Community Action Agency Running Free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Sites

Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) is operating free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)sites for a fourteenth year. This year CAADC will be hosting four sites serving low-and-moderate-income families in Delaware County. All the sites will be staffed by IRS trained and certified community volunteers and will aim to serve families who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.

Last year, CAADC assisted over 1,000 households with completing their taxes. The free sites will be located at:

1. Wesley House   701 Madison Street  Chester, PA 19013

2. Sharon Hill Commons    401 Sharon Avenue   Sharon Hill, PA 19079

3. CAADC Boothwyn Office   1414 Meetinghouse Road    Boothwyn, PA 19061

4. Watkins Community Center    326 Watkins Avenue   Upper Darby, PA  19082

 

The sites begin operation on January 27th and will continue through April 15th.  All sites are by appointment only with hours occurring Monday-Saturday (days and hours vary at each site).

To schedule an appointment, call (610) 833-4455.

 

Posted 1/15/20 


Scammers sending fake IRS letters to senior citizens

Police have been notified that scammers are sending fake letters appearing to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to senior citizens across the state. BEWARE! If you have received a letter from the "IRS" and they ask that a check be made out to "The IRS", this can be a clear sign this is a fake letter, looking  to steal your information and your money.

Check the P.O. Box address against the government mailing address, located at https://www.irs.gov/filing/where-to-file-paper-tax-returns-with-or-without-a-payment.

Posted January 14, 2020


County senior testifies at Senate hearing on the impact of falls prevention programs

Ellen Williams, Health and Wellness Program Manager of the County of Delaware Services for the Aging, and hearing witness, Virginia Demby, of Chester PA pose with Senator Bob Casey in hearing room.

 

During a recent hearing, the Aging Committee released a recent report outlining the health and economic impact of falls.  Virginia Demby, an 84 year-old retired nurse from Chester, explained how she is working to help spread the word about falls prevention classes. Ms. Demby is not only a participant in these classes, she is working to spread the word on the benefits of these classes and the impact they have had on her life.

To learn more about COSA's Health and Wellness Program and programs offered, click on the Community Services box on the COSA homepage and then click on Health and Wellness.

 

Posted 10/25/19


Residents requested to complete survey on health-related needs in Delaware County

Survey is expected to be available from October 15, 2019-January 31, 2020.

Please type the link in your browser to access survey.


Ways to Make the World a Better Place for Seniors

By 2050, the senior population (adults age 65 and older) will be more than double that of the world's youngest citizens and the number of people living beyond age 80 is expected to triple over the next 30 years.

As the aging population increases, some 11.3 million seniors are living alone, according to the Institute on Aging.

Without proper support, seniors may face a wide range of issues including limited mobility, chronic conditions, improper nutrition and feelings of loneliness.

While anyone can benefit from a kind gesture, seniors are some of the most-in-need members in many communities.

Small gestures, like simple acts of kindness, can go a long way toward improving a senior's day.

To read the full article titled Ways to Make the World a Better Place for Seniors, click here.

Posted 9/30/19


A New Wave of Caregivers: Men

Did you know that of the 40 million family caregivers in America, nearly half of them are men?

According to Jean Accius of AARP, they are husbands taking care of spouses or partners, sons taking care of Mom or Dad, friends taking care of neighbors.

Also, According to PHI, a national research and advocacy organization that promotes quality care for older adults and people with disabilities, the home care work force has already doubled in size over the past 10 years, and the demand is only going to grow. But, there aren't enough workers to meet the need.

Making the profession more attractive to men is one way to fill the gap.

To read more of this article, visit https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/18/opinion/male-care-giver.html

Posted 9/26/19


Senate Aging Committee has released its 2018 Fraud Book

The Senate Aging Committee has released its 2018 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, visit https://www.aging.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/2018%20Fraud%20Book.pdf

Posted 3/20/18


Annual Plan and Budget Summary 2018-2019

County of Delaware Services for the Aging

Annual Plan and Budget Summary

2018-2019

click here

Posted 10/11/18


Social Security Express Desktop Icon

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.

By clicking onto this icon, users will able to access specific portions of the Social Security Administration's website to conduct business and obtain forms. This icon adheres to the Social Security Administration's Privacy Policy.

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

Posted 2/19/16


Do You Have Questions about Medicare?

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.

Revised 10/4/17


Do You Have Medicare? A & B?

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.

Revised 7/10/17


Dom Care Providers Needed

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.

Posted 8/22/14


Fair Acres offers new website as a resource

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.

Revised 9/26/16


Social Security Changes

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*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.

Revised 9/17/14


COSA's 4-Year Plan

Click Here for COSA’s 4-Year Plan

Click Here for Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging (COSA) Four Year Plan for the Period July, 1 2016 – June 30, 2020.