House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee Hears Presentation on State Aging Plan, Says Hennessey

Joint hearing conducted with the Senate Aging and Youth Committee

HARRISBURG – Rep. Tim Hennessey (R-Chester), majority chairman of the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee, said today Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging Brian Duke recently presented the 2012-16 State Plan on Aging to a joint hearing of his committee and the Senate Aging and Youth Committee.

“It was important to have the two committees together to hear the presentation by Secretary Duke. It helps us direct public policy to assist our seniors in Pennsylvania have a better quality of life,” said Hennessey. “The plan also makes adjustments for the sluggish economy, which is causing other problems for our Commonwealth.”

Hennessey said Duke laid out the goals of the new state plan:

  • Improve access to care for older individuals at the right time, setting and intensity.
  • Empower older individuals to remain in the setting of their choice, by serving as a catalyst in developing communities in which to age and live well.
  • Direct older individuals to the supports necessary to maximize their health and well-being.
  • Revitalize and redesign aging services to further enhance the lives of older individuals.

A series of public hearings began in June 2012 with a joint committee session in Harrisburg to see the draft plan. The hearings continued in Pittsburgh, State College and Philadelphia, with the testimony taken into consideration for the final report that was approved in October, 2012 by the federal government.

Duke told the combined panels that the major themes focused on long-term care planning, health and wellness, the Pennsylvania Lottery and entering into partnerships with other state agencies, and academic institutions.

“The report is comprehensive and examines virtually all issues dealing with the process of aging in Pennsylvania,” said Hennessey. “I urge interested residents to read the report.”

The 2012-16 State Plan on Aging can be viewed on my website at

The Aging and Older Adult Services Committee will return to work with an informational hearing Monday, April 8 at 11 a.m. in Room 60, East Wing, Main Capitol in Harrisburg. The subject will be the Pennsylvania Living Independence for the Elderly (LIFE) program, which has a comprehensive package of medical and supportive services.

Representative Tim Hennessey
26th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact:  Raymond Smith
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