August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Immunizations represent one of the greatest public health accomplishments of the 20th century. The purpose of National Immunization Awareness Month is to celebrate the benefits of vaccination and highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.
Vaccination is important because it protects the person receiving the vaccine and helps prevent the spread of disease, especially to those who are most vulnerable to serious complications (such as infants and young children, the elderly, and those with chronic conditions and weakened immune systems).
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), acute respiratory infections, including pneumonia and influenza, are the 8th leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 56,000 deaths annually. On average, influenza leads to more than 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths each year.
Vaccinations can provide protection against the flu, pneumococcal bacteria, and shingles.
All adults should get vaccines to protect their health. It is critical for individuals over the age of 65 to be current with their immunizations as their immune systems can be weaker especially if diagnosed with a chronic condition. Even healthy adults can become seriously ill and pass diseases on to others.
Everyone should have their vaccination needs assessed at their doctor's office, pharmacy, or other visits with health care providers. Certain vaccines are recommended based on a person's age, occupation, or health conditions (such as asthma, chronic pulmonary disease, diabetes, or heart disease).
To learn about which vaccines are recommended for you, where to find vaccines, how to pay for vaccines, and other resources, visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults
Locally, the State Health Center in Delaware County offers vaccines to adults who do not have insurance or whose insurance doesn't cover the cost of the vaccine.
Delaware County State Health Center
Suite 1 151 W. Fifth Street Chester PA 19013-4415
610-447-3250 Fax: 610-447-3008
Also, you may visit http://www.chespenn.com/ to inquire about free or low-cost vaccinations.
To view a "You're Never Too Old to Get Immunized" brochure in one of 8 different languages, click here.
To view an "Adults 65 and Older Need a Flu Shot" fact sheet, click here.
To view fun, animated videos about different diseases and the shots that protect you from them, click below.
Whooping Cough vaccines
The 29th annual Delaware County Senior Games, held June 10-21 at 12 separate venues across the county, were an overwhelming success with 680 participants ages 50 and older. The games featured ten days of competitive events, medal presentations, and inspiring performances from the participants, who perseveringly competed despite some hot, humid, and threatening weather.
The Delaware County Senior Games are sponsored by Delaware County Council, the Department of Parks and Recreation, Destination Delco, and the County of Delaware Services for the Aging. The games are held yearly at the start of the summer and all residents aged 50 and older are encouraged to participate.
This year's theme for the games was "Compete, Connect, Conquer."
Darts made a return this year and Cornhole was introduced as an exhibition.
The most popular events were Singles and Doubles Bowling with 130-134 bowlers competing at Sproul Lanes in Springfield, Miniature Golf at Putt-Putt Fun Center in Clifton Heights with 121 golfers, and Track and Field at Garnet Valley High School with 142 participants. Of the 680 participants, 1 was 103 years old, 20 were in their 90's, 123 were in their 80's, and 254 were in their 70's. Participants included 374 men and 306 women.
To view photos of the games and a list of medalists visit www.delcoseniorgames.org.
Thank you to RADNOR STUDIO 21, INC for coming out to the games and producing a video highlighting the 2019 Delaware County Senior Games.
To view the video, click on the link below.
The Department of Revenue issued a warning to Pennsylvanians to be cautious of a scam targeting seniors and people with disabilities who receive rebates through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. The department received information this week that the scam consists of unsolicited telephone calls from a person claiming to work for the Department of Revenue. The caller starts the call by saying the recipient's application for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been approved. The called then asks if the recipient would like the rebate deposited directly into a bank account. That is followed by a request for the recipient's banking information.
Revenue Secretary, Dan Hassell, wants the public to be aware of this scam and to know that the Department of Revenue does not make unsolicited calls requesting banking information.
Here is some additional information and tips to safeguard against this scam.
- The Department of Revenue DOES NOT collect applicants' banking information over the phone. Applicants are required to submit their account information on their application forms in order to receive their rebates through direct deposit.
- The Department of Revenue DOES contact applicants via automated calls to confirm their information has been received and approved. If the department needs more information about an individual's application, it sends a letter through the mail.
- Do NOT give out personal information over the phone to unsolicited callers, even if the caller claims to be from the Department of Revenue, the IRS, or your bank.
- Do not trust the number you see on your caller ID, even if it appears to be coming from the Department of Revenue or the IRS. Scam artists increasingly use a technique known as spoofing to trick caller ID.
- Legitimate businesses and government agencies will not contact you to verify your account information, so ask for a call back number. Ask why your personal information is needed, how it will be used, how it will be protected, and what happens if you do not share it. Contact your bank or credit card company to verify the call.
- If you received one of these scam calls and provided your banking information or other personal information, immediately call your bank to report this potential fraud.
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is a program that annually provides property tax and rent relief to income-eligible seniors and people with disabilities. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for certain qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.
Applicants may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information on the Department of Revenue's website or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-222-9190. The application deadline for rebates on rent or property taxes paid in 2018 has been extended to December 31, 2019.
Delaware County Council and various county agencies would like residents to be safe and healthy this summer season. Each year, in the United States, more people die from excessive heat than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods combined. Vulnerable populations such as older adults and people with health problems are most likely to suffer from heat-related illness during a heat wave. The county has developed a Heat Plan which includes how agencies prepare and assist vulnerable individuals during an extreme heat event. The Heat Plan also includes Heat Safety Tips, Tips to Avoid Dehydration, and Safe Use of Fans. A Heat Information Line, 610-872-1558, will be in effect from June 1, 2019-September 30, 2019. The heat line will include any extreme/dangerous weather alerts and tips to avoid heat related illness. To view the 2019 Heat Plan, click here.
According to the July 17, 2019 Delaware County Daily Times, the Radnor Township Building (the Radnorshire Room) located at 301 Iven Avenue will serve as a cooling center for local residents beginning July 17 through July 21. Radnor residents are welcome to take relief from the heat between 8am-9pm weekdays and between 9am-9pm on weekends.
PA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE PRODUCE VOUCHERS 2019
- 60 years of age and older by December 31, 2019
- Resident of Delaware County
- Income limits:
1 person- $23, 107
2 people- $31, 284
3 people- $ 39, 461
4 people- $47, 638
5 people- $55, 815
6 people- $63, 992
These guidelines are subject to change. The federal guidelines that are in place the day of distribution will be those that are used.
- Must present photo ID with name, address, and birthdate to receive vouchers.
- MUST HAVE PHOTO ID. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Other important information:
- Participants will receive $20 in vouchers yearly.
- Vouchers can not be replaced if lost or stolen.
- If you are receiving a voucher for someone else, you must have a signed proxy form that must be picked up at the Senior Center before a voucher can be given to you. No more than 4 proxies can be signed by one person.
- For a proxy form, click here.
Vouchers will be distributed at:
ONE DAY ONLY at Brookhaven Municipal Building on Thursday, July 11 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
2 Cambridge Road
Brookhaven, PA 19015
Chester Senior Center
721 Hayes Street
Chester, PA 19013
Every Wednesday from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. beginning June 26, 2019 until supply runs out.
THIS IS THE ONLY TIME VOUCHERS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED.
Friendship Circle Senior Center
1515 Lansdowne Avenue
Darby, PA 19023
Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. beginning June 21, 2019
Good Neighbor Senior Center
1085 Hook Road
Sharon Hill, PA 19079
Mondays, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. beginning June 17, 2019
Schoolhouse Senior Center
600 Swarthmore Avenue
Folsom, PA 19033
Fridays, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. beginning June 21, 2019
Hometown Senior Center
302 South Jackson Street
Media, PA 19063
Thursdays, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. beginning June 27, 2019
PLEASE CALL THE INDIVIDUAL SITE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.
To view the locations of farmer's markets where you may redeem your voucher, click here.
The Federal Trade Commission is getting reports about people pretending to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) who are trying to get your Social Security number and even your money.
In one version of the scam, the caller says your Social Security number has been linked to a crime (often, he says it happened in Texas) involving drugs or sending money out of the country illegally. He then says your Social Security number is blocked – but he might ask you for a fee to reactivate it, or to get a new number. He will ask you to confirm your Social Security number.
In other variations, he says that somebody used your Social Security number to apply for credit cards, and you could lose your benefits. He also might warn you that your bank account is about to be seized, that you need to withdraw your money, and that he’ll tell you how to keep it safe.
All of these are scams. Here’s what you need to know:
The SSA will never call and ask for your Social Security number. It will not ask you to pay anything. It won’t call to threaten your benefits.
Your caller ID might show the SSA’s real phone number (1-800-772-1213), but that’s not the real SSA calling. Computers make it easy to show any number on caller ID. You cannot trust what you see there.
Never give your Social Security number to anyone who contacts you in this way. Do not confirm the last 4 digits. Do not give a bank account or credit card number – ever – to anybody who contacts you by phone asking for it.
Remember that anyone who tells you to wire money, pay with a gift card, or send cash is always a scammer no matter who they say they are.
If you’re worried about a call from someone who claims to be from the Social Security Administration, get off the phone. Then call the real SSA at 1-800-772-1213.
If you have spotted a scam, then tell the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.
To learn more, you can go to Fake Calls about your SSN.
County of Delaware Services for the Aging
Annual Plan and Budget Summary
We are excited to announce that the Social Security Express Desktop Icon has now been added to our website. You will see the icon at the bottom right of our pages.
eServices available from the Social Security Express icon are:
Sign in or create a my Social Security account allows users to:
*get Social Security statements
*change an address
*change or start direct deposit
*print a benefit verification letter
*create an account/enter an activation code
Estimate retirement benefits
Request a replacement Medicare Card
get a 1099/1042 tax form
APPRISE is the State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) that was created by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging to assist Medicare beneficiaries of any age understand their health insurance options. The Pennsylvania Deparment of Aging created APPRISE to help Pennsylvanians with Medicare, Medicaid, and other health insurance questions and/or concerns.
APPRISE Volunteers/Counselors are specially trained to provide unbiased Medicare and Medicaid health insurance information and Part D prescription information options to help individuals make informed decisions related to their healthcare needs.
The APPRISE Program Education and Counseling Services are FREE.
The APPRISE Program offers Medicare 101 sessions which explain the basics of Medicare A, B, C, and D. Medicare Individual Counseling Sessions assist the Medicare recipients with Medicare questions, concerns, enrollment into Medicare Advantage Plans, Part D Prescription Plans, Medicare Cost-Savings Programs, and Supplemental Plans. (complete Medicare 2016 schedule coming soon)
To view locations where you may schedule an individual counseling session, click here.
Did you know there are programs that could help you save money?
The Medicare Savings Programs help lower-income seniors and persons with disabilites pay for their Medicare Part B premium. Some individuals may also qualify for help with their Medicare deductibles and coinsurance.
The Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidy (also called "LIS" or "Extra Help") helps Medicare consumers dramatically lower their prescription drug costs and can help individuals save thousands of dollars per year.
To read about eligibility and how to apply for a Medicare Savings Program, click here.
To read about eligibility and how to apply for the Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidy, click here.
Do you have an extra room in your home?
Would you like to provide care to others in need?
COSA is looking for caring and compassionate individuals who have extra room in their homes and in their hearts to be Dom Care providers.
Dom Care is a supervised living arrangement in a personalized home environment. Dom Care providers assist with meals, medication, laundry, scheduling medical appointments, and transportation.
Providers must complete a certification process and, if approved, will receive a monthly non-taxable stipend. Single level homes, homes with a bedroom on the first floor, or handicap accessible homes are preferred.
If interested in becoming a Dom Care provider, contact the Coordinator at (610) 490-1300.
Fair Acres, Delaware County's skilled care facility in Middletown, has a new website that provides an informative and user-friendly resource for families looking for a nursing care facility for a loved one. The new website at www.fairacres.org gives residents detailed information on the facility, admission procedures, available services, volunteer opportunities, employment opportunities and contact information to arrange for a meeting or tour.
Fair Acres provides individualized care to over 900 residents who range in age from young adults to seniors in their 100s.
People can download the admissions packet from the website to assist in gathering the necessary medical and financial information needed to apply for admission.
Fair Acres accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and private pay.
The new website has information on employment opportunities, such as dietary aide, and free Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) training.
Fair Acres also has many volunteer opportunities and a Friends of Fair Acres committee.
There is also a section for news and events. To read more, click here.
*Social Security announces as a result of Congress' approval of the fiscal year 2015 budget, the agency will expand its hours nationwide and offices will be open to the public for an additional hour on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, effective March 16, 2015. A field office that is usually open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. will remain open until 4:00 p.m. Offices will continue to close to the public at noon every Wednesday so employees have time to complete current work and reduce backlogs. (updated 1/23/15)
*You may be aware that in 2011, the Social Security Administration stopped mailing the yearly statement that was sent out three months before a person's birthday month. However, beginning this month, they are resuming periodic mailings to workers age 18 and older, but it will be on a five-year basis rather than every year. People can view and print their statements at any time if they create a secure my Social Security account at socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. (update received 9/16/14)
* A recent update states that Social Security WILL continue to provide benefit verification letters in their field offices until further notice. Individuals who can do so, should still create a my Social Security account. (update received 7/18/14)
Based on feedback received from many stakeholders, the Social Security Administration decided to delay the implementation of two changes to later in this year.
Beginning August 2014, Social Security Number printouts will no longer be issued in field offices. Individuals who need proof of their Social Security Number and cannot find their card will need to apply for a replacement card.
In addition, beginning October 2014, benefit verification letters will not be provided in field offices, except in emergency situations. Benefit verifications are still available online, and can be obtained anytime by registering for a my Social Security account located at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount, or requested through the national toll-free number: 1-800-772-1213.
As of January 7th, 2013, the Social Security Administration has expanded services available with the my Social Security portal. Those who receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are now able to request, as well as receive, benefit verification letters online. Additionally, beneficiaries who receive SSI can now access their benefit verification letter, payment history, and earnings record.
At each stage of your life my Social Security is for you. Your personal online my Social Security account is a valuable source of information beginning in your working years and continuing throughout the time you receive Social Security benefits.
If you receive benefits, you can:
Use a my Social Security online account to:
Get your benefit verification letter;
Check your benefit and payment information and your earnings record;
Change your address and phone number; and
Start or change direct deposit of your benefit payment.
If you do not receive benefits, you can:
Use a my Social Security online account to get your Social Security Statement, to review.
Estimates of your retirement, disability, and survivors benefits;
Your earnings record; and
The estimated Social Security and Medicare taxes you've paid.
How do I create a my Social Security online account?
To create an account, you must provide some personal information about yourself and give answers to some questions that only you are likely to know. Next, you create a username and password that you will use to access your online account. This process protects you and keeps your personal Social Security information private. Click here for more information.