PA Department Of Aging Encourages Elders To Participate In Census

2020 Census

HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The September 30 deadline for the 2020 Census is just around the bend, and the Pennsylvania Department of Aging is making sure to speak on the importance of older adults being counted.

It's not just important for elderly people, though.

It’s a great way for families and communities to get benefits through increased federal support.

But specifically for elders, it can improve the aid that comes through programs like Medicaid, Medicare Part B, SNAP, and nutrition services.

Secretary of Aging Robert Torres urges older people to partake in the census so that they can reap the added benefits that come with a greater population.

"The federally-funded programs supported by the Department of Aging along with the services that we provide are critical for our older Pennsylvanians to help maintain their quality of life.

"The ramifications of not getting an accurate Census count could be detrimental and result in the loss of federal dollars that are needed to preserve these essential programs for years to come," said Torres.

"We must all work together to ensure each and every one of our older adults is counted, no matter where they live."

Census workers are in the middle of going house to house to contact citizens who have yet to complete their census information.

With that, Torres is also recommending that older Pennsylvanians be wary of scammers.

Proper Census workers will have the appropriate ID badge to show.

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