Resources for the Pittsburgh Elderly (Seniors)

Moravia Health is the best choice for home health care, but Pennsylvania seniors require a whole host of services. Here we have provided a list of resources, food banks, exercise classes, and Managed Care Organizations (MCO) for the Pittsburgh region that we believe provides exceptional care. This article’s goal is to give a starting point for Pittsburgh seniors, but not to be exhaustive. Are you interested in resources for the Philadelphia region instead? Click here to view our compilation of places and activities for Philly residents.

Managed Care Organizations (MCO)

It is important for seniors to prioritize their health care, but it can be difficult to do so on fixed and retirement incomes. Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) are a response to that, intended to be one-stop shops for healthcare, created in an effort to minimize cost. These organizations, a descendant of Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), were created in 1973 and have dealt with controversy regarding their efficacy since their inception. Despite the battles, both political and philosophical, that have engulfed MCOs since their inception 90% of insured Americans are in managed care. In Pittsburgh, there is a myriad of MCOs that we have listed below.

Managed Care Organizations

Managed Care Organizations (MCO) for Pittsburgh, PA Phone Number Website
Highmark Health (412) 544-7000
Great Lakes Physician Practice PC (833) 444-4577
Metro Family Practice (412) 247-2310
Tioga Health Care Providers (570) 724-6474
University Dental Health Services (UDHS) (412) 648-9100
Regional Heart Network (412) 544-6668
Fayette Oncology Associates (412) 623-5781
UPMC Mercy Medical Staff Treasury (412) 232-7955
Laurel Management Services (412) 647-2345

Food Banks

In 2019, nearly 7% or ~5 million seniors (over 60) experienced food insecurity, according to Feeding America. In addition to the viral images of lines at food banks in 2020, due to the coronavirus, a study from Northwestern University revealed the Covid-19 crisis exploded those numbers to 13.5% of seniors (over 60). Specifically, Moravia Health has embraced its responsibility to the community through a continued relationship with the Latin Hispanic American Community Center with a weekly food drive in Harrisburg. In Pittsburgh, there are numerous resources are available, some of which are listed below.

Food Banks

Food Banks for Pittsburgh Phone Number Website Address
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (412) 460-3663 1 North Linden Street
Duquesne, PA 15110
North Hills Food Bank (412) 366-7477 845 Perry Highway
Pittsburgh, PA 15229
Northside Common Ministries Food Pantry (412) 323-1170 1601 Brighton Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
CHS Food Pantry (412) 246-1688 370 Lawn Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry (412) 421-2708 link 828 Hazelwood Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Numerous churches in the Pittsburgh region have food pantries.

Senior Physical Activity

We all know the old maxim, health is wealth. And as with most things, the best investments show their worth over time. Recommended by the CDC, seniors should prioritize aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. While many physical activities exist for seniors to participate in, the CDC targets 2.5 hours of heart-raising activity weekly, with muscle-strengthening activities scheduled biweekly. In Pittsburgh, there are numerous groups and regular activities available, some of which are listed below.

Physical Activity Suggestions from the CDC

Exercise Classes

Exercise Classes Phone Number Website Address
Vintage Senior Services (Silver Sneakers) (412) 361-5003 421 North Highland Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh (412) 227-3800 Foster Plaza 10
680 Andersen Drive, Suite 400
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
X Shadyside Gym (412) 363-9999 5608 Walnut Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Walk With Ease – AgeWell Pittsburgh (412) 422-0400

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