Older Americans Month
The West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services will host weekly informational outreach events beginning May 1, 2015, and every Friday throughout the month of May in recognition of Older Americans Month. Each May, the Administration for Community Living celebrates Older Americans Month. The theme this year is “Get Into the Act”. The Bureau is supporting that theme by hosting information outreach events at its location in the Charleston Town Center Mall on the 3rd floor from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each Friday during May. The initiative will focus on raising the awareness of seniors, their families and caregivers on the array of senior support programs offered and how best to access and utilize the information provided.
The first event was held Friday, May 1, and focused on the Lighthouse (In Home Care) and FAIR (Family Alzheimer’s In-Home Respite) programs.
Friday, May 8 – SHIP/Health Insurance Marketplace
Friday, May 15 – Aging & Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Friday, May 22 – Medicaid
Friday, May 29 – Older Americans Act/Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
For the press release that includes additional information, please visit this link.
Also see the article in the May 1st Charleston Gazette.
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.
The May 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. Hosted by Commissioner Robert Roswall, this month's topic is Local Aging Provider Network. "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.)