The County of Mercer offers a variety of programs and services directed to older adults. More information is available about each area by linking to the web pages.
Aging and Disability Resource Connection:
Mercer County’s Aging & Disability Resource Connection is the doorway to information for seniors, adults with physical disabilities age 18 or older, family caregivers and private-pay consumers to find out what is available and help them access services quickly. This resource is the best way for consumers to find out about:
- Home and community-based services to help consumers remain active and independent.
- Medicare, Medicaid and other insurance options.
- Planning for care needs now and for the future.
- Housing and transportation options.
- Caregiver assistance and supports.
- Health promotion and disease prevention services
- Work and volunteer opportunities.
Nutrition Project for the Elderly:
The Nutrition Project for the Elderly, an offshoot of the Older Americans Act, provides older Mercer County residents with nutritionally balanced and appetizing meals that are served in centers that bring people together for activities and social contact, which are important aspects of everyone’s life.
Office on Aging:
The Mercer County Office on Aging is a federally designated agency that serves as the primary advocate, planning and coordinating agency for Mercer County’s adults age 60 years or older and their caregivers by:
- Operating as a fully functioning Aging and Disabilities Resource Connection information and referral resource
- Conducting screens for community services
- Assisting with form completion to encourage accurate eligibility and accessibility to programs and services
- Helping consumers navigate systems and processes
- Fostering community relationships to enhance positive aging experiences
- Developing and administering comprehensive coordinated programs and services
- Encouraging use of community-based programs such as assisted transportation; health promotion and disease prevention; legal services and prevention education; safe housing and transportation; summer cooling; telephone reassurance; and weekday/weekend home-delivered meals
Senior Art Show:
The Mercer County Senior Art Show is an annual juried exhibition of original artwork open to Mercer County residents age 60 and over. Artist classifications are Professional and Non-Professional; categories are Acrylics, Craft, Digital/Computer Art, Drawing & Prints, Mixed Media, Oils, Pastel, Photography, Prints, Sculpture and Watercolor.
The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office presents programs designed to assist older adults including the Emergency Blue Light and Personal Alarm programs and Project Lifesaver.
T.R.A.D.E. (Transportation Resources to Aid the Disadvantaged and Elderly):
The County of Mercer through T.R.A.D.E. provides non-emergency transportation to eligible Mercer County residents, including older adults (age 60+) and people with disabilities. It is the mission of T.R.A.D.E. to provide a safe, efficient and economical para-transit service to all eligible Mercer County residents by trained staff dedicated to the passengers’ special needs.