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.
Working with the “Reconnecting McDowell” project” (www.ReconnectingMcDowell.org) – Pictured are: Commissioner Roswall and Nel Kimble from the Bureau of Senior Services; Bob Brown, AFT and Gayle Manchin, Vice President of the State Board of Education; Enid Borden and Peggy Ingraham with the Foundation to End Senior Hunger. The meeting was to integrate a Senior Focus to the project: “Seniors and Grandparents Raising Children—Reconnecting Generations.”
The Silver Alert program allows law enforcement to issue alerts for persons with Alzhemer's and other cognitive disorders/impairments who are missing and at risk. More information on this program will be added in the near future.
Governor Tomblin presenting Commissioner Roswall with the Older Americans Month proclamation at the 2012 Robert W. Jackson Senior Conference
Governor Tomblin Signs H.B. 4062
On March 22, 2012, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed into law H.B. 4062 creating an in-home direct care workforce registry. The bill signing was held at the Nicholas Community Action Partnership in Summersville. The Bureau of Senior Services will develop the rules and regulations for an in-home registry that will provide information on the training and criminal background checks for in-home workers who work with the elderly. That information will then be submitted to the West Virginia Legislature for approval. (Pictured with Governor Tomblin are, from left to right: Jack Tanner, Elaine Bennett, Jennifer Gibson, Nicholas County Commissioner Burl O'Dell, Bureau of Senior Services Commissioner Robert Roswall, and Delegate Larry Williams.)