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.
PA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE PRODUCE VOUCHERS 2019
60 years of age and older by December 31, 2019
Resident of Delaware County
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:
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.
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.
Have Questions on Aging? We can point you in the right direction.
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.
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
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 fun, animated videos about different diseases and the shots that protect you from them, click below.
Whooping Cough vaccines
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.