There are many programs in the Prince William area that offer services for the elderly. The Prince William Area Agency on Aging (PWAAA) offers assistance and a variety of unique programs and services for older residents.
The PWAAA office is at 7987 Ashton Ave. in Manassas and can be reached at (703) 792-6400.
There are two senior centers in the county for those over the age of 55. The Woodbridge Senior Center is at 13850 Church Hill Drive, Woodbridge, (703) 494-5136. The Manassas Senior Center is at 9320 Mosby St., (703) 792-6405.
Services offered through the centers or the PWAAA include a quarterly newsletter, “Senior Connections,” published by each senior center containing information on activities at the center.
The PWAAA offers many other services for senior citizens in the area including the Virginia Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Project (VICAP), on organization that provides counseling and help in understanding Medicare, Medicaid and medical bills. It also assists in making decisions about Medicare supplemental and long-term care insurance.
The agency also offers Employment Opportunities for Seniors, a program designed to help seniors who wish to return to the work force.
For more information about these programs, or to find out about volunteering for the PWAAA and the two senior centers, call (703) 792-6400.
MEALS ON WHEELS
Meals on Wheels provides lunch to elderly residents who are confined to their homes. Volunteers deliver the meals. For more information, or to apply for the program, call (703)792-6374.
ADULT DAY CARE
Two adult day-care programs are offered through the Agency on Aging. The east-end location is in the Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive, Woodbridge, and operates Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. They can be reached at (703) 792-4990.
A west-end day-care program operates Monday through Friday at 7757 Ashton Ave., Manassas, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. They can be reached at (703) 792-4034.
The program serves people who are especially frail, disabled or who cannot care for themselves due to conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. It is designed as an alternative to nursing home care, providing families enough assistance so that their older family members can remain in the community. A home assessment by an agency staff member determines eligibility. Those interested in becoming volunteer workers for the agency and the two senior centers may call (703) 792-6400.