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Area Agency on Aging Seeks More State Funding for Senior Services

Area Agency on Aging Administrator Carol Davies

Lebanon County’s Area Agency on Aging has been struggling to keep its head above water in the midst of rising prices across the board, plus the “great resignation” of American employees that has been occurring since the coronavirus pandemic struck. The impact is causing the agency difficulty in maintaining its current level of service to the county’s elderly population.

Recently, Administrator Carol Davies sought approval from County Commissioners to provide a cost of living increase for eleven outside service providers which are contracted to work with seniors in state-funded programs.

She said the usual cost of living adjustment runs about two percent each year, as governed by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, but this year they bumped it up to 4.5 percent:

Davies said she sought and received a waiver from the state to offer the 5.5 percent cost of living adjustment and there would be no extra funding that the county would have to cover.

Commissioners gladly approved her request, noting that the issues the Area Agency on Aging providers were experiencing were also being experienced by virtually every other business and government entity looking to hire more employees.