The 2014 Robert W. Jackson Senior Conference is scheduled May 20–22 at Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley, West Virginia. Registration forms are due May 2.
Nominations are now being accepted for the Robert W. Jackson Distinguished Service Volunteer Award. Nomination forms are due April 25.
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 22–24, 2013. This educational and fun conference offered a variety of workshops and health and recreational activities that reflected the theme, "Older Americans: Unleash the Power of Age."
The Bureau of Senior Services was pleased to have 268 participants join in a wide variety of conference activities including Golf, Bocce Ball, Understanding Medicare & Social Security Benefits, Crafts, Choir, Facebook for Seniors, Exercise Workshops, Heart Healthy Cooking, Green Thumbs-Healthy Joints (tips for gardening for those with arthritis), Legislative Update Presentation, Dancing, Archery by the Department of Natural Resources, Senior Legal Issues, Bonnie's Bus-Mobile Mammography Program, Senior Olympics, Alternative Medicine, Cake Decorating, and Exploring Ways to Unleash the Power of Aging Discussion Panel.
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.