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Senior center to celebrate 40 years

May 31, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

The Upshur County Senior Center, located at 28 N. Kanawha St., Buckhannon, will celebrate its 40th year of service to the seniors of Upshur County on June 15.

Senior center personnel will present a program beginning at 9:30 a.m., which will include music, speakers and other entertainment. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., with a video presentation scheduled at noon.

All ages of folks are welcome and encouraged to visit the senior center and make some new friends.

The center has been a private, nonprofit corporation since 1972. Upshur County's senior citizens had enjoyed the recreational, educational and food services of the Upshur County Senior Citizens Opportunity Center for years - but in cramped quarters. However, that all changed when the center moved into its renovated and roomy new addition.

Any person 60 years or older, and their spouses, no matter the age, is eligible to participate in the various programs offered at the center, which is funded by the West Virginia Commission on Aging, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, the United Way and private donations.

The center offers a wide variety of services and activities, ranging from meals to support services, social services, equipment rental, community care and in-home personal care to recreational activities.

Lunch is served daily at 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, and home-delivered meals are available to eligible participants in the immediate Buckhannon area.

The Upshur County chapter of the AARP holds a monthly meeting at the center. Support services include assistance with public benefit programs, banking, insurance claims and Medicare benefit forms, living wills and medical powers of attorney.

Social services include transportation, health-related services such as blood pressure checks, information and referrals, chore and escort service, shopping, reading and letter writing.

Durable medical equipment is available on a rental or loan basis.

Community and in-home/personal care includes personal care, food preparation and light housekeeping for at-risk or frail seniors to enable them to remain in their own homes as long as possible. Non-Medicaid clients pay a fee based on a sliding scale, according to income and the availability of resources.

Among recreational activities offered are music, ceramics, quilting, dominoes and checkers, cards, choir, craft classes, group outings, fun bingo, holiday events, square dancing as well as photography and computer classes for seniors.

Other services include a volunteer station for senior companions, the Golden Mountaineer Club Discount program, low-income energy and assistance.

The mission of the Upshur County Senior Citizen Opportunity Center is to enhance the quality of life for older persons and to help them remain independent and active.

More information is available at 304-472-6424.



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