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Age-Friendly West Chester, PA


Contact Age-Friendly West Chester, PA  

Age-Friendly West Chester, PA

Peoples Building
690 S Church St
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2945


Upcoming Events

Sponsored and funded by the County branches of the Pennsylvania State Departments in these areas.

Health Screenings & Information Session - June 2, 2016 1pm-5pm

The University of Health & Wellness has been designed to provide you with health screenings and information regarding services available to you, and how to find ad access those services.

Experts will be available to discuss:

  • Chester County Dept. of Aging – (Over of Services)
  • Senior Centers in Chester County
  • Vision & Macular Degeneration
  • Dental Information and Awareness
  • APPRISE Program (Medicare and Medicaid Counseling)
  • Diet and Diet Planning
  • Affordable Housing
  • Emergency Preparedness

Health Screening Session include:

  • Hearing Loss Clinic
  • Memory Clinic
  • Oral Cancer Screening
  • Health Screenings Clinic by the C.C. Health Dept.
    • Blood Pressure Screening
    • Hydration Screening
    • Fall Risk Screening
    • Shingles Vaccine Clinic

Rover will provide transportation to and from this event for a $1.00 fee each way for those who are age 60+. Please register with Rover by calling 610-594-3911 or toll free 877-873-8415.

Download the event flyer

Shingles Vaccine Clinic

Sponsored by the Chester County Health Department and the Chester County Department of Aging Services

All individuals aged 60 and older who reside in Chester County are eligible to receive the shingles vaccine at no charge at one of the follow locations:


  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, 610-344-6035
    10 W. Pleasant Grove Road, West Chester, PA 19382
    Thursday, 6/2/16, 1pm-6pm
  • Kennet Senior Center, 610-444-4819
    427 S. Walnut Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348
    Monday, 6/20/16, 9am - noon

Download the event flyer

Ongoing WCU and Community Projects in Aging

Coordinator Project Contact

Barbara Harrison (McPherson)

Associate Professor, Dept of Nursing, West Chester University of PA

  1. One of 4 researchers, who completed an 8-week Fall prevention program at 2 local senior centers.
  2. Nursing students in Community Health Course (NSG 311) complete community Assessments and Teaching projects
  3. Teaches Theories of Aging courses and will be teaching an Intro to Aging course.
  4. Works as a GNP 4 hours/week for Christiana Care in Memory eval clinic (Team Captain of Nursing group at the Wilmington Alzheimer's Walk - raising over $1,000.00)

Neil Beresin
National Program Manager

Vitalize 360-Combines an innovative, award-winning, person-directed approach to wellness coaching with the power of information derived from a scientifically grounded assessment system. The program engages, challenges and inspires older adults to live full, healthy, vibrant lives and enables communities to demonstrate significant improvement in successful aging. Vitalize 360 is a joint venture between two not-for-profits: Hebrew SeniorLife, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate, and Kendal.

Mary Braz, Ph.D.
Department of Communication Studies,
West Chester University of PA

Grandparents University-Established by Communication Studies professor Mary Braz in 2010, Grandparents University brings children and their grandparents to campus for a few days each summer to experience the fun and excitement of college life. Numerous faculty from the Department of Communication Studies are involved with Grandparents University, including Dr. Michael Boyle, Dr. Tim Brown, Dr. Denise Polk, Dr. Anita Foeman and Dr. Meghan Peirce.

Karen J. Mitchell, Ph.D
Assistant Professor,
Department of Psychology West Chester University of PA

Research titled: Reducing Need for Cognitive Control Does Not Improve Older Adults’ Explicit Source Memory. In a study conducted with several WCU students, the researchers manipulated the degree of cognitive control needed during retrieval and assessed source memory. Findings were consistent with other findings in the literature that suggest that under the explicit task instructions used, older adults' source memory deficits are not alleviated by a presumed decrease in the need for cognitive control. That is to say, older adults find it more difficult than young adults to adopt and enact instructed strategies for improving their source memory. For more information regarding this study, please contact the coordinator.

A Celebration of Life-Long Learning

Sharing the results of Assessments and Programs with the University, the local community, and the region.

Celebration of Age Friendly West Chester

Claudia Hellebush, speaking at Age-Friendly West Chester celebration
Dr. Lorraine Bernotsky Speaking at Age-Friendly West Chester celebration
Students, Professor Tahmaseb-McConatha and mayor Carolyn Comitta Celebrating Age-Friendly West Chester
Senior citizens with WCU stundents sitting at tables
WCU President Dr. Greg Weisenstein speaking at Age-Friendly West Chester celebration
WC mayor Carolyn Comitta speaking at Age-Friendly West Chester celebration

Poster and Research Presentations (2015-2016)

Combating Ageism and promoting social participation and civic engagement.

Fall 2015 All Science Research Poster Presentation on Third Spaces and Well Being
male student with male professor standing in front of a poster
female students standing in front of poster
Female students standing in front of poster


International and Regional presentations on Age-Friendly West Chester research that encompasses combating Ageism, Intergenerational learning, and Health and Well-being in later life.

Association for Women in Psychology 2016 Conference Slide
Aging Society: Fifth Interdisciplinary Conference Slide

Careers in Aging Day

West Chester University’s careers in aging event.

male student and female student standing in front of steps and poster

Spa Day at the Senior Center

Students held a day of pampering for older adults residents of West Chester, integrating intergenerational communication and participation.

elderly woman showing holding up her hands showing her polished fingernails
two elderly woman making crafts
elderly woman receiving a manicure
elderly woman receiving a manicure from a student
elderly woman receiving a manicure
elderly woman sitting in a chair holding a cane
elderly woman decorating a basket with silk flowers
two elderly women sitting at a table with crafts