Resources for Senior Citizens

Scroll down to learn about a variety of resources for senior citizens in the Pittsburgh area. Click on the names of organizations to be directed to their website.


Provides information on services available to help older adults and people with disabilities maintain their independence, dignity and quality of life. Services include: information and referral, eligibility screening, options counseling, and application assistance.

Provides information about all the aging-related services provided through the DHS Area Agency on Aging (AAA) including information about senior center activities, care management, home health and many others.

Offers informational and counseling sessions at 61 Allegheny County nursing homes to make long-term care consumers aware of community-based care options. In cases where relocation back into the community is appropriate and desirable for the consumer, NHT staff work closely with the consumer, family caregivers and nursing home staff to provide the necessary resources and assistance throughout the transition process. A state-wide initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging to expand the range of long-term care opportunities beyond traditional nursing home care for both elderly consumers and consumers of all ages with disabilities.

Centralized information and referral network for the continuum of aging services available both within and outside the Jewish community of Pittsburgh. AgeWell Pittsburgh is a collaborative effort of the Jewish Association on Aging, Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh and Jewish Family and Children's Service.

Senior Services provided by Allegheny County/Area Agency on Aging programs include: Information and Referral, Care Management, Protective Services, Guardianship, AARP/Volunteer Money Management. These services are provided to persons age 60 and older.


ACCESS is door-to-door, advance reservation, shared ride transportation provided throughout Port Authority's service area and serves primarily senior citizens and persons with disabilities. Service is provided from 6:00 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week, and at such other times and places that Port Authority fixed route service is in operation. There are no restrictions on the purpose or number of trips which may be taken by riders, except that riders are required to share their vehicle with others traveling in the same direction and at the same time.

Recruits volunteers and matches them to senior citizens for various services including transportation, shopping, visiting, light housework caregiver relief, and telephone reassurance program.

Assistance may be provided to older adults to relieve their day-to-day burden and stress associated with living with and caring for functionally impaired family members.

A network of diverse religious congregations that matches trained volunteers with the frail elderly to assist them with friendly visiting, transportation and escort, grocery shopping, running errands, telephone reassurance, snow shoveling, home safety checks, and correspondence.

Supportive services to persons 60 years and older that have been released from jail or prison and need assistance obtaining housing, food, and clothing. Services include counseling, job readiness, housing assistance, attending hearings, and in-home services.

Links volunteers with seniors who need help to stay in their home. Volunteers provide non-medical, practical caregiving such as: telephone reassurance, friendly visiting, grocery shopping and errands, transportation and escorting to medical appointments. This is a United Way initiative in partnership with Family Services of Western PA to ensure that all vulnerable seniors in Allegheny County receive volunteer help.

Provides regular visits and assistance to older adults in their home. Volunteer companions may assist with simple daily activities, serve as an escort for shopping, medical, or social outings, or provide caregiver relief. These in-home visits are also an opportunity to check on the well-being of older adults during emergencies such as extremely hot or cold weather and power outages.

Repairs and weatherizes the homes of veterans, seniors, and disabled residents in collaboration with local nonprofits and citizen volunteers. Available services include: Accessibility home modifications; Weatherization; Health & safety upgrades; Plumbing, electrical, and utility improvements; Structural integrity upgrades.

Toll-free support line for those who provide care for veterans living with the effects of war, disability, chronic illness, or aging. The support line provides information on VA caregiver support resources and "warm" referral to caregiver support coordinators located in all VA medical centers. The support line is also available to respond to inquiries about the caregiver benefits associated with the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010.