The Delaware County APPRISE Program will be offering FREE virtual Medicare presentations from February-September 2021.
Topics include: Medicare 101, How to Complete a Healthcare Comparison on Medicare.gov and Supplemental Insurance Plans (which cover the 20% medical cost that Medicare doesn't cover).
The programs are FREE. Registration is required.
To view more information on the Medicare 101 presentations, click here.
To view more information on the Healthcare Comparison presentations, click here.
To view more information on the Supplemental Insurance Plans presentations, click here.
The Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging (COSA) and partners in aging rise to the challenge of continuing its services and programs for seniors in Delaware County despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations have been challenged with finding new and creative ways to continue their services while keeping everyone safe and healthy. Organizations that serve older adults have continued services and programs for seniors although changing their methods of how to do so.
Click here to read more about how the delivery of services and programs may have changed during the pandemic, how to participate in those programs, and resources available to help prevent social isolation among seniors.
Click here to read more about current programs offered by COSA sponsored senior centers in Delaware County. Programs are open to all older adults and membership is not required.
Older and disabled Pennsylvanians can now apply for rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2020. This assistance is available through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, which has delivered more than $6.8 billion to eligible Pennsylvanians since the program's inception in 1971.
Officials with the departments of Revenue and Aging are encouraging applicants of the program to take advantage of a new online filing option that will allow them to submit their applications electronically. Applicants should visit mypath.pa.gov to electronically submit their applications.
This online option will be especially helpful this year during the COVID-19 pandemic because it will provide applicants with a way to file their applications from the comfort of their homes.
Submitting your application is easy and does not require you to sign up for an account.
To read more, click here.
To view the booklet "Winter Weather Warm Up: Tips to Staying Healthy in the Cold Weather this Winter, click here.
Villanova University has developed a ReachOut program in an effort to decrease the feeling of social isolation among seniors. The program partners student volunteers and older adults to participate in weekly telephone calls to engage in social discussion. Calls continue weekly or at a mutually agreed upon frequency.
Villanova ReachOut has received excellent feedback from both the volunteers and their older adult partners.
If you are, or know of, a senior who would benefit from this program, referrals can be made by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 610-519-5969.
You may also complete an online referral form here.
The COSA office is no longer located at 206 Eddystone Avenue in Eddystone.
Our new location is listed below however, due to the move in progress and COVID-19, we ask that anyone needing assistance call our main number 610-490-1300.
Although staff are working remotely, we are committed to providing continuous quality customer service to county seniors.
Many seniors regularly face loneliness or isolation and the COVID-19 pandemic has made it worse. With the closure of places of social activity and social distancing guidelines, many seniors are finding it difficult not spending time with family and friends. Social isolation and loneliness can lead to depression as well as other health problems.
Some seniors do not have the technology to stay connected with others. Some may not know how to utilize the technology.
Below are a few free or low-cost resources to help seniors stay connected.
Free cellphone service: www.truconnect.com, www.assurancewireless.com
Free or low-cost internet service
Equipment borrowing program: TechOWL For Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia counties, contact Jule Ann Lieberman at 800-204-7428, 215-204-5967 or email ATinfo@temple.edu
Other resources: https://greatcall.com/phones/lively-flip-cell-phone-for-seniors
For Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, please contact:
Jule Ann Lieberman
Call: (800) 204-7428 or (215) 204-5967
**A contact tracer will never share your information with any local, state, or federal law enforcement agency.
Beginning on July 6, Pennsylvania residents can apply for the CARES Act Rent or Mortgage Relief Program being offered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.
Renters can receive up to $750 a month for up to 6 months, paid directly to their landlord. Those with mortgages are eligible for financial relief up to $1,000 a month for up to 6 months, paid directly to their mortgagee. In order to be considered eligible for these funds, renters and homeowners will need documentation that shows at least a 30% reduction in annual income since March 1, 2020. The reduction must be directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic or the individual must have become unemployed after March 1, 2020. Funds will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.
Residents can learn more and apply online: www.phfa.org
Delaware County is collaborating with Community Action Agency of Delaware County (CAADC) to process applications for rental assistance. CAADC can be reached at (610) 874-8451.
The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, was established to assist people who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.
Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging (COSA) Four Year Plan for the period July 1, 2020-June 30, 2024.
View COSA’s 4-Year Plan
The County of Delaware and COSA want to assure the public that we are doing everything possible to keep residents safe and healthy.
We ask that everyone keep in mind the elderly and those who are most vulnerable to suffer the most if contracting the virus. Check on your elderly neighbors and offer to help in any way you are able.
If you are a senior or know of a senior who would benefit from a friendly phone call from a COSA staff member to check on your/their well-being or to discuss your concerns, call 610-490-1300.
The County of Delaware has a special page on their website dedicated to the latest Coronavirus news. Information can be found at www.delcopa.gov and click on the button marked "Coronavirus".
Several grocery stores in our area are adjusting their hours to allow seniors their own time to shop during this pandemic.
Click here to view more information.
Click here to visit the PA Department of Health's dedicated Coronavirus webpage.
Click here to view the PA Department of Aging's resource guide.
Click here to view the National Alliance on Mental Illness COVID-19 guide.
Information on Economic Impact Payments can be found here.
Click here to view AARP's Guide to Protect Your Home from the Coronavirus.
Please email GroceryDropOff@CTDelco.org for this service. If you do not have access to email, call 215-900-2519.
Currently, this program does not include prescription pick-up. If you are in need of prescription refills from a local pharmacy, please consider the following options. Click here.
Scammers never take time off and, in times of uncertainty or a crisis, still come up with ways to rip off the public often based on their fears. They will exploit any situation they think will help them be more successful in their scam.
According to ABC News, scammers are already trying to take advantage of the COVID-19 fears and claim to be calling about President Trump's stimulus package. Scammers are calling to tell you that you qualify for $1,000-$14,000 in relief from COVID-19 from the federal government. In some cases, the caller states it's grant money. They tell you can get your money right away if you just give the caller your debit or credit card information.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, other scams include:
- companies claiming to sell products to cure or treat COVID-19
- Phishing emails-emails with headings related to the Coronavirus that include links that, by clicking on, could compromise your personal information or contain viruses
- charity scams
- online solicitation about immunizations
- stock scams
- undelivered goods-items you may have ordered not being received
Visit ftc.gov for information on scams, what to do if you've been scammed, and where you can file a complaint.
Visit aarp.org for additional information on scams.
The Senate Aging Committee has released its 2020 Fraud Book. The book includes tips on how to avoid scams, lists the top ten scams targeting our nation's seniors, and lists fraud resources.
To view the book, click here.
County of Delaware Services for the Aging
Annual Plan and Budget Summary