Diabetes Classes Available at Boone Memorial Hospital

In addition to the Boone Memorial Hospital Weight Loss and Diabetes Prevention Program led by Nurse Practitioner Kathy Hill,

Quality Insights and EDC (Everyone with Diabetes Counts) will offer a 

FREE 5-week program for diabetics at BMH starting Feb. 20th.

Spaces still available. See details below and click

HERE for more information

Help WVPEL with Your Particpation in CURA Survey

Your input is needed for the Downtown Charleston Elders/Artists Housing Poll

The Charleston Urban Renewal Authority has joined with an ad hoc group to explore the possibility of creating new housing for seniors and artists in the downtown area of Charleston. We have developed a survey to gauge the interest in such a project as well as get a sense of how area residents envision future housing for themselves.  We are using a “snowball” method of distributing the survey which means we need your help in getting it out.

We ask that you take this online survey by going to this web address: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HCP3RPY (be sure to click the last green box to get your answers recorded!)

Then put this notice, or one you write yourself, with the above web address on your social media and/or message that you send to friends, family and colleagues on your e-mail lists.  The more it ‘snowballs’, the bigger our sample and the more reliable our findings.  The survey takes about 10 minutes.  Hope you have fun filling it out and thank you for participating.

Senior Legislation Watch

Notes from WVPEL Director, Phil Schenk

In his State of the State address, Governor Jim Justice used the word “senior” once. That was a reference to the grade level of one of the basketball players on the team that he coaches. Given that West Virginia is, by percentage, one of the top 3 states in the Union for over-65 populations, this omission is noteworthy. The legislature, however, is looking at a number of bills directly related to elders.

The bills noted below are some of those introduced so far that relate to elder living. It is not presented as a complete list, but is a representation. Note that most of these bills relate to lowering the tax burden on seniors either by altering the existing homestead exemption reduction on property taxes or by reducing income taxes – especially on Social Security income. Numbers 2 and 9 provide other benefits to elders.

  1. SB 97 a fixed-income credit for low income senior citizens; establishing procedures for claiming credit; and defining terms. The bill calls for a 1% credit for those with incomes up to 125% of the federal poverty level (FPL) and then reducing that credit by 4% of the amount for each percentage point of income over 125% (SB125 also includes this provision or a similar one)
  2. HB2044 relating to the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program; creating the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Fund; and requesting additional funds to be added to the fund. This would raise the amount of vouchers for seniors at farmers’ markets from $20 to $50.
  3. SB139 -relating to changing the qualifier for low income from 150% or less to 300% or less of the FPL for a senior citizens’ homestead tax credit. This would help seniors with incomes from about $18,000 (single person or about $24,360 for a family of 2) up to about $36,000 (single person or about $48,700 for a family of 2) on their property taxes.
  4. HJR 15 – constitutional amendment to lock in the values of a home at the assessed value of the home when homeowner turned 65.
  5. HB2358 taking Social Security benefits out of the calculation of adjusted gross income (AGI) for state income taxes (not federal) on a sliding scale. For example: those with incomes of $0-$50,000 would not include any Social Security income in their AGI. Those with incomes of between $50,000 and $70,000 would take 80% of their Social Security income off the AGI. The bill has further cuts depending on income in its sliding scale.
  6. HB2217 relating to increasing the maximum personal income tax exemption for persons over the age of sixty-five and for persons who are totally disabled.
  7. HB2323 exempting SS benefits from state income tax altogether.
  8. HB2848 – relating to providing a tax credit for the costs of modifying homes to make them more accessible for an elderly person or a person with a disability.
  9. SB87 – relating to allowing a person to purchase a Class XS resident senior hunting, fishing and trapping license at the beginning of the year he or she becomes 65, if otherwise eligible.

We strongly urge readers to stay in touch with the AARP West Virginia news regarding legislative actions at the Capitol that relate to seniors in our state.

Job Openings in West Virginia


Field Leader

Closing Date: February 2, 2018
Duty Station: West Virginia Counties: Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Marion, Mineral, Pendleton, Preston, Taylor, Tucker


Field Supervisor

Closing Date: February 2, 2018
Duty Station: West Virginia Counties: Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Marion, Mineral, Pendleton, Preston, Taylor, Tucker


Field Representative GG or GS-0303-03/04 (Regional Office)

Closing Date: December 31, 2018
Duty Station: Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia


The Field Leader and Field Supervisor positions close soon – February 2, while the Field Representative is open until December 31, 2018.


Join us on National Wear Red Day!

Dress in red and join us to learn about heart disease & help raise awareness of this preventable condition

National Wear Red Day

Friday, February 2, 2018

Speakers begin at 9:30 a.m.

Free health screenings from 10:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.

Thomas Memorial Hospital — Medical Office Pavilion Lobby

4605 MacCorkle Ave., SW,

South Charleston, WV 25309

Speakers: v/ Rahul Gupta, MD, MPH, FACP, Commissioner, West Virginia

Bureau for Public Health, State Health Officer v/ Lisa Hamrick, American Heart Association, WV Board Chair & Heart Survivor

FREE Health Screenings for Blood Pressure and Cholesterol — Know Your Numbers

FREE materials and resources for keeping your heart healthy

Rural Health Network Development Planning Program

Up to 20 rural public and nonprofit entities forming a consortium of three or more organizations will be awarded total funding of $2 million to assist in the planning and development of an integrated health care network at the local level.  By emphasizing the role of networks, the program creates a platform for medical care providers, social service providers, and community organizations to coalesce key elements of a rural health care delivery system for the purpose of improving local capacity and coordination of care.  Previous Network Planning grantees have focused on behavioral health, care coordination, infrastructure, health information technology, and health education.  If you have any questions about the program, please contact Sara Afayee: SAfayee@hrsa.gov.

Apply Before February 23, 2018