— Locals know Charleston as a place with small-town charm and capital-city attractions such as a symphony orchestra and museums. Now, community leaders are taking steps to make Charleston part of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, which, in turn, is part of a World Health Organization effort to help cities prepare for urbanization and rapid aging of the population. The network helps participating communities become great places to live at any age by adopting features such as safe, walkable streets; …

— Community leaders in West Virginia’s largest city have officially taken the first steps toward joining AARP’s Network of Age Friendly Communities. Earlier this month, Charleston (WV) City Council approved a resolution in support of joining the U.S. affiliate of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program, becoming the first West Virginia municipality or county to do so. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities helps participating communities become great places for all ages by adopting such features as safe, walkable streets, better …

— 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

— 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 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 …

— Mountain Line Transit seeks volunteer drivers for alternative transportation program   Recognizing the need for alternative transportation options, Mountain Line Transit Authority has announced the implementation of a new Volunteer Driver Program in Monongalia, Marion and Preston counties. Mountain Line  serves as the provider of public transportation in Morgantown, West Virginia and the surrounding area, and is currently recruiting drivers, 25 years and older, who are interested in becoming community champions providing vital, life-enhancing transportation services. Under the Volunteer Driver Program, drivers use …