Senior Center keeps residents happy and healthy

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - A research study from 24/7 Wall Street shows that West Virginia is nationally ranked as the "Worst State for Older Americans."

The Wood County Senior Citizens Association is proving that those low numbers may not speak for every county in the state.

The Senior Center provides exercise and nutritional activities for their residents to participate in.

There are numerous games available to residents, as well as a pool table, library, and computer lab.

Officials at the center say that the numbers may concern parts of West Virginia, and will strive to continue to build on the success of the new center.

"It's not so much necessarily that we want to look into doing something brand new, it's really building upon the programs and services that we provide right now," said Kelly goedel, Executive Director of the Wood County Senior Citizens Association. "As we look at (the) Older Americans Act and the Federal budget and the State budgets and the support that we get from our local governments, it's about taking what we do, and taking it further."

West Virginia ranked last, according to this study, in Median Income for 65 and older households at $36,147, and are tied for last in life expectancy at age 65 being 82.5 years.