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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

For SilverSneakers Click HERE


As AgeWell at the JCC continues to provide our senior community with meals throughout this pandemic, please note the following updates and changes to meal distribution that will soon take place. We greatly appreciate your patience as we pivot once again to safely provide services and resources.
Lunch Meals to Go:
• Beginning Thursday, September 9, 2021, meals can be picked up inside the JCC Palm Court Monday through Friday from 12 pm to 1 pm.
The last day for drive through Meals To Go at the JCC Darlington Street entrance was Wednesday, September 1, 2021.
• Registration is required by 4 pm the day prior to meal pick up by phone 412-567-1715 or at the Copilot Screen in the JCC Palm Court.
• The J Cafe is closed for dining in, and all To-Go meals and beverages will have to be consumed outside of the JCC.

Meals to Go Menu

Menu – November 2021

Menu – December 2021

AgeWell Delivers
• AgeWell Delivers ended on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. AgeWell Delivers was meant to be a temporary service during the COVID pandemic, and we are now referring all delivery participants to other Home Delivered Meal programs if they are unable to come to JCC for Meals To Go (see the Meals To Go Summary above).
• Current AgeWell Delivers participants are being contacted directly by an AgeWell Staff member to discuss options.

Programming at the JCC:
• Limited in-person programming through AgeWell at the JCC will begin Thursday, September 9, 2021, from 9 am – 12 pm, including fitness classes and small group programs. Stay tuned for the activity schedule!
• Regardless of vaccination status, everyone who comes into the JCC will have to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth.

Registration, Other Services: Darlene Cridlin, LCSW, [email protected] or call 412-697-3517
Virtual Senior Academy: Maddie Barnes, [email protected] or call 412-697-1186
Fitness Classes: Marsha Mullen, [email protected] or call 412-339-5414
Information & Referral, Volunteering: Amy Gold, [email protected] or call 412-697-3528

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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

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 is the Division Director of AgeWell at the JCC and oversees all older adult programming, program expansions, grant management, and community partnerships. She also continues in 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 and 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 (Go Knights!) and has over fifteen years’ experience working in the aging field. She is certified in The Grantsmanship Center Training Program, SilverSneakers Exercise, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program and Walk with Ease, Enhanced Fitness, Healthy Steps for Older Adults, UCLA Longevity Center’s Memory Training, Partners in Care Foundation HomeMeds Medication Assurance Program, and many more.

Sharon can be reached at [email protected], 412-697-3533.

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 is the current Director of Technology and Evidence-Based Programming. She joined the AgeWell at the JCC staff in September 2018 as a program coordinator. 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, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. In her current role, she oversees the expansion of various programs for older adults, including the Virtual Senior Academy and 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.

Beth Rudel

Beth joined the AgeWell at the JCC team in September 2021 as a Program Coordinator for the Virtual Senior Academy and Evidence-Based Programming.  She works with facilitators to cultivate and create content and relationships for our older adults and programs that are beneficial for them to maintain their independence. Beth holds a Bachelors degree in Communications from Penn State University and brings with her a robust background in technology sales and marketing communications. Outside of the JCC, Beth enjoys photography and volunteering her time coordinating service projects cleaning up the Pittsburgh area rivers.  Beth can be reached at [email protected] or 412-339-5407.

Gabi Szabo

Gabi is a PULSE Fellow who just joined our office as the Program Coordinator of Technology and Evidence-Based Programming in September of 2021. She graduated from the University of Virginia with degrees in Chemistry and Women, Gender, and Sexuality in May of 2021 and was a Peer Health Educator with the Office of Health Promotion and Senior Intern and Intern Engagement Leader at the Women’s Center. In her current role, she will be assisting with various programming in the AgeWell office. Gabi can be reached at [email protected].

  • 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.

Elder Express
Call 412-697-3517.
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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