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Department of Aging to develop 10-Year Master Plan for Older Adults

 Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging Jason Kavulich addresses community members at the launch of the state's ten-year plan development
Haley O'Brien
Community leaders gathered to begin the development of a plan for seniors in Pennsylvania. It's meant to improve the coordination of services for older adults.

A state initiative to plan for the coordination of services for older adults in Pennsylvania kicked off today in Scranton.

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging Secretary Jason Kavulich chose his hometown to start gathering community engagement for the ten-year Master Plan for Older Adults.

"Scranton has what it takes for us to engage with community to really work together to build the master plan," he said. "The master plan is an exercise of stakeholder engagement, the mater plan is something we all have to build together."

The state is inviting everyone to comment on the needs of the aging population as they develop a living document.

Carbon County Commissioner Chris Lukasevich was there to point out the biggest issues they face.

"Having care providers, and then the transportation would be two. And then, sustaining them in their homes for as long as possible, aging in place."

Pennsylvania will be the twelfth state to adopt a master plan of this kind. Secretary Kavulich plans to visit all 67 Pennsylvania counties before it is published in February 2024.