Video: AARP WV 2016 WV Legislature Update – Feb. 6

Posted on 02/6/2016 by | AARP West Virginia | Comments

Charleston, WV –  In our second video update from the 2016 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature, Broadband Day at the Legislature highlights the need for improved high speed internet access across the Mountain State. We hear from Senate President Bill Cole (R-Mercer, 6th District), Senator Chris Walters (R-Putnam, 8th District),  Del. Roger Hanshaw (R-Clay, 33rd District) and AARP West Virginia State Director Gaylene Miller on the broad support for improvements to address the Mountain State’s broadband access issues. Senate Health Chair Sen. …

Video: AARP WV 2016 WV Legislature Update – Jan. 26

Posted on 01/28/2016 by | AARP West Virginia | Comments

Charleston, WV –  In our first video update from the 2016 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature, AARP West Virginia State Director Gaylene Miller highlights AARP’s state advocacy agenda and Del. Roger Hanshaw (R-Clay, 33rd District) discusses the West Virginia Legislature’s efforts to improve high-speed, broadband access throughout the Mountain State.   For the latest updates from the 2016 West Virginia Legislature, connect with AARP West Virginia on Facebook, Twitter, or here at www.aarp.org/wv

Caregiving, Broadband Access, Financial Security Highlight AARP WV Legislative Agenda

Posted on 01/27/2016 by | AARP West Virginia | Comments

AARP West Virginia staff and volunteers are maintaining a very active presence at the State Capitol throughout the 60-day regular session of the West Virginia Legislature, working on behalf of nearly 300,000 members across the Mountain State. AARP West Virginia state leaders detailed the organization’s legislative agenda for the 2016 West Virginia Legislature during a State Capitol news conference on Jan. 21. “As AARP prepared for the 2016 Legislative Session, we actively engaged West Virginians for input on the issues …

The CARE Act: Providing support for nearly 300,000 WV caregivers

Posted on 01/15/2016 by | AARP West Virginia | Comments

West Virginia’s new state requirements for caregiver designation, education, instruction. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act provides needed support to more than 300,000 family caregivers across the Mountain State. The law, enacted during the 2015 West Virginia Legislature, provides support for family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and requires upon hospitalization that health care facilities: Record the name of family caregivers on the medical record of a loved one; Inform the family caregiver when their loved one is …

Volunteers Advocating Legislative Priorities

Posted on 01/1/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

January is back-to-work time for state lawmakers, and that means AARP West Virginia is on the job as well, backing legislation that could improve the lives of Mountain Staters age 50-plus. After a successful push in 2015 for the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, the state office is seeking other ways to help the state’s 282,000 family caregivers. Also, the AARP state office is mobilizing its Capitol Advocacy Team—a group of 30-plus volunteers—to work on issues such as retirement …

Volunteer Drivers Help Others Get Around

Posted on 12/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

The vast majority of West Virginians want to age in place, but that can be a struggle for people who don’t drive. AARP West Virginia wants Morgantown-area residents to know about a new volunteer driver program in Monongalia, Marion and Preston counties. The Mountain Line Transit Authority is recruiting drivers 25 and older to take people to nonemergency medical appointments and the grocery store. Americans 65 and older who lack transportation make 15 percent fewer trips to the doctor, 59 …