MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (Jan 2, 2020) - LeadingAge PA, the voice for non-profit senior care in Pennsylvania, today lauded Gov. Tom Wolf for his new initiative, "Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters." This effort will expand access to important mental health resources for countless Pennsylvanians, including seniors. As part of Reach Out PA, Pennsylvania will be offering more Dementia Friends training.

"LeadingAge PA commends Gov. Wolf for taking this critical step in helping countless Pennsylvanians address mental health issues," said LeadingAge PA President and CEO Adam Marles. "As one of the grayest states in the nation, access to critical mental care for seniors is increasingly important. LeadingAge PA looks forward to working with the Wolf administration and the Dementia Friends program to help improve the lives of Pennsylvania seniors who are fighting this disease."

LeadingAge PA staff completed the training and became Dementia Friends in 2019, and are pleased Gov. Wolf will include a focus on a program teaching volunteers how a senior can live his/her best life with dementia.

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About LeadingAge PA:
LeadingAge PA is a trade association representing more than 320 not-for-profit senior housing, health care and community services across the commonwealth. These providers serve more than 75,000 older Pennsylvanians and employ over 50,000 dedicated caregivers on a daily basis. Services our members offer include Life Plan Communities / Continuing Care Retirement Communities, skilled nursing communities, assisted living residences, personal care homes, and affordable senior housing. LeadingAge PA advocates on behalf of our members at the state and local levels to influence positive change and affect a healthy vision for the delivery  of quality, affordable and ethical care for Pennsylvania's seniors. For more information about LeadingAge PA and our envisioned future of senior services, visit www.leadingagepa.org.

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