Elderly

Alzheimer's Disease, dementia, elderly, couple, worried
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Last year we ran a story about the shortage of geriatricians in West Virginia. In it, we featured Todd Goldberg, the only full-time geriatrician in Charleston and head of the West Virginia University geriatrics fellowship program.

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Most Americans say they want to die at home when the time comes. But a new study suggests that the more obese someone is, the less likely they are to achieve that goal.

The study was published this month in the Annals of Internal Medicine and looked at the records of more than 5,600 senior citizens taking part in a long-term health study. The researchers looked at how body mass index – a measure of obesity – impacted use of and access to end-of-life services like hospice. hospice provides support to people in their final months of life – usually in their own home.

Critical Issues Face West Virginia's Elderly

Nov 20, 2014

It's well known that West Virginia's population is aging. That is placing a strain on services to the elderly.  Today, the West Virginia Partnership for Elder Living which looks at policy development around aging issues,  is holding a summit at the University of Charleston.  This forum will look at new ways to serve this growing demographic.  Phil Schenk is the Director of the Elder Living Partnership.  He sat down with us to talk about this critical issue.

Farmington Mine Disaster 46 Years Ago Today

Nov 20, 2014
West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, a widow of the Farmington Mine disaster, which happened 46 years ago today, remembers the last day she spent with her husband in an archived interview from 1992.  And Beth Vorhees talks with the director of the Partnership for Elder Living about aging issues facing the state. 

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Lawmakers continue to address the issue of student achievement with new or updated programs, a Marshall University professor investigates how power outages affect the elderly, our friends at Traveling 219 bring us a report on Tucker County clock maker Doyle Kisner, and jazz pianist Bob Thompson takes his holiday tradition, 'Joy To The World' on the road around West Virginia for the first time.