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Our Mission
To follow the intent of the Older Americans Act of 1965 as revised, in serving the elderly population of the Region III Area, as designated by the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services. To achieve this, the UPAAA will work through and in conjunction with locally-based county providers by keeping abreast of the community needs of the counties, assisting in development of programs geared to helping the elderly, especially the frail, economically needy and minority elderly, in the Region III area. UPAAA is to act as a catalyst in promoting resources to meet the ever-changing, social health, and economic needs of the elderly within the Region III area.

Our mission is one of service, with emphasis on providing assistance to older West Virginians, with dignity and a caring spirit. The UPAAA believes its goal is to provide technical assistance, training, and counseling to county providers with the intent of enhancing the happiness and standard of living of older West Virginians. In this way, we feel, elderly West Virginians will be able to retain their dignity and independence while remaining in their own households.

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Program Description
The Upper Potomac Area Agency on Aging, Inc. (UPAAA) is an independent nonprofit organization working in conjunction with the Region VIII Planning & Development Council Board of Directors, its sponsoring agency, to provide funding, technical assistance, and monitoring to Senior Center programs in a fifteen county area of the Eastern Panhandle and Potomac Highlands of West Virginia.

The programs include, as a minimum, both Social and Nutrition programs as outlined under the Title III Section of the Older Americans Act.

Programming provided through funding by the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services (WVBoSS):

  • Personal Care - Services are designed to help someone who requires assistance with bathing, taking medication, dressing, personal grooming, feeding and toileting. This service is provided under the direction of a medical professional.

  • Nutrition - Hot, nutritious meals served in a congregate setting or delivered to home-bound seniors. Meal menus are approved by a registered dietician.

  • Transportation - Services are available to people having no other means of accessing local community facilities and resources.

  • Adult Day Dare -Service is designed to provide a comprehensive program to people who suffer from physical and/or mental problems and require ongoing supervision. Day care is provided in a protective nonresidential setting as a supplement to family care.

  • Chore/Homemaker - Services are provided by a worker who assists with household chores such as heavy cleaning (moving furniture, cleaning cabinets, turning mattresses) and yard maintenance.

  • Outreach

  • Information & Assistance

  • Other
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Scott Gossard, Executive Director
Janice Lantz, Fiscal Coordinator

PO Box 869, Petersburg, WV 26847
Phone: 1-877-833-5084, toll-free from anywhere or 1-304-257-1221
Fax: 1-304-257-4958

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