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COVID-19 Resource Guide for Older Adults

The safety and well-being of Pennsylvania's older adults and their families and caregivers are the Pennsylvania Department of Aging's top priorities.  To keep you updated during COVID-19, we have developed a list of resources and updates to programs and services that we provide.

General COVID-19 Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that results in respiratory illness and is extremely contagious. Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and diarrhea.

Some people, including older adults, seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19.  Reducing exposure for those with greater risk is especially important.

How to Reduce Exposure

    • Stay home as much as possible
    • Wash your hands often
    • Keep space between yourself and others (6 feet)
    • Wear a cloth facemask when in public
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces

What to Do if You Think You May Have COVID-19

If you think you may have symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and call your doctor.  If you do not have a health care provider, call 1-877-PA-HEALTH.

Know the Emergency Warning Signs

Emergency warning signs may include difficulty breathing, persistent chest pain or pressure, new confusion, an inability to rouse, bluish lips or face or any other issues that are severe.

If you develop emergency warning signs seek medical care immediately

Stay Up-to-Date

For the most accurate and timely information regarding COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health's COVID-19 Resource Page or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258).

Where to Go for Help

Your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) can connect you to programs and services that can help you stay home and stay safe.  While the physical AAA offices are closed, they are still operating and taking calls. Use the Area Aging on Aging Locator to find the AAA serving your local area.

The PA Link assists older adults and individuals with disabilities by providing information and connecting them to supports and services they need (non-medical and medical) to live safely in their homes and communities.  Contact the PA Link Call Center by phone at 1-800-753-8827 or online at

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