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AgeWell Pittsburgh

AgeWell Pittsburgh, a collaborative program of the JCC, the Jewish Association on Aging and Jewish Family & Children’s Service, offers a one-stop resource that links older adults, their family members, friends and caregivers.
Call 412-422-0400 or visit

AgeWell at the JCC
AgeWell at the JCC – Annual Report

View AgeWell Annual Report 2020

A Message from Amy Gold

age 60+

AgeWell at the JCC is now accepting Senior Center registrations which will allow participation in the Meals to Go and Meals Delivered programs. Call Darlene Cridlin, LCSW @ 412-697-3517 and leave your name and phone number to begin the required registration.  Calls will be returned within one business day to answer any questions and complete your enrollment.
*Please note that all other senior center services are suspended at this time. 

Lunch Meals to Go!

During the suspension of regular services at the JCC of Greater Pittsburgh, AgeWell at the JCC is pleased to offer Lunch Meals to Go for participants who are already registered in our Senior Center program.*

The meals are freshly made and are kosher.

Meal pickups will be drive-through only:

  • 11 am and 1 pm
  • Mondays and Wednesdays
  • At the Darlington entrance of the JCC Kaufmann Building, 5738 Darlington Road, Squirrel Hill

On Mondays, we will be providing one hot and one cold meal – covering two days. On Wednesdays, we will be providing one hot and two cold meals – covering three days.

Those who are picking up are not to get out of their vehicles. Participants may pick up for a registered spouse but not for friends. If a senior is unable to pick up meals, please contact Home Delivered Meals at 412-350-5460 or Senior Line 412-350-5460 or 1-800-344-4319 (Toll-free).

AgeWell Delivers! Beginning Monday, May 11, AgeWell at the JCC delivers Lunch Meals-to-Go on Mondays and Wednesdays to homes in the 15217 area.
Please call 412-339-5405 by Tuesday 8 pm to register for the following Monday  and Wednesday. You only need to call once a week to reserve and you will receive deliveries on both days. The meals are freshly made and kosher. On Mondays, we will provide one hot and one cold meal, covering two days. On Wednesdays, we will provide one hot and two cold meals,covering three days. Meals will be left at your door with a knock; the delivery person will wait for your answer from a distance; and there will be no direct personal contact.

  • Participants may receive only one meal service type per week, either pickup at the JCC or home delivery.
  • Meals to Go are for participants who are already registered in our Senior Center program. To learn about how to register for the Senior Center program, click HERE
  • County-funded Home Delivered Meals (ie: Mollie’s Meals, LifeSpan, Eastern Area Adult Services, etc) cannot be received simultaneously with AgeWell Meals to Go.

Menu May 31-June 4

Menu June 7-11

Menu June 14-18

Menu June 21-25

Menu June 28-July 2

If you have questions, please leave a message on the on the lunch reservation line, 412-567-1715, and we will call you back.  Participants must call into our lunch line at 412-567-1715 by 8 pm the night before the Monday or Wednesday pickup to reserve each week.
Please leave your name (and spouse if picking up for them), and if you will be picking up Monday and/or Wednesday.

*We regret that we are unable to accommodate walk-ins.

Looking for more activities? 

Active Living With Chronic Conditions

Begins the week of APRIL 19

We can help keep you and our community strong by building connections that go beyond our walls. We are excited to use our digital platforms to bring you many JCC programs VIRTUALLY!

Marsha Mullen, JCC senior fitness specialist, has put together a list of video classes that you can do at home, and there’s much more. Visit our #JCCPGHVirtual webpage to check it out!

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Virtual Senior Academy
Virtual Senior Academy – Online Classes for Everyone!

Developed by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation in 2017, VSA is a
free web-based platform that connects seniors 50 years and older
in Pittsburgh to their peers through interactive online classes.
Technology provides a unique opportunity for engagement,
expanding the reach of existing educational programs for seniors.
CONNECT online to take interactive group classes using videoconference technology. The Virtual Senior Academy offers a wide variety of Pittsburgh-based classes every week.
PARTICIPATE in live classes on a variety of topics including health and wellness, history, book clubs, arts and music and so much more!
EASY to use platform. No prior computer experience needed. All you need is access to a computer with internet and a webcam.

View the VSA Course Catalog HERE

Featured Classes

VSA Presents: Memory Training Program


Tuesdays, 12:15-12:45 pm
Learn more: Click HERE


Thursdays, 12:15-12:45 pm
Learn more: Click HERE

If you are interested in joining:
Sign up on the Virtual Senior Academy website
For more details, email Maddie Barnes at [email protected] or call 412-697-1186.

AgeWell at the JCC * Virtual Senior Academy 

To learn about all the classes being offered through the Virtual Senior Academy click HERE

If you are interested in joining: Email Maddie Barnes at [email protected]
Sign up on the Virtual Senior Academy website Virtual Senior Academy

Presentation: Healthy Aging and Participating in Research
Allegheny County Senior Centers

Sharon Feinman

Sharon was promoted to the Division Director of AgeWell at the JCC at the end of August and oversees all older adult programming, program expansions, as well as continuing her role as an AgeWell Pittsburgh coordinator.  Previously, Sharon was the Assistant Department Director and supervised community-wide expansion of evidenced-based and evidence-informed programs.  She has also held the position of Health and Wellness Program Coordinator for older adults.   Sharon holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Central Florida in Speech-Language Pathology and is licensed to practice in both Florida and Pennsylvania. She is certified in SilverSneakers Exercise, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease, Enhanced Fitness, Healthy Steps for Older Adults, UCLA Longevity Center’s Memory Training, and Partners in Care Foundation HomeMeds Medication Assurance Program, plus several other programs. Sharon can be reached at [email protected], 412-6973533.



Darlene Cridlin
Darlene was promoted to the Department Director of AgeWell at the JCC at the end of August and oversees all of the senior center programming and the continued national accreditation process through the National Institute of Senior Centers.  She also manages the quality tiers and reporting information to Allegheny County Department of Human Services Area Agency on Aging.  Darlene is also an active member of the JCC’s Quality Improvement Committee.  Darlene is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with experience supervising Behavioral Health Outpatient programs. Within the AgeWell at the JCC office, Darlene has overseen the accreditation of the program serving older adults. Prior to joining AgeWell at the JCC, Darlene supervised a team providing in-home supports and services. Darlene can be reached at [email protected], 412-697-3517.


Amy Gold
Amy is a Program Coordinator and an Information and Referral Specialist. She has her Master of Social Work (MSW) and has worked at the JCC since 1998, originally in Family Place where she provided socialization, support and parenting skills to new parents and their children. Since joining the AgeWell department in 2007, Amy has been responsible for developing and implementing the CheckMates peer telephone reassurance program, recruiting and training older adult volunteers, implementing and coordinating outreach efforts and making necessary referrals for older adults within and outside of the AgeWell Pittsburgh network. Amy can be reached at [email protected], 412-697-3528.

Marsha Mullen

Marsha is the Program Coordinator for Healthy Aging.  Prior to joining the AgeWell office, she served as the Assistant Fitness Director at the JCC for 10 years.  In her current role, Marsha is responsible for coordinating new and ongoing health and wellness programs for older adults through Agewell, while also continuing her work with the phase III Cardiac Rehab program, personal training and teaching group exercise classes within the Fitness & Wellness Department. Marsha can be reached at [email protected], 412 -339-5405.

Madeline Barnes

Madeline joined the AgeWell at the JCC staff as a Program Coordinator in September 2018. Prior to joining the AgeWell team, she completed an AmeriCorps service year program under the National Health Corps at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.  Madeline holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Health from the University of Maryland. In her new role at the JCC, she will oversee the expansion of various programs for older adults, including the HomeMeds Medication Assurance program. Madeline can be reached at [email protected], 412-697-1186.

Michelle Hunter
Michelle joined the AgeWell at the JCC as Program Coordinator in July 2018.  She is a licensed social worker with an MSW from the University of Pittsburgh.  Prior to accepting this position, Michelle worked extensively with seniors and adults in community health and mental health settings connecting them to community resources that promoted independent living, socialization, and skill building.  At AgeWell, Michelle is using her organizational skills to assist in making general procedures more streamlined and efficient. Michelle can be reached at [email protected] , 412-697-3515.

  • The JCC and Familylinks are pleased to announce that their respective Senior Centers, AgeWell at the JCC and Vintage Inc., have achieved National Senior Center Accreditation, making these two centers the first in western Pennsylvania to have achieved such a milestone. Read more about our Senior Center Accreditation



AgeWell at the JCC receives senior center accreditation plaque at the National Institute for Senior Center’s conference in Philadelphia.

The following programs are supported by Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging (ACAAA) and are open to anyone who is 60 years of age or older and a resident of Allegheny County. A one-time registration must be completed in Room 201. Bring a photo ID with your date of birth.

Information and Assistance
Got questions? We have answers! Come to the Adult Office, Room 201, if you need assistance. Walk-ins welcome; appointments preferred.
Monday through Friday 9-11 am and 1-3 pm

Voter Registration
Register to vote, change your party or change your address with the Department of Elections in Room 201.

Wednesday Afternoon at the Cinema
Watch recently released or classic movies on our 52-inch plasma screen television.
Wednesdays, 1:15 pm
Room 202. No fee

PALS Book Club
Join in monthly discussions. Books are supplied at the beginning of the month.
Last Thursday of the month,1:15 pm
No fee
PALS Book Clubs are supported by Highmark® and the Allegheny County Library Association.

Got Shabbat Spirit?
Welcome the Sabbath with your friends and the children of the Early Childhood Development Center.
Fridays, 9:30 am.
Ostrow Palm Court

Tablet Café
Open Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30-11am. On Thursday, “Ask Kathy”–Bring a question to Kathy for Technical advice.

Darlene Cridlin is contact  [email protected] 412-697-3517

CCAC Life Enrichment Programs for Older Adults: Lectures on Pittsburgh trolleys and local inventors as well as an informal support group, a digital photography class and a round table discussion group. Stop by the AgeWell office for program schedule.

Art exploration Mini Series: Wednesdays 9:30 am -1 pm. Contact the AgeWell department for upcoming classes.

Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Ron Symons: First Monday of each month 12:15 pm- 12:45 pm in Levinson B.

English as Second Language (ESL) classes: Beginner classes are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 9:00 am- 12:00 pm with Ann Wynblatt in the Robinson building, room 161. Intermediate level classes are Tuesdays 2:00 pm-3:30 pm with Asghar Aghbar in the Kaufmann building, room 307.

Call Darlene Cridlin 412-697-3517.

Yiddish Readings
Join group leader Ron Rager to improve your Yiddish reading skills. No fee.

Israeli Folk Dancing
Cherie Maharam and Lynn Berman lead a class for beginners and then a dance-by-request session in the Kaufmann Dance Studio. Thursdays, ongoing, 7:30 pm
$3 suggested donation

Jewish History Class
Led by Professor Alex Orbach. Ongoing class, Fridays, 9:30-10:20 am. No fee

Current Events Class
Hear guest rabbis and speakers discuss politics and current events. Fridays, 10:30-11:30 am. No fee

JCC Choral Group
Open to JCC members who like to sing. We are looking for new
participants. Join us! Thursdays, 10 am. No fee

Elder Express
Call 412-422-0400.
Elder Express provides regularly
scheduled van service to people
age 65 and older. If you live in the 15217 zip code and are registered with Access, you are automatically registered for
Elder Express. Round trip for $3. Get a schedule in Room 201.

Register in Room 201 for:

  • Elder Express

Bring photo ID with your date of birth.

Elder Express Schedule

Are you on top of your medications? Are your medications working for you? Do you understand your medications? If you answer “no” to any of these questions, we have a program for you!

HomeMeds Medication Assurance, Partners in Care Foundation, is a consultation that addresses medication safety by identifying potential adverse medication effects due to duplication of medications. Medication errors can be serious, costly, common and preventable.

  • If you have multiple doctors prescribing medications
  • If you use more than one pharmacy to fill your prescriptions
  • If you take over-the-counter vitamins, minerals, herbal supplements,homeopathic remedies, creams, gels or lotions
  • If you take any over-the-counter remedies with medicationsprescribed by a physician

What: Medication errors are serious, costly, common and preventable. Bring in your prescription and over-the-counter medications and home remedies to the JCC.

When: By appointment only

Where: JCC of Greater Pittsburgh

Please contact Madeline Barnes 412-697-1186 [email protected] for more information, or to sign up for an interest list.


If you are an adult with an ongoing health condition, such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, anxiety or any other chronic condition, we can help you take charge of your life. View PDF

Sponsored by: United Way of Allegheny County, Highmark, and the Allegheny County Medical Society
Click here to register

Please contact Amy Gold, 412-697-3528.

Contact Us

Squirrel Hill

Darlene Cridlin: 412-697-3517

South Hills

Elaine Cappucci: 412-446-4773

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