AARP Tax Aide Program

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program is again offering FREE tax service for taxpayers of all ages, especially adults 50 and older, during the 2019 tax season.

Last year in York County, nearly 100 volunteers filed more than 4,100 Federal, PA and local income tax returns at 16 different locations throughout York County.

There is no fee and AARP membership is not required.

Taxpayers should bring their photo ID and proof of their social security or ITIN numbers for anyone on the tax return, including children or other claimed depend-ents. Also, last year’s tax return is helpful if it’s available.

AARP Tax-Aide volunteers can prepare most personal income tax returns, includ-ing those with basic self-employment income. They are not trained to do business returns such as corporate, partnership, limited partnership, farm income, or rental income. These types of returns are beyond the scope of the Tax-Aide program.

Beginning January 21, 2020, you can call the location nearest you to make an ap-pointment.

Messiah United Methodist Church (York) 717-771-9042
York Alliance Church 717-771-9042
Union Fire Company (Manchester) 717-771-9042
Aldersgate United Methodist Church (York) 717-771-9042
Crispus Attucks (York) 717-771-9042
St Matthew Lutheran Church (York) 717-771-9042
Red Land Senior Center (Lewisberry) 717-938-4649
Dover Township Library 717-292-6814
Eastern Area Senior Center 717-252-1641
Shrewsbury Grace UM Church 717-993-3488
Hanover Church of the Brethren 717-633-6353
Golden Connections Community Center (Red Lion) 717-244-7229 Windy Hill on the Campus (Spring Grove) 717-225-0733
Wrightsville Hope UM Church 717-252-1641
Dillsburg Senior Center 717-432-2216
White Rose Senior Center 717-843-9704
Delta Senior Center 717-456-5753
Northeastern Senior Center 717-266-1400

The Subaru Share the Love Event is Underway! Learn more to help the GCCC’s Meal on Wheels Program!


The GCCC Welcomes Its Newest Sponsor Encompass Health Rehabilitaton Hospital

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital

Why we’re different?

Our approach to physical rehabilitation sets us apart. We firmly believe that every success starts with our dedicated team of professionals, so we make sure they are empowered with all the tools they need to help our patients be successful. Innovative technologies, advanced therapies, customized treatment plans, coordinated care teams – these are all part of our promise to deliver the highest level of rehabilitative care.
Who is appropriate for inpatient rehabilitation?

Inpatient rehabilitation hospitals are designed to provide intensive therapy to medically complex patients who can benefit from 24 hour nursing care and close medical management, while participating in an intensive program of physical, occupational, and if necessary, speech therapy The interdisciplinary approach includes a team of nurses, therapists a rehabilitation physician and case manager.
All inpatient rehabilitation patients must meet the following medical criteria:

  • At least two therapy disciplines are required; needs to be able to withstand intensive therapy, generally at least three hours a day, five days a week
  • Ability to actively participate and benefit from intensive rehabilitation therapy with a measurable, practical improvement in the patient’s function expected in a reasonable amount of time
  • Receives physician supervision by a rehabilitation physician with a minimum of three face-to-face visits per week
  • Receives interdisciplinary team approach to care including weekly team meetings

Misconceptions of Planning Your Funeral in Advance

The Golden Connections Community Center is excited to welcome our newest senior center sponsor – Beck Funeral Home & Cremation Service Inc.

They have provided this wonderful article on misconceptions of planning your funeral in advance.  We couldn’t wait to share it with you.

Make Your Next Move With Confidence

If you are considering your next steps as a home owner please don’t hesitate to reach out to Melissa Ruffing, real estate agent. She is a senior center sponsor and is a Senior Real Estate Specialist who can help you make informed decisions on all of your housing needs.


America Let’s Do Lunch!

Golden Connections Community Center, Let’s Do Lunch: Volunteer with Meals on Wheels

More than 10 million seniors in the United States (that’s 1 in 6) currently face the threat of hunger and 15 million seniors are living alone in isolation. And, each and every day, Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver one million meals to those who need them the most.

Many people know Meals on Wheels as a food delivery service for the homebound. However, what they don’t know is how impactful the moments of contact between the volunteer and the recipient can be. For many seniors, the volunteer who drops off their meal is the only person they will see that day. The delivery isn’t just about nourishment; it’s about a valuable moment of human connection. And in turn, it’s those moments of human connection that make volunteering so rewarding.

We know firsthand that Meals on Wheels clients are some of the country’s most inspirational and interesting people, full of wisdom and stories. Our volunteers have noted time and again that these experiences are what keeps them coming back to Meals on Wheels, and deepens their connection beyond food delivery.

With the senior population projected to double by 2050, Meals on Wheels needs to recruit a whole new wave of volunteers to serve the growing need. Meals on Wheels, which consists of more than 5,000 local programs in virtually every community in America, relies on an army of two million volunteers who deliver meals to seniors in need every day between 11am-1pm. These volunteers are crucial to the well-being of seniors across the country. With the majority of the current volunteer base over the age of 55, there is a real need to encourage and recruit people of all ages to get involved, donate their lunch break and volunteer.

What can you do? You can experience these special moments of human connection right here in Red Lion by volunteering with the Golden Connections Community Center, Inc. If you can’t stray too far from the office, donate your lunch break and participate in meal delivery close to your work.

Sign up to volunteer with Golden Connections Community Center and start making a difference right here in our local community today. Potential volunteers please contact Tanika Colson, Meal Coordinator, at 717-244-7229 X 104 or for more information.

Lion Pharmacy Donates$1 for Every Flu Shot

Lion Pharmacy has partnered with the Golden Connections Community Center to help the community stay healthy during flu season. For every flu shot given at Lion Pharmacy the company will donate $1.00 to the community center.
Please consider using Lion Pharmacy as your preferred flu shot provider this fall and winter season.

Free Medicare Counseling

Get Help Navigating Medicare

 The York County Area Agency on Aging’s APPRISE Program will offer free personalized counseling during Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period, which begins Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7.

The annual enrollment period is when Medicare beneficiaries can review their coverage and determine if health and prescription plans continue to meet their needs. By comparing plans and making changes by Dec. 7, Medicare will have enough time to process those changes to ensure that the new coverage will begin on Jan. 1, 2018.

Medicare beneficiaries throughout the annual enrollment period will be able to receive one-on-one counseling assistance offered by trained APPRISE counselors at different locations throughout York County.  Pre-scheduled appointments are necessary and can be made by calling the APPRISE scheduling line at (717) 771-9042 or 1-800-632-9073.

Dates and locations for the sessions are as follows:

Oct. 18                                     Red Land High School

1 to 2:30 p.m.                         560 Fishing Creek Road, Fairview Township


Oct. 19                                     St John the Baptist Catholic Church

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.                    315 N. Constitution Ave., New Freedom Borough


Oct. 23 and Nov. 13               West York Area High School 4 to 6 p.m.

1800 Bannister St., West Manchester Township


Oct. 24 and Nov. 14                 Spring Grove High School

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.                     1490 Roth’s Church Road, Jackson Township


Oct. 25 and Nov. 29                 South Western High School

4 to 6:15 p.m.                           200 Bowman Road, Penn Township


Oct. 31                                         Kennard-Dale High School

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.           393 Main St., Fawn Township


Nov. 2                                      Dallastown Area High School

4 to 6 p.m.                                700 New School Lane, York Township


Nov. 8                                      South Central Senior Center

12 to 2:15 p.m.                        150 E. Main St., New Freedom Borough


Nov. 9 and Nov. 30                York Suburban High School 4 to 6 p.m.

1800 Hollywood Drive, Spring Garden Township


Nov. 15                                    Northeastern High School

1 to 4 p.m.                               300 High St., Manchester


Nov. 20                                    Red Lion Area High School

9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.         200 Horace Mann Ave., Red Lion


Dec. 4, 5 and Dec. 6                 York County Area Agency on Aging

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.                      100 West Market St., York


Earlier this month, Feeding America and The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) released The State of Senior Hunger in America in 2015, a study on food insecurity among seniors in the U.S. The report shows that 5.4 million seniors age 60 or older (8.1 percent) were food insecure in 2015, the most recent year for which data is available.

In addition, researchers found the following characteristics of seniors who struggle to meet their nutritional needs:

  • Seniors who are racial or ethnic minorities, low-income or younger vs. older (age 60-69 vs. age 80+) were most likely to be affected by some level of food insecurity.
  • Seniors who reported a disability were disproportionately affected, with 25% reporting food insecurity and an additional 13% reporting marginal food security.
  • Senior food insecurity rates vary by state, ranging from 2.9% in North Dakota to 15.6% in Louisiana. When seniors who experience marginal food security are included, total rates vary from 6.1% in North Dakota to 24.3% in Mississippi. Seniors living in the South are more likely to experience food insecurity than seniors living in other parts of the country.
  • Food insecurity adversely affects a person’s health, and the implications can be particularly problematic for seniors. Compared to food-secure seniors, food-insecure seniors:
    • Consume fewer calories and lower quantities of key nutrients.
    • Are more likely to experience negative health conditions, including depression, asthma, and chest pain.

In examining the extent of the threat of hunger nationally among seniors in 2015, the report also provides the rates of senior hunger in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Download the Executive Summary and Full Report Here!