing falls in older adults.

Learn more about the Falls Free area here.


Coming Soon….Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment Period
October 15th – December 7th 

During Open Enrollment, Medicare beneficiaries have the option to compare and switch their current Medicare Advantage Plan or Part D Prescription Drug Plan with new upcoming plans for 2020. 

Why should you get a free comparison?
Medicare Advantage Plans and Part D Prescription Drug Plans can change yearly. Premiums, deductibles, cost sharing, and formulary updates are just a few of the things that can change with your plan. Open Enrollment only happens once a year, so it’s important that you take advantage of this time period and make sure you have a plan that fits your needs and budget. Even if you’re happy with your current plan, it’s always a good idea to compare your options or review your plan to see what changes will happen in 2020. 

APPRISE can help!
APPRISE is the State Health Insurance Assistance Program in Pennsylvania. We provide free, unbiased insurance counseling to people on Medicare. APPRISE counselors are specifically trained to answer any questions about your coverage. We provide you with clear, easy to understand information about your Medicare options and can assist in comparing plans for 2020. We will also screen you to see if you qualify for any financial assistance programs to get help paying for your prescription drugs or Part B premium.  

Follow this link for the enrollment event schedule.


2019 Fruit and Vegetable Voucher Distribution - New site added!

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition program provides $20 in vouchers to eligible seniors to buy fresh fruit and vegetables from participating local farm markets.

York County residents are eligible to participate if they are 60 years of age or older by December 31, 2019, and have a 2019 total gross annual household income at or below $23,107 for a single person or $31,284 for a 2-person household.

All income is included when calculating total gross income.  Proof of age and York County residency must be presented to obtain vouchers.  A couple may each receive a voucher if their combined total income is within the income requirements.

Follow this link for more information and the distribution schedule.

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