The late Robert W. Jackson was one of West Virginia’s most recognized senior advocates; he worked tirelessly both in state government and in the private sector to ensure improvements in policy, planning, and services to seniors. In his honor, the Bureau sponsors the Robert W. Jackson Senior Conference each year to provide workshops and activities for seniors from around the state.
Last year's conference was held May 20–22, 2014. This educational and fun conference offered a variety of workshops and health and recreational activities that reflected the theme, "Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow."
The Bureau of Senior Services was pleased to have 250 participants join in a wide variety of conference activities and workshops including: Advanced Planning for End-of-Life and Earlier; Triathlon including Bocce Ball, Ladder Golf, and Corn Hole; Insurance Options; Crafts; Banking Fraud and Identity Theft; Facebook and Smart Devices for Seniors; Exercise Workshops, Snacking Your Way to Good Health; Green Thumbs, Healthy Joints (tips for gardening for those with arthritis); Internet Safety and Banking; Tai Chi; Archery by Department of Natural Resources; Mind/Body Skills for Wellness and Relaxation; Introduction to Computers; Senior Olympics; Old Wives Tales and Your Health; Cake Decorating; "Staying Safe in Your Environment" Discussion Panel; and Elder Abuse Skit.
Over the years and to this day, the conference has proven to be a great experience for those involved, but the camaraderie and friendships that are developed and maintained among these highly engaged older adults and other participants from around the state make it truly extraordinary.
For more information on the conference, please contact your local senior center or Robin Strickland at the Bureau of Senior Services at 304-558-3317.