Older Americans Month 2019
Each year, more and more older adults are making a positive impact in and around Delaware County. As volunteers, employees, employers, educators, mentors, advocates, and more, they offer insight and experience that benefit the entire community. That’s why Older Americans Month (OAM) has been recognizing the contributions of this growing population for 56 years. Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) each May, OAM provides resources to help older Americans stay healthy and independent, and resources to help communities support and celebrate their diversity.
This year’s OAM theme, Connect, Create, Contribute, encourages older adults and their communities to:
- Connect with friends, family, and local services and resources.
- Create through activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment.
- Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others.
The County of Delaware Services for the Aging, or COSA, is Delaware County’s Area Agency on Aging. In addition to having over 30 programs of service for county residents age 60 and older, COSA is an information resource for persons of any age or income needing information on benefits and services available to older or disabled persons.
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COSA’s Information and Referral Unit serves as a gateway to COSA’s programs and services by answering questions, receiving referrals for services, scheduling assessments, and connecting the elderly and disabled with resources regarding benefits and entitlements. Anyone seeking information and assistance is welcome to call, walk-in, or visit COSA’s website for further information. COSA is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. excluding county holidays. To reach COSA, call (610) 490-1300 or visit www.delcosa.org for further information, to complete a referral for services, or to schedule a free assessment to see which services you may be eligible for.
COSA’s Community Outreach Coordinator, along with COSA Ambassadors, connect with individuals at Senior Expos, community fairs, and social clubs educating the community about COSA programs and services at events scheduled throughout the county. To reach the Community Outreach Coordinator, or for information on becoming a volunteer COSA Ambassador, contact Marie Bonita at (610) 460-1300.
The Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources is a network of agencies utilizing collective resources to most efficiently connect seniors and those with disabilities to the best possible programs and services to meet their individual needs. To contact the Link, call Joanna King at (610) 490-1300.
Delaware County is home to eight COSA sponsored senior centers. Membership at the senior centers is open to all residents age 50 and older. Members connect and enjoy a nutritious meal together, participate in a variety of exercise classes, and enjoy fun-filled trips. Lifelong learning classes keep seniors connected by sharpening their computer and internet skills. Members demonstrate their creativity in a variety of classes such as painting, creative writing, and photography. There are even opportunities to volunteer. To find a senior center near you, visit www.delcosa.org.
Studies have shown that volunteering helps you live longer and promotes a positive outlook on life. There are plenty of opportunities through COSA to share your life experiences and contribute your time and talents.
During fiscal year 2017-2018, Delaware County’s Foster Grandparent Program volunteers provided 75, 654 hours of service mentoring and tutoring children in Head Start, schools, and childcare centers in Delaware County. For information on the program or to become a Foster Grandparent volunteer, visit www.delcosa.org or contact Alisha Freeman at (610) 490-1300.
The Delaware County Ombudsman Program volunteers visit long-term care facilities in Delaware County working to educate consumers and long-term care providers about residents’ rights and good care practices, resolve complaints made by or for residents, and provide information to the public on nursing homes and other long-term care facilities and services, residents’ rights and legislative and policy issues. To learn more about what an Ombudsman does or to become an Ombudsman volunteer, visit www.delcosa.org or contact Rahmah Allen at (610) 490-1300.
COSA’s Health and Wellness Program has volunteer opportunities for older adults as lay leaders to bring proven health and wellness programs to older adults in Delaware County. Clerical volunteers are also needed to assist with Health and Wellness Program functions. To learn more about Health and Wellness Programs being offered, visit www.delcosa.org or contact Ellen Williams at (610) 490-1300.
Aside from COSA’s programs and services, our Older Americans Month activities provide several opportunities to Connect, Create, and Contribute.
On May 3, 2019, Delaware County Council and COSA will sponsor its annual Senior Living Expo at Harrah’s Casino and Racetrack in Chester from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Guests to the Expo will receive valuable information and resources regarding services and programs for the aging. Throughout the day there will be DJ entertainment, snacks, a photo booth, and raffles. Special guest, Lisa Thomas-Laury, retired news anchor and author will be in attendance. The first 50 visitors to her table will receive a free copy of her book On Camera and Off. For information on the expo, contact Barbara Nicolardi at (610) 490-1300.
On May 9, 2019, Delaware County Council and COSA will celebrate the lives of our county centenarians with a special luncheon at the Drexelbrook Banquet Center. Any resident turning 100 or older in 2019 is invited to attend. Centenarians and one guest are admitted for free. Guests receive a commemorative photo of the day and a special proclamation from county council. For information on the luncheon, or if you know a centenarian who would like to attend, contact Debbie Hedgepeth at (610) 490-1300.
Each year in June, hundreds of Delaware County athletes, age 50 and older, connect and compete in the Delaware County Senior Games. Athletes compete in a variety of sporting events held throughout the county. Events include Pickleball, Billiards, Bowling, and Golf to name a few. The games encourage residents to remain socially and physically active throughout the year and to maintain a healthy level of physical fitness. The 2019 Delaware County Senior Games will be held June 10-21, 2019. For information on the games or to register to participate, visit www.delcoseniorgames.org or call (610) 891-4663.