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Lawton Senior Center Gives Back

The participants of the Lawton Senior Center often enjoy outings to the Salt Springs State Park for picnics and other outdoor festivities. So when the park was affected by recent flooding, the senior center participants decided to step up and help out. Through various fundraising efforts throughout the year, the center was able to send $150.00 to aide in clean up and grounds recovery. The senior center participants were humbly pleased to help support the park they have enjoyed so often.

The Lawton Senior Center, located at 54 State Route 706 in Lawton, is open Mondays and Fridays from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Individuals 60 years of age and older are warmly welcomed to attend the Senior Center to have lunch and participate in the myriad of activities that are offered.


New Statewide Guardianship Tracking System (GTS) Released

Check out this video which highlights how the new system will help protect adults of all ages who have been appointed a guardian by Pennsylvania courts to learn more.


Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Period

Every year beginning October 15and ending December 7 the Annual Medicare Open Enrollment period (AOEP) takes place. The coverage and costs of Medicare Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare health plans, known as Advantage Plans, can change from year to year, and this is an opportunity for Medicare beneficiaries to review any changes, and choose the coverage that will best suit their needs.

The APPRISE program, Pennsylvania’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program, has counselors available to Medicare beneficiaries for assistance with plan comparisons, helping to ensure individuals’ insurance and prescription drug plan needs will be met in in the coming year. During the AOEP, the APPRISE program will be holding open enrollment events. Appointments at these events are free, confidential, unbiased, and open to all Medicare beneficiaries. Appointments are necessary to attend, and can be made by calling 1-800-982-4346.

2017 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Deadline Extended to December 31, 2018

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2017. The program benefits Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 and older with disabilities. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.

B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging, Inc. offers free assistance in filing the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program forms. Those seeking this assistance should be prepared with proof of all necessary income, and property tax or rental information necessary to process claims accurately.  Please call 1-800-982-4346 for more information, or to find a B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging, Inc. office near you.




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