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Area Agency on Aging (AAA)

Center on Maintaining Preferred Aging Services & Solutions

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Center on Maintaining Preferred Aging Services & Solutions (COMPASS)


COMPASS is a non-profit formed to work in conjunction with the Area Agency on Aging, a service of the Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments, to plan and administer a variety of  federal, state and local programs and services. The counties served include, but are not limited to, Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Northampton and Wilson.  

COMPASS is an organization working in conjunction with the Area Agency on Aging to inform, advocate and plan for community services on behalf of disabled and older adults.

The COMPASS organization works with the AAA and advisory committees in each county to study the needs of older adults, family caregivers and the disabled and plan for services to meet those needs. The service goal is to enable disabled and older adults age 60 and better to live independently in their own homes.  Services include:

  • Adult Day Care, Adult Day Health
  • Partnership with The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), a community service and work-based training program for older workers.
  • Congregate & Home-Delivered Meals
  • In Home Respite for Family Caregivers
  • In-Home Aide
  • Transportation
  • Partnership with the Ombudsman Program to advocate for the rights of residents living in nursing homes and adult care homes and advocates against Elder Abuse.
  • Senior Center Operations
  • Legal Services
  • Affordable Housing
  • Information & Options Counseling
  • Advocacy for the needs of caregivers and older adults  with media partners, legislators and the Senior Tar Heel Legislature.
  • Partnership with the AAA to lead regional planning efforts to develop programs and resources to meet the increased needs of the growing number of older adults in our service area.
  • Partnerships to provide education, training events and presentations on aging topics for older adults, caregivers and professionals.
  • Partnership with the Family Caregiver Support Program connects caregivers with community resources for education, support and respite.
  • Partnership with Health Promotions Programs to provide education for healthier life outcomes.
  • Partnership with The Local Contact Agency Program to educate residents in nursing homes about their options to transition out of the facility and return to community living.
COMPASS Brochure

COMPASS Board Members:

Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments 

Andrew DeIonno, Community Development Manager/Board Member
c/o Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments
P.O. Box 9 
Wilson, NC 27894

Mary Marlin, Aging Program Director/Board Member
c/o Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments
P.O. Box 9 
Wilson, NC 27894

Halifax County
Vacant

Nash County
Michele McKnight, Board Vice President
c/o The Nash County Senior Center
103 N Alston Street
Nashville, NC 27856

Northampton County
Rebecca Stapleton, Secretary/Treasurer
c/o J. W. Faison Senior Center
110 Ridgecrest Lane
Jackson, NC 27845

Wilson County
Mary Katherine Rowe, Board Member
c/o Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments
P.O. Box 9 
Wilson, NC 27894

Edgecombe County 
Vacant


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 Mary Marlin, UCP AAA Director
252-234-5956
mmarlin@ucpcog.org