Free Organizer Available for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Free Organizer Available for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

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

Home & Family 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

Home & Family 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 …

July 4 Holiday Fireworks in the Mountain State

July 4 Holiday Fireworks in the Mountain State

Posted on 07/2/2013 by | AARP West Virginia | Comments

Home & Family 2013 July 4 Holiday Fireworks in WV   Enjoy the 4th of July holiday with family and friends, by taking in one of the many spectacular fireworks shows planned in communities across the Mountain State:    Barbour County July 5:  Philippi – 10 p.m., Barbour County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 7 p.m.   Berkeley County July 4: Martinsburg – 9:30 p.m. War Memorial Park, off Tennessee Ave. Rain date is July 5.   Braxton County July 6: Gassaway – 10 …

Resources for Long-term Care Options

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

Home & Family 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

Home & Family 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 …