HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Department of Aging, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Lottery, is providing information on aging services at the 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show, which runs through January 14 in Harrisburg.
"With an estimated half a million people from all ages and stages of life expected to attend the 2017 Pennsylvania Farm Show, it's fitting that we pause to participate in the largest indoor agricultural event in America," Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne said. "While the PA Farm Show has something for everyone, most of all it provides an opportunity for visitors to observe and educate themselves about the importance of agriculture, which is the commonwealth's largest industry, while also learning about the array of services and programs that are available to support older Pennsylvanians, their families and caregivers."
Today, Secretary Osborne spoke with visitors at the department's booth, and for the duration of the show Department of Aging staff will be on-hand to answer questions and provide information regarding caregiver support, employment, health and wellness, help at home, housing, insurance, legal assistance, meals, ombudsman, prescription assistance, protective services, and transportation. These programs are supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, which generated over $1.1 billion to benefit older Pennsylvanians in the 2015-16 fiscal year.
"The majority of long-term care services provided to older Pennsylvanians is unpaid care by family and friends, many of whom will be visiting the Farm Show, where the department will be present all week in order to make connections, respond to questions, and provide information to those who need our support and guidance the most," said Secretary Osborne.
Guests can pick up a copy of the 2017 Benefits and Rights book, which is a comprehensive outline of aging services. They can also obtain other various brochures and applications for programs that benefit older Pennsylvanians.
In 2016, the Pennsylvania Farm Show attracted over a half million attendees, and featured over 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Aging