elderly-beaver-county

Recently, my husband and I have been spending a lot of time with family…some happy celebrations, some deeply sad gatherings. Whatever the occasion, though, I have been reminded time and time again how lucky we are to be surrounded by family, and to have a built-in support group.

It got me thinking about the elderly citizens in our county that may need some additional help from time to time. Whether you have an aging family member that you need extra help caring for or a neighbor you have concerns about, there are organizations in the county waiting to lend a helping hand.

Beaver County Office on Aging

The Beaver County Office on Aging provides a multitude of services for individuals 60 and older. You must check out the website for this organization – the services they offer are exhaustive.

https://www.partnersforhome.ca/our-difference/ can help individuals understand their Medicare products or allow members access to gardening plots through Senior Gardens. They can arrange home health care, chore services, respite care for those providing support to elderly family members, home-delivered meals or adult day care. Their website also provides a number of links to informational resources for the elderly and their caregivers.

Some services may require a co-pay, a needs assessment or assignment of a Care Manager. BCOA operates a number of Senior Center locations throughout the county as well. Open to anyone 60 and over, these centers offer exercise programs, hot meals, educational programs and recreational activities.

Beaver County Office on Aging
1020 8th Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA 15010
724-847-2262 or 1-888-548-2262

LIFE Beaver County

LIFE Beaver County is an organization helping eligible seniors stay in their homes safely by managing their medical and social needs. LIFE means Living Independence for the Elderly and is associated nationally with PACE, the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly.

Among some of its services, LIFE Beaver provides comprehensive medical care and prescription coverage, meals, transportation and recreational opportunities to its members.

LIFE Beaver County
131 Pleasant Drive, Suite 1, Aliquippa, PA 15001
724-378-5400

Circle of Friends, Inc.

The Circle of Friends mission statement declares they are “committed to providing a diverse and multi-faceted program in a community social center setting that maintains and enhances the independence, dignity, and quality of life of older residents residing in Beaver County and surrounding areas.”

With locations in New Brighton, Baden, Aliquippa and Midland, Circle of Friends offers a variety of programs and events, including dance and exercise classes, insurance counseling, day trips and bingo. All sites provide a daily lunch, and the menu is posted online.

Circle of Friends, Inc.
New Brighton Facility: 1851 3rd. Avenue, New Brighton, PA 15066; 724-846-1959
Baden Facility: 371 Linmore Avenue, Baden, PA 15005; 724-869-4224
Aliquippa Facility: 952 Franklin Avenue, Aliquippa, PA 15001; 724-857-9989
Midland Facility: 936 Midland Avenue, Midland, PA 15059; 724-869-4224

DART

Beaver County Transit Authority operates the DART system. This is a “demand and response transportation system,” providing door-to-door service for individuals 65 and older. Reservations must be made and a co-pay applies to every trip.

DART
724-728-4255

AARP

While AARP is not a local organization, they are able to provide a wealth of information to and about the 50 and older population. With an AARP membership, one has access to any number of useful tools. Their website and magazine contain valuable information about financial planning, caring for aging parents, and healthy living tips. Members also receive benefits such as access to health, auto, and homeowners insurance, and discounts on things like travel and phone service.

These are only a few of the organizations out there providing services to seniors and their caregivers – and only a brief overview of some of their services. Please contact each directly for membership and fee information, as well as schedules for programs and meals.

AARP
1-888-OUR-AARP (1-888-687-2277)

A quick Google search provides further info on assisted living facilities, meals on wheels programs, and support groups on topics ranging from Alzheimer’s to reducing caregiver stress. If you are a senior in need of assistance or a family member seeking to enhance the life of a loved one, please reach out to one of these organizations or talk to your primary care physician for suggestions.

Many of these groups also rely heavily on donations and volunteers – if you are able to help, please do!

Abby Baker
Abby is a life-long resident of Beaver, so she is thrilled to be a part of this project. She loves this little town of ours! She lives in Bridgewater with her husband, Matt, and their favorite topics of conversation, their dog, Mabel, and their black cats, Ozzie & Gus. When she’s not busy hunting down stories to entertain you guys, she can be found with her nose in a book…or eating ice cream…or both. Usually both.