*UPDATE — Governor Tomblin's Request for Registration Deadline Extension Granted by FEMA
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted his request for a two-week extension for residents affected by the June flooding to apply for individual assistance. The last day to apply for this direct federal aid is now Wednesday, September 7. More information is available in the Governor's press release.
Kanawha County Elkview Showcase – A Life of Dedication
On almost any week day, the community of Elkview is busy doing community things. Everything from tending a garden to getting ready to purchase groceries, or maybe enjoying some time by the Elk River on a pleasant summer day. All that changed, however, for the residents of this close-knit community when storms rolled in and the water rose to a threatening level no one could have imagined. Read more.
FEMA Press Release: WV Survivors Coping with Emotional Stress of Storms and Flooding
FEMA has issued a press release regarding coping with emotional stress from the June flooding event. Read more.
Welcome to the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services’ Website
The information we offer is tailored to those who are seeking to locate programs and services for themselves or their loved ones and also for professionals who may be looking for up-to-date information relating to the field of aging.
We hope that you find our website easy to navigate and useful. If you have any trouble locating what you are looking for, please let us know — one of our experienced staff is just a phone call or e-mail away.
We are very proud of the senior programs and services that are offered throughout the state of West Virginia — from transportation to meals to exercise classes to in-home services. Our site areas (Getting Answers, Staying Healthy, Help At Home, Staying Safe, Special Events and Document Center) are designed to help you find these programs and services quickly and easily.
As our nation's aging population grows, about 27,000 West Virginia Baby Boomers will turn 60 every year. The Bureau of Senior Services will continue to focus on the changing needs of older West Virginians and to lead the way with programs that promote health, dignity and independence.
Tips for Staying Safe in Extreme Heat
Here are some tips on staying safe and coping with extreme heat – from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the American Red Cross.
The June episode of "The Road Ahead" is available on the Library Commission's website
The Bureau of Senior Services is pleased to announce the debut of "The Road Ahead," a monthly television series aimed at keeping seniors around the state informed on a variety of topics of interest. From supporting active lifestyles to locating important resources, the program will provide you with the information you need to enjoy the road ahead. This month's topic is "Elder Abuse Awareness." As part of Elder Abuse Awareness Month, a symposium was held at the Culture Center in Charleston. Speakers included Karen Bowling, Secretary, Department of Health and Human Resources; Michelle Dean, Director of Adult Protective Services, DHHR; Sgt. Matt Null, Huntington Police Department; and Suzanne Messenger, State Long Term Care Ombudsman, Bureau of Senior Services. A video of the presentation is featured in this episode. "The Road Ahead" is produced by the West Virginia Library Commission.
Silver Alert utilizes broadcast media to notify the general public and law enforcement when an adult with cognitive impairment (memory, thinking and reasoning problems) is missing. Find more information by following this link.
Golden Mountaineer Card
West Virginia citizens who are least 60 years of age are eligible for the Golden Mountaineer Card at no cost. Please visit the Golden Mountaineer Card website to apply for your card.
Businesses interested in enrolling in the program can sign up through the Golden Mountaineer Card website. There you will find Frequently Asked Questions for Businesses and the Business Enrollment Form that can be completed online.
The In-Home Care Worker Registry is provided to assist individuals with locating qualified in-home care workers. The Registry also provides a website for individuals and service provider agencies to list their services, qualifications and availability to provide in-home care. This is part of an ongoing effort to assure that individuals providing in-home care services have been properly trained and are suitable to provide services to West Virginians in their homes.
Business at the Speed of Life
Business at the Speed of Life promotes economic development in the State of West Virginia. You can also read success stories of people who have built their businesses in the State of West Virginia. (Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.)