Be Smart About Your Money

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Events | Money & Work | West Virginia AARP West Virginia and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago are cosponsoring “Money Smart Week,” April 5-12, to help state residents stay up to speed on personal finance. “Financial literacy isn’t just about making good investments,” said Gaylene Miller, AARP state director. “It means protecting oneself from fraud, getting raises at work and securing good deals on homes and cars—all while preparing for or living in retirement.” West Virginia ranks second among the states in the percentage of residents 65 …

Social Security Is a Financial Lifeline

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work | West Virginia Social Security keeps about 42 percent of West Virginians age 65 and older out of poverty, according to a new study from the AARP Public Policy Institute. About 57 percent of West Virginians age 65 and older rely on Social Security for at least half of their family income—and nearly 29 percent rely on Social Security for 90 percent of their family income. “With the costs of utilities, prescription drugs and groceries on the rise, many West Virginians are struggling …

AARP WV Outlines 2014 State Legislative Agenda

Posted on 01/28/2014 by | AARP West Virginia | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Press | West Virginia Caregiving, consumer protections, retirement security among session goals for 50+ West Virginians AARP West Virginia’s legislative agenda for the 2014 West Virginia Legislature is focused on legislative action in the areas of caregiving, retirement security, elder abuse and consumer protections. Prior to the 2014 West Virginia Legislative session, AARP West Virginia commissioned a statewide survey, which gathered opinions from West Virginians 45+ on key issues impacting older residents and their families. AARP West Virginia staff and volunteers are maintaining a …

Helping Job Seekers 50+ Get Back to Work

Posted on 01/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Events | Money & Work | West Virginia Fifty-plus and looking for work? AARP West Virginia is hosting a series of seminars sponsored by the AARP Foundation Back to Work 50+ program. January is prime time for hiring, and the seminars will help candidates write eye-catching résumés, interview effectively and find local job-skills training. West Virginia’s unemployment rate has dropped since reaching a high of 10 percent in February 2010. But a May 2012 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office shows workers 55 and older are more …

Free Organizer Available for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

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

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Local Resources | West Virginia 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 …

Wheeling Park’s Liam Casey Named AARP WV/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week

Posted on 11/22/2013 by | AARP West Virginia | Comments

About AARP | Press | West Virginia Patriots’ multi-talented student athlete receives statewide honor   Liam Casey of Wheeling Park High School has been selected as the AARP West Virginia/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of November 24. A senior, Liam is a 4.4 g.p.a. honors student and a National Honor Society member. He serves as a Freshman Mentor, is a member of the competitive Speech Team, and is involved in a variety of theatre and musical productions at Wheeling Park. An accomplished musician, …