— Join two live webinars to find out how to identify and react to changes in your loved one’s behavior AARP Family Caregiving Online Learning Series Recognizing the Signs Your Loved One Needs More Care Tuesday, January 23, 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET Local Resources for Caregivers Tuesday, January 30, 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET What if your loved one loses interest in a favorite hobby? Or misses an in important date? Or forgets to pay the bills? What …

— Family visits during the holidays are a prime time to make sure aging relatives are managing all right on their own. For an estimated 282,000 family caregivers in West Virginia, this can be challenging, as they consider how to help loved ones continue to live at home. AARP West Virginia is hosting a caregiving tele-town hall on Thursday, Dec. 14, 3-4 p.m. The telephone session aims to help caregivers broach sensitive subjects, such as driving, personal care, housework and finances. …

— November is National Family Caregivers Month, and AARP West Virginia is working to ease the burden on caregivers in Charleston and other communities across the state. A recent survey of Charleston caregivers found 4 in 10 have been providing care for at least five years, and more than half also work full- or part-time. Almost all handle tasks such as providing transportation and preparing meals, and nearly two-thirds perform medical or nursing tasks. About 40 percent are caring for someone …

— 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 …

— AARP staff and volunteers from West Virginia and across the nation converged in Washington on June 8th to advocate on behalf of AARP members and all older Americans on the crucial issues of Family Caregiving and Social Security. AARP West Virginia State President Rich Stonestreet and State Director Gaylene Miller visited the Capitol Hill offices of Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Members of the U.S. House of Representatives David McKinley (R-WV), Alex Mooney (R-WV), and Evan Jenkins …

— Diabetes can lead to heart disease, eye and foot problems and kidney damage—conditions that can worsen over time. AARP is working with the West Virginia Medical Institute (WVMI) and Quality Insights, a Medicare quality improvement organization, to promote free classes for Medicare patients with diabetes. The weekly two-hour classes focus on the importance of diet and exercise, getting regular exams and managing medications. The sessions are also open to patients’ family members. More than 239,000 West Virginians have diabetes, and …

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— CHARLESTON (March 2, 2016) – AARP West Virginia and the West Virginia Nurses Association today addressed concerns raised by West Virginia’s law enforcement community over House Bill 4334, legislation currently pending in the West Virginia Senate that would allow skilled, trained advanced practice registered nursing professionals to practice to the full extent of their education, training and ability. “With respect to the West Virginia Sheriffs’ Association’s concerns specifically centered on prescribing authority of Schedule II drugs, House Bill 4334 limits the …

— Charleston, WV – In our third video update from the 2016 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature, four West Virginia lawmakers – West Virginia Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael (R-Jackson, 4th District), Senate Health Chair Senator Ryan Ferns (R-Ohio, 1st District), House of Delegates Majority Leader Daryl Cowles (R-Morgan, 58th District) and House Health Chair Delegate Joe Ellington (R-Mercer, 27th District) – were recently among 76 state legislators honored nationally as AARP Capitol Caregivers, and West Virginia House of …

— 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. …

— 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