— It’s a new year, and the AARP West Virginia Capital Advocacy Team is ready to spring into action when the legislature convenes Jan. 10. AARP staff and volunteers will meet with lawmakers throughout the session to discuss legislation that affects caregiving, financial security, broadband access, and funding for home and community-based services. In addition, AARP is working with health care providers to ensure smooth transitions from hospital to home for patients and their family caregivers under a state law enacted …

— 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. …

— Cougars’ standout scholar athlete earns AARP/MetroNews statewide honor Clay Skovron of East Hardy High School has been selected as the AARP West Virginia/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of November 26. A senior, Skovron is a 3.8 g.p.a. student. He serves as Pep Club President and is active in Future Farmers of America. Clay is the son of Eric and Jennifer Skovron of Lost City. Skovron is a four-year member of Coach Chad Williams Cougars’ football program, …

— Tigers’ two-sport student athlete earns AARP/MetroNews statewide honor George Triplett of Elkins High School has been selected as the AARP West Virginia/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of November 19. A senior, Triplett is a 4.47 g.p.a. AP Honors student. He serves as Elkins High Student Body President, and is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. He has participated in the American Legion Mountaineer Boys State program. George is the son of …

— Colts’ three-sport standout earns AARP/MetroNews statewide honor Maddi Carpenter of Philip Barbour High School has been selected as the AARP West Virginia/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of November 12. A senior, Carpenter is a 4.2 g.p.a. honors student and a Promise Scholarship qualifier. She has served as her Class President for four years. Her activities include Student Council and Biology Club. Maddi is active in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), earning State Champion honors for …

— Huskies’ student athlete earns AARP/MetroNews statewide honor Trey Toland of North Marion High School has been selected as the AARP West Virginia/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of November 5. A senior, Toland is a 4.2 g.p.a. AP honors student. He is Student Body President, a National Honor Society member, a Promise Scholarship qualifier, and his activities include Senior Leadership Club, Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership program, Military Club, Student Newspaper and the school’s Broadcasting program. He has …

— 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 …

— Mountaineers’ cheerleader, student athlete earns AARP/MetroNews statewide honor Marisa Watson of Liberty (Harrison) High School has been selected as the AARP West Virginia/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of October 29. A senior, Watson is a 4.0 g.p.a. AP honors student. She is a member of National Honor Society, a Promise Scholarship qualifier, and her activities include DECA and Pep Club. She participated in the American Legion Auxiliary Rhododendron Girls State program. Marisa is the daughter of …

— Mavericks’ two-sport standout athlete earns AARP/MetroNews statewide honor Grant Mohler of James Monroe High School has been selected as the AARP West Virginia/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of October 22. A senior, Mohler is a 4.0 g.p.a. honors student. He is a member of National Honor Society, serving as the school’s chapter President, and is a Promise Scholarship qualifier. His activities include Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Youth Leadership Association. He is the son of Rod …

— Beavers’ two-sport student athlete earns AARP/MetroNews statewide honor Turner Jones of Bluefield High School has been selected as the AARP West Virginia/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of October 15. A senior, Turner is a 4.1 g.p.a. AP student. He is a member of National Honor Society, Student Council and Senior Leadership Team and has participated in the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Program. His activities include Key Club, Debate Club, Academic Bowl, Science Club and Band. He …