— Know a good kid? A high school junior or senior who excels in athletics, academics and community service? AARP West Virginia is calling for nominations for the AARP Scholar Athlete of the Week. The program will recognize 14 students during football season this year on West Virginia MetroNews. Nominees must have at least a 3.0 GPA at a public or private school, excel in an athletic program and be active in community service. To nominate a deserving student, go to …

— About 1 in 10 older Americans have reported experiencing elder abuse, and most experts believe the crime is underreported. According to the National Council on Aging, just 1 in 14 cases of abuse against people age 60-plus is reported to authorities. As part of an effort to stop the trend, AARP West Virginia is working with several organizations to sponsor an abuse prevention event at the University of Charleston on Thursday, June 15. The forum will include presentations on elder …

— As part of the West Virginia Financial Exploitation Task Force, AARP fought successfully in the 2016 legislative session for three new laws that protect older West Virginians from abuse and fraud. One law prohibits people convicted of crimes against the elderly from performing community service involving the elderly. Another stiffens criminal penalties for those convicted of financial exploitation of the elderly. The third aims to ensure that people with power of attorney do not benefit personally from the actions they …

— 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. …

— About 443,000 Mountain Staters serve as family caregivers, and a new state law backed by AARP aims to help them when a loved one comes home from a hospital stay. Under the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which takes effect June 8, any patient in a West Virginia hospital can designate a family caregiver. The hospital will notify the caregiver before the patient is moved or discharged and will show the caregiver how to perform medical tasks needed at …

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— Old appliances waste both energy and money. AARP West Virginia wants consumers to know help is available to make switching to power-saving devices more affordable. Appalachian Power, which serves about 477,000 customers in the Mountain State, offers cash incentives and free appliance recycling for old working refrigerators and freezers. Free energy audits are also available to help customers make their homes more energy-​efficient. Appalachian Power also accepts tax-deductible donations to its Neighbor to Neighbor program to help low-income people pay …

— AARP West Virginia, in partnership with the Partnership of African American Churches (PAAC), is hosting a free community event in Charleston, WV on Saturday, December 6 to help you discover organizations and opportunities in the Kanawha Valley Community and beyond. The benefits summit and fair will be held 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive. Learn more about resources in your community that can help you get more out of life. Get information on nutrition, caregiving, job opportunities and …

— It’s the holiday season, when people open their hearts and wallets to help those in need. But the holidays are a prime time for scammers to pose as charities. AARP West Virginia cautions members not to be taken advantage of when trying to help the disadvantaged. Donors can protect themselves by getting the name and address of any “organization” asking for money and checking it against licensed charities listed at apps.sos.wv.gov/business/charities. The AARP Fraud Watch Network also recommends checking charitynavigator.org. …

— American Electric Power—which operates Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power—has asked the Public Service Commission (PSC) of West Virginia to approve a $226 million rate hike to improve infrastructure and recover from storm damage. The rate hike could raise monthly bills by 17 percent on average for about 477,000 customers in 24 counties. AARP opposes the increase. About 42 percent of West Virginians age 45-plus use only electricity to heat their homes, and 58 percent are very or extremely concerned about …

— AARP West Virginia is encouraging West Virginians served by Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power, American Electric Power’s (AEP) operating electric utility providers in the Mountain State, to attend a series of upcoming public hearings, as the Public Service Commission of West Virginia (WV PSC) considers approval of a proposed 17 percent rate hike that will impact approximately 476,000 customers in 23 West Virginia counties. Earlier this year, AEP filed a request with the WV PSC for a $226 million increase …