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Helpful Organizations in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Area

LIFE Pittsburgh - Living Independence For the Elderly
875 Greentree Rd., Suite 200
Pittsburgh, PA 15220-2766

— LIFE Pittsburgh provides all-inclusive medical care, adult day and home care at no cost to qualified older adults who wish to remain independent in their own homes. LIFE is a provider-sponsored health plan approved by both Medicare and Medicaid. This means your LIFE doctor and other care providers are also the people who work with you to make decisions about your care. LIFE programs known nationally as Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) provide medical services with the goal of having older, frailer adults remain safe and independent in their homes. LIFE’s coordinated plan of care includes all medical, social, and daily living support. Primary care and community services are provided through the Day Health Centers and through an in-home program according to an individual’s needs. Services include comprehensive medical care, including outpatient and inpatient services, emergency care, podiatry, dentistry, hearing and eye care, diagnostic tests, lab tests and procedures, full prescription coverage, physical, occupational, speech and recreational therapy, nutritional support, transportation to and from the day health centers and to medical appointments, medical supplies and durable medical equipment. LIFE serves residents of Allegheny County who are 55 years old or older, in need of nursing facility care as defined by the state, and able to live safely in the community with the support of LIFE services. There are no fees whatsoever for financially eligible participants.


Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging
800-344-4319 or 412-350-5460
— Through approximately eighty senior citizen centers throughout Allegheny County, the Agency on Aging provides many services.


American Cancer Society
320 Bilmar Drive • Pittsburgh, PA 15205 • 1-888-227-5445
— The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. For up-to-date cancer information 24 hours a day, seven days a week, contact the American Cancer Society at 1.800.ACS.2345, or visit our web site at


Carrier Alert
— Anyone 60 years of age or older or disabled residing in Allegheny County is eligible. The customer's letter carrier, in performing his or her daily rounds, will be alert to an accumulation of mail which might signify a sudden illness or accident.


The Center for Healthy Aging (CHA)
A CDC Prevention Research Center • University of Pittsburgh • Graduate School of Public Health
412-624-3217 •
— CHA promotes healthy lifestyles and disease prevention. Free Community Health Ambassador classes focusing on the "10 Keys to Healthy Aging" empower adults to take ownership of their health.


Easter Seal Society of Allegheny County
—Provides programs & services for people with disabilities.


Eastern Area Adult Services
— Center services, information and referral, volunteer opportunities, etc.


Hill House Senior Services
— Center services, information and referral, outreach.


Intestinal Disease Foundation, Inc.


LifeSpan, Inc.
— Community support services and resource center for older adults 60 and over; 16 senior community centers.


Lutheran Service Society
— Center services, information and referral, outreach, Meals on Wheels, APPRISE.


Myasthenia Gravis Association of Western PA


Northern Area Multi-Service Center
— Center services, information and referral.


United Way of Allegheny County
— United Way programs reach out to more than 62,000 local elderly people.

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