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Pennsylvania Council on Aging

The Pennsylvania Council on Aging serves as an advocate for older individuals and advises the governor and the department on planning, coordination, and delivery of services to older individuals. The 16 members who make up the council (the majority of whom are required to be age 60 or older) are nominated by the governor and subject to Senate confirmation. Five additional members of the council are chairs of the five regional councils.

The Pennsylvania Council on Aging's State of Older Adults During COVID-19

The Pennsylvania Council on Aging (PCoA) conducted a statewide survey of older adults in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey was open to any Pennsylvanian over the age of 60 and was available in both English and Spanish. Responses were collected during the first week of April and over 3,700 responses were received from across the state.  The resulting report was compiled from those responses and is a product of the PCoA's Social Isolation Task Force.

Solo Interactive Guide CoverSOLO: Strengthening Older Lives Online

SOLO is an interactive guide with information and resources to help older adults cultivate a healthy mind, body and spirit amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was designed to be a user-friendly self-empowering tool for older adults to share with their peers as a way to reduce social isolation. SOLO was created by PCoA's Risk Reduction Committee, which is made up of older adults and was formed in response to the council's State of Older Adults Report.

Tools available in the guide include:

    • Activities & videos to help stay mentally, spiritually, and physically fit
    • Resources available to assist with those three areas
    • Short questionnaires to build active health plans

SOLO: Online Group Sessions

SOLO online group sessions will be available January 12, 21 and February 3, 9. These group sessions are designed to give older adults the opportunity to focus on their mental, physical and spiritual health and maximize the positive impact of the guide. Sessions are limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

To view session times for each date, and to RSVP please fill out the SOLO: Strengthening Older Lives Online Session RSVP form.