Social Services

Senior Monongalians has a Social Services Coordinator and SHIP Counselor assist seniors and their families.  Our Social Service staff works with clients to understand & enroll in Medicare Part D, finding answers to Social Security questions, directing clients to utility assistance programs, senior housing options, and much more.

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posted Sep 11, 2015, 10:12 AM by Senior Monongalians

The Social Security Administration Office, currently located in the Mountaineer Mall is moving locations.  Their new location will be 3596 Collins Ferry Road.  

All the normal services will be available at the new location.  Hours will remain the same, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00 a.m.. to 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Flu Facts

posted Sep 10, 2015, 7:34 AM by Senior Monongalians

The immune system weakens with age, which makes it harder to fight disease. As a result, adults 65 years of age and older are more likely to catch the flu and experience complications.

  • This age group typically accounts for more than half (about 60%) of flu-related hospitalizations and almost all (90%) of flu-related deaths.
  • In fact, influenza and pneumonia combined are the seventh leading cause of death in adults 65 years of age and older in the United States.

The flu can make existing health problems worse and is especially dangerous for people with chronic health conditions, like heart disease and diabetes.

  • People with these conditions are more likely to develop complications from the flu that can result in hospitalization and even death.
  • Chronic health conditions commonly affect older adults:
    • 86% of adults 65 years of age and older have at least one chronic condition, and 68% have two or more.
    • Among adults 65 years of age and older, roughly 20% have diabetes, and about 30% have heart disease.

Adults 65 years of age and older should get vaccinated as early as possible.

  • According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the single best way to help prevent the flu is to get an annual flu shot, which is recommended for everyone six months of age and older, with rare exception.
  • In fact, it is estimated that during the 2013-2014 flu season, nearly 50,000 hospitalizations were averted due to vaccination in those 65 years of age and older.
  • For older adults, it is especially critical to get vaccinated early in the season, which has been shown to be associated with greater benefit compared to later in the season.

Talk to your health care provider about your flu vaccine options.

  • Older adults have flu vaccine options – including the regular flu shot and a higher-dose vaccine developed specifically to address the age-related weakening of the immune system – both of which are widely available at a doctor’s office or local pharmacy.
  • Flu vaccination is a Medicare benefit, with no copay, for adults 65 years of age and older who are Medicare beneficiaries.

Bridging the Gap

posted Sep 4, 2015, 7:53 AM by Senior Monongalians

A hands-on, how-to seminar on living with blindness or low vision.
Do you find it difficult to do everyday tasks because of vision loss? If so, we can help. We are the members of the National Federation of the blind of West Virginia and we invite you to join us and increase your personal independence as a person with low vision or who is blind.
Bridging The Gap is an individualized, hands-on seminar designed to answer your questions. You can learn directly from others who share your visual problems. Find out how they solve every day challenges and how they are living the lives they want.
Part 1, A discussion panel of successful blind people will interact with the audience to share tips and ideas on how to do a variety of tasks without, or with limited vision.
We will discuss such activities as:
Reading books
Home management
Reading and paying bills
Meal preparation
Clothing management
Eating and cutting techniques
Computer and cell phone access
Part 2, Spend time with the panelists. It’s hands-on and individualized to answer your questions. They are looking forward to sharing the techniques they discussed with you.
Visit a variety of life stations to see adaptive aids used to carry out daily living tasks.

Best Western Plus Bridgeport Inn
100 Lodgeville Drive - Bridgeport West Virginia

September 18, 2015 from 9:00 AM to noon

RSVP Please 304-993-5103

For more information contact Sheri Koch at 304-993-5103

Medication Update

posted Apr 22, 2014, 5:08 AM by Senior Monongalians

A generic equivalent for the brand name medication Lunesta was approved for sale in the United States on April 15, 2014. If your current Part D plan covers Lunesta, it will more than likely cover the generic equivalent Eszopiclone in the near future. This could effect your coverage and could dramatically reduce your copayments. Please watch your mail for news from your Part D Supplier. If you have any questions about this medication or about your Medicare Part D, please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information and assistance.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Warns Consumers to Avoid Fake Funeral Emails

posted Apr 10, 2014, 5:11 AM by Senior Monongalians

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is alerting residents to a disturbing scam that’s been making its way around to inboxes across the country and region.

Scammers are sending fraudulent “funeral notice” e-mails to citizens with the hopes that the recipient will be curious or grief-stricken enough to blindly click on an embedded link in the hopes of getting information about their friend or relative’s “celebration of life” service. But instead of providing information on memorial services, the link enables the computer to be hijacked with malicious software.

“Scammers always seem to be looking for new ways to steal, but this really could be a new low,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Tricking people with fake death notices is really just despicable.”

Messages sent, which appear convincing, often contain the names, addresses and logos of local funeral homes, so the recipient of the email feels comfortable clicking through without much thought. However, once the reader clicks on the link, the computer becomes infected with malicious software that can steal personal and financial information and send it to other computers or send spam emails out on your behalf without your knowledge.

Should one of these messages appear in your inbox, don’t click through, click delete. If you want to verify information about a person’s death, you can call the funeral home directly to verify the information.

As a general reminder, it’s always a good idea to make sure your computer’s firewall and virus protection are up to date and always active; that you have a good pop-up advertisement blocker installed; and, that you don’t click on links in emails from people you don’t recognize.

If you have received one of these unsolicited email messages, please call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 800-368-8808 to report it.

HHS announces important Medicare information for people in same-sex marriages

posted Apr 3, 2014, 10:37 AM by Senior Monongalians   [ updated Apr 8, 2014, 11:06 AM ]


Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that the Social Security Administration (SSA) is now able to process requests for Medicare Part A and Part B Special Enrollment Periods, and reductions in Part B and premium Part A late enrollment penalties for certain eligible people in same-sex marriages. This is another step HHS is taking in response to the June 26, 2013 Supreme Court ruling in U.S. v. Windsor, which held section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. Because of this ruling, Medicare is no longer prevented by DOMA from recognizing same-sex marriages for determining entitlement to, or eligibility, for Medicare.Read more about today's announcement. 

How the Silver Alert Program Works

posted Feb 6, 2014, 7:35 AM by Senior Monongalians   [ updated Apr 8, 2014, 11:21 AM ]

Silver Alert is a program you hope you never need, but if you do, here’s what it is and how it works.  The Silver Alert Program allows law enforcement to issue alerts for adults with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disorders.  Silver Alert is similar to what most states

already have for children called Amber Alert. It is a system that uses the broadcast media to notify the general public and law enforcement when an adult with cognitive impairment (memory, thinking and reasoning problems) is missing.  The Alert will include a description of the person, anything you know about the circumstances of the person’s disappearance, and other information that the State Police may think is important and appropriate.  If a loved one with cognitive impairment wanders and becomes lost, call the State Police or local law enforcement to submit a missing person's report and ask them to activate Silver Alert.  (If the missing person’s report is filed with local law enforcement, ask them to forward the information to the State Police.  Silver Alert must be activated by the State Police.)

In addition to the broadcast media, the State Police will also notify the Department of Transportation, Division of Highways and West Virginia Turnpike Commission.  If possible, through the use of their electronic signs, they can let motorists know that a Silver Alert is in progress.  They can provide information relating to the missing person and let motorists know how they may report any information they have to the State Police or other appropriate law enforcement agency.

For more information about Silver Alert or other tracking systems that help locate individuals with cognitive impairment, contact the Bureau of Senior Services, 1-877-987-3646.

Wandering Behavior – Preparing For & Preventing It

posted Jul 10, 2013, 10:33 AM by Senior Monongalians   [ updated Apr 8, 2014, 11:05 AM ]

Alzheimer's disease causes millions of Americans to lose their ability to recognize familiar places and faces. Six in ten people with Alzheimer's disease will wander. They may become disoriented and lost, even in their own neighborhoods. Although common, wandering behavior can be dangerous; if not found within 24 hours, up to half of those who wander risk serious injury or death.


Wandering is among the biggest challenges caregivers face.  Following are tips from the Alzheimer’s Association to help you prepare for or prevent wandering behavior in loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia:


Who's at risk to wander?  Anyone who:

          Returns from a regular walk or drive later than usual.

          Tries to fulfill former obligations, such as going to work.

          Tries to “go home” even when at home.

          Is restless, paces or makes repetitive movements.

          Has difficulty locating familiar places like the bathroom, bedroom or dining room.

          Checks the whereabouts of familiar people.

          Acts as if doing a hobby or chore, but nothing gets done (e.g. moves around pots and dirt without planting anything).

          Feels lost in a new or changed environment.


Consider behavior

          Be aware of who is at risk for wandering.

          Identify the most likely times of day that wandering may occur; plan activities at that time.

          Provide opportunities for activities and exercise.

          When night wandering is a problem, make sure the person has restricted fluids two hours before bedtime and has gone to the bathroom just before bed. Limit daytime naps, if possible.

          Monitor reaction to medications. Consult a physician, if necessary.

          Use communication focused on validating feelings (not correcting) when the individual says that he or she wants to leave to go home or to work.

If wandering is in progress, use distraction to re-direct the individual's focus.

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