Smith: Senior citizens have many special shopping options

| Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

With age comes wisdom, great memories, retirement, peace ... and senior discounts.

At least in Allegheny County, which has one of the highest concentrations of seniors in the nation, according to the 2012 Allegheny County Senior Resource Guide.

There are many local businesses that offer senior discounts. Proof of age may be required at some places to obtain a discount. Some stores consider a senior at the age of 55.

Many local stores, such as Big Lots, Tuesday Morning and JoAnn Fabrics, have instituted “perks” cards for frequent shoppers. These may involve discounts or special shopping days for cardholders.

Senior residents of local school districts, such as South Fayette, may sign up for their senior “gold cards,” which entitle them to free admission to various school-related events.

Shoppers should always call ahead for details to confirm if the discount is still available or to determine if they are eligible.

For example, show your AARP membership card at Dunham's Sports store and get 10 percent off regular-priced items. Showing an AARP card at Walgreens entitles one to free health tests, information on health conditions and medications and savings on prescriptions and everyday items.

Participating Denny's Restaurants offer 20 percent off the entire check from 4 to 10 p.m. when showing an AARP membership card.

A wealth of senior information, programs and resources are available at the Bridgeville LifeSpan Center by calling 412-221-1566, the Chartiers LifeSpan Center in Carnegie at 412-276-5056 or at the Jewish Community Center of the South Hills in Scott Township at 412-278-1975.

Charlotte Smith is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media and can be reached at 724-693-9441 or

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