York County Area Agency on Aging will be a leader in bringing our communities together to keep people well, involved, and independent.
The Older Americans Act of 1965 established the Administration on Aging in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Pennsylvania Act 70 enacted in June 1979 created the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.
July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016
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.
The York County Area Agency on Aging, established in 1975, designs services to assist our older people to secure equal opportunity to the full and free enjoyment of the following objectives outlined in the Older Americans Act:
- An adequate income in retirement in accordance with the American standard of living;
- The best possible physical and mental health which science can make available and without regard to economic status;
- Obtaining and maintaining suitable housing, independently selected, designed and located with reference to special needs and available at costs which older citizens can afford;
- Full restorative services for those who require institutional care, and a comprehensive array of community-based, long-term care services adequate to appropriately sustain older people in their communities and in their homes, including support to family members and other persons providing voluntary care to older individuals needing long-term care services;
- Opportunity for employment with no discriminatory personnel practices because of age;
- Retirement in health, honor, dignity—after years of contribution to the economy;
- Participating in and contributing to meaningful activity within the widest range of civic, cultural, educational and training and recreational opportunities
- Efficient community services, including access to low-cost transportation, which provide a choice in supported living arrangements and social assistance in a coordinated manner and which are readily available when needed, with emphasis on maintaining a continuum of care for vulnerable older individuals;
- Immediate benefit from proven research knowledge which can sustain and improve health and happiness;
- Freedom, independence, and the free exercise of individual initiative in planning and managing their own lives, full participation in the planning and operation of community-based services and programs provided for their benefit and protection against abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
Note: The York County Area Agency on Aging provides some services for disabled persons who are as young as 18 years of age. These services are funded in part by York County Department of Human Services. The services include home care and personal assistance and are offered in order to prevent or delay placement in a long-term care facility.