Governor Tom Corbett has asked Brian Duke to Become Pennsylvania’s next Secretary of Aging.
Duke is a familiar name in Bucks County, where he is the director of a county office on aging. Duke is responsible for carrying out 20 programs aimed at helping older adults live independently, at a cost of about $12 million a year.
What surely must have made Duke an attractive candidate is his ability to advocate with local, state and federal legislatures to shape policy and legislation.
“Brian Duke has devoted more than a decade of his career to improving the lives of our seniors,” Corbett said. “His knowledge, experience and compassion will be a tremendous benefit to Pennsylvania.”
The Department of Aging oversees many services and benefits to older Pennsylvanians and advocates for their interests at all levels of government.
Pennsylvania has the third-highest percentage of elderly residents in the nation. There are approximately 2.5 million Pennsylvanians over the age of 60, with more than 302,000 over the age of 85. One in five older Pennsylvanians lives in or near poverty and more than 200,000 are identified as members of a minority group.
Duke is 53 and hails from Washington Crossing in Bucks County.
(To learn more about the department Duke will take over, just click on Rock The Capital.)
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