Free Organizer Available for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Free Organizer Available for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Posted on 12/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing In response to the challenges Alzheimer’s disease presents for patients and their caregivers, the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute has published “Connect to Care.” The notebook aims to help caregivers manage medical appointments, medications, insurance billing and other details. AARP West Virginia is helping to distribute free copies. An estimated 44,000 West Virginians had the disease in 2010, a number expected to increase by nearly 14 percent by 2025. The state has one of the oldest populations in the country as …

Free Home Energy Audits Help Reduce Heating Costs

Free Home Energy Audits Help Reduce Heating Costs

Posted on 10/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Is money oozing out of your house? As winter approaches, customers of Appalachian Power can take advantage of free home energy audits that will alert them to wasted energy that costs them money. James Fawcett of Appalachian Power said auditors evaluate the home, make recommendations on energy-saving measures, provide information about rebates for insulation and heat pump tune-ups or replacements, install energy-efficient lightbulbs and faucet aerators, and provide brushes to clean refrigerator coils. To schedule an energy audit, call the …

Safer Roads for All Users

Safer Roads for All Users

Posted on 07/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing A new West Virginia law strongly supported by AARP aims to improve the safety of and access to roadways for all users, including pedestrians, motorists, bicyclists, those taking public transportation, and people with disabilities. The Complete Streets Act requires all transportation projects receiving federal or state funds to “strive to improve safety, access and mobility for users of all ages and abilities.” The law also requires a 16-member Complete Streets Advisory Board to submit yearly reports starting Dec. 1 on …

Resources for Long-term Care Options

Posted on 06/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP West Virginia has teamed with the West Virginia Health Care Association to provide state residents with reliable information on long-term care options in the Mountain State. offers information about medical equipment suppliers, pharmacies, hospitals, private in-home care providers, independent and assisted living communities, nursing homes and hospice facilities. Users can enter their county or town name to locate specific services as well as find information on government agencies and support groups. For a free printed copy of “WV …

Who’s Providing In-Home Care to Your Loved One?

Posted on 05/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing When it is up and running this summer, the state’s In-Home Care Registry will provide a way to research the backgrounds of in-home care workers. Strongly supported by AARP, the registry will eventually provide an online listing of in-home care providers and will include such information as education and training. Each provider on the list has passed a criminal background check. More than 9,000 in-home care providers assist older West Virginians, with the number expected to grow dramatically in coming …

WV Legislative Update: Home & Community Based Services

Posted on 03/5/2013 by | AARP West Virginia | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP West Virginia State Legislative Update M A R C H    5 ,   2 0 1 3 Helping West Virginians  Stay In Their Homes & Communities    Research shows that the vast majority of individuals want to stay in their homes for as long as possible. That’s why AARP believes that no one should be forced out of their home in order to receive long-term services and supports.   In the Mountain State, there are many examples of Home and …