About Blair Senior Services in Altoona, PA
Your Local Area Agency on Aging
Blair Senior Services, Inc. is part of the nation’s aging network. The Federal Older Americans Act of 1965 established the Federal Administration on Aging and in 1973, amendments to the Act mandated states to establish Area Agencies on Aging based on units known as Planning and Service Areas. Pennsylvania decided to designate counties as these Planning and Service Areas. In 1974, Blair Senior Services, Inc. was founded as the Area Agency on Aging for Blair County.
While the majority of the Area Agencies on Aging across the Commonwealth are operated by county governments, the Blair County Board of Commissioners chose to establish Blair Senior Services, Inc. as a private non-profit corporation. Of the current fifty-two Area Agencies on Aging that serve the Commonwealth’s sixty-seven counties, only nineteen are non-profit corporations.
Serving Older Adults and Eligible Residents of All Ages
In addition to meeting the needs of older adults, Blair Senior Services, Inc. serves eligible residents of all ages through diverse programming and contracts that help provide transportation, housing, assessments, and volunteering. Our professional staff and volunteers are dedicated to the principles and values of dignity, empowerment, advocacy, and respect.
The Agency is governed by a fifteen member Board of Directors. Three Advisory Councils also offer input and guidance to Agency services and programs.