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.
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.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announces the launch of the In-Home Care Registry.
This 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.
The Registry 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.)
As part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, a fashion show was held at the Charleston Town Center Mall.
Top row, left to right: WV Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, Delegate Meshea Poore, Gale Poore, Corporal Jeff Vance with the Lewisburg Police Department, and Delaney Wells.
Bottom row, left to right: Noelle Starek, WV Bureau of Senior Services Commissioner Robert Roswall, Lessie Moses, Nona Bennett, WV Army National Guard SSG Scot Milam, Pal Patton, and Senator William Laird, IV.
Not pictured: Ronald Nestor, Steve Brown, and Jason Najmulski.
The Silver Alert program allows law enforcement to issue alerts for persons with Alzheimer'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.)