The U.S. Administration for Community Living has determined that the Intrastate Funding Formula set forth in the 2022-2025 WV State Plan, by which OAA funds are allocated to the Area Agencies on Aging. This revision is in order to comply with OAA Section 305(a)(2)(C). This section of the OAA requires a State to develop a formula that takes into account (i) the geographical distribution of older individuals in the State; and (ii) the distribution among planning and service areas of older individuals with greatest economic need and older individuals with greatest social need, with particular attention to minority low-income older individuals.
The WV Bureau of Senior Services developed the (following) revised Intrastate Funding Formula and has submitted it for a 30-day written public comment period starting Tuesday, March 15, 2022, and ending April 13, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. The pages in the Plan containing the revised IFF, can be found starting on page 38 to page 46. Written comments may be mailed to:
Commissioner Robert E. Roswall WV Bureau of Senior Services 1900 Kanawha Blvd., East Charleston, WV 25305 Or emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Due to Covid Exposure, we are closing down the Senior Center building to the public on THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2022. Limited staff will be on hand to handle phone calls, Covid testing, and necessary transportation needs. All other activities are cancelled. The scheduled board meeting will be via zoom only
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Webinar for stakeholders in the aging services field.
You’re invited to join the Office for Older Americans on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 3:00 pm ET for a free webinar. We’ll highlight new resources and initiatives available that can assist you to help older consumers and their families.
This webinar is intended for stakeholders in the aging services field, including legal services attorneys, social workers, service coordinators, faith leaders, librarians, meal service providers, bank or credit union staff, law enforcement officers, and many others. We’ll end the webinar by taking questions from attendees. We hope to gain insights from those working in the aging services field.
Deborah Royster, Assistant Director – CFPB, Office for Older Americans Michael Herndon, Deputy Assistant Director – CFPB, Office for Older Americans Webinar
Helping Older Adults Prepare for 3G Network Shutdowns
3G wireless networks are scheduled to shut down next year, which will prevent older cell phones that utilize these networks from making or receiving calls or using data services. In addition to cell phones, other connected devices such as certain medical devices, alert systems, and security systems that use 3G network services will be impacted.
Although most people have devices on 4G or 5G networks, the shutdown will likely disproportionately impact older adults and low-income individuals, who may be using older phones, life alert systems, and other devices still on 3G. Connectivity is critically important in this time when people are utilizing telehealth services and connecting with the courts and service providers remotely.
Advocates can take steps to help people prepare for the 3G network shutdown:
Share information in your community and with your clients on the upcoming shutdown. Some people may not be aware of the upcoming change, and others may not have taken steps to replace items if they were avoiding contact with technicians and service providers during the pandemic. Each mobile carrier has different dates for the planned shutdown, with AT&T scheduled as early as February 2022. The Federal Communications Commission has a consumer guide with more details.
Help clients identify potential devices that may be impacted. Lifeline, a program used by many older adults, utilizes major service providers like AT&T and T-Mobile, which are included in the shutdown. iPhones older than the iPhone 6 will no longer work for calls and data. Medical alert devices, watches, and home security systems that utilize 3G may also be impacted. Advocates can assist by helping individuals log into their accounts to check whether they use 3G. Consumers can also contact the individual carriers and reach out to product companies to determine if their device will be affected.
Connect people to new options for discounted devices if they need to replace them. For people with limited resources, this change could present challenges if they have to spend money on new products. Some carriers are offering free or discounted replacement phones. Older adults and low-income individuals may qualify for the Emergency Broadband Benefit, which could help them get discounted, updated devices. The local Area Agency on Aging may have a program for device distribution, and many libraries have technology lending programs, which could help keep people connected.
Advocates play an important role in outreach and education, particularly to communities who may be most impacted by this change, including older adults of color, those living in rural areas, and other marginalized groups.
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Photos from the Seniors Bowling at Alley 304 on September 14, 2022. Everyone had a great time! We will do this again. Special thanks to the staff at Alley 304 for all the assistance they gave our seniors. They even helped them get their bowling shoes on! ... See MoreSee Less