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senior-trainingPennsylvania’s 52 Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) provide information for the issues and concerns affecting older people and their caregivers. Specific services at each agency vary throughout the state, but each agency offers a wide array of programs to help older Pennsylvanians and their families get the help and information they need.

The Area Agency on Aging that serves the needs of residents of Luzerne and Wyoming counties was established by the Luzerne County commissioners in 1968 and was designed to serve both counties in 1974.

As an Area Agency on Aging, the organization is responsible for planning and coordinating a comprehensive system of social services for the older residents of the community. The agency acts as an advocate and speaks out on all issues related to the well-being and needs of older people.

The Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne and Wyoming Counties works to create a community environment that promotes the ability of all older people to function with independence and dignity throughout their lives. The mission is accomplished by planning and coordinating community efforts in order to promote a comprehensive system of services, providing services directly when necessary to assure quality and availability of care, and advocating and speaking out on all issues related to the well-being of older adults.

The Area Agency on Aging administers the Senior Community Service Employment Programs (SCSEP).

The Senior Community Service Employment Programs provide part-time, subsidized, on-the-job training to eligible seniors who are at least 55 years of age. Program participants work up to 25 hours per week in a variety of jobs, including child care, maintenance, clerical, library aide and senior center aide. Those enrolled in the program also benefit from individual job counseling, job search workshops, resumé preparation training, labor market information, job interviewing techniques and job referrals.

To learn more about the Senior Community Service Employment Programs, visit www.aginglw.org.

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