The League of Women Voters of South Carolina: Who We Are and What We Do

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by Lynn Shuler Teague, VP for Issues and Action, League of Women Voters of South Carolina The League of Women Voters is a national non-partisan organization that grew out of the suffragette movement. The League is known for our work registering and educating voters and our advocacy efforts at every level of government. We include many men among our members and officers and we focus on a wide range of issues that fall under our national mission of “Making Democracy …

More on Diabetes Self-Management Education

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(This is the third in a series of articles about Free Diabetes Self-Management Education classes in SC.) We all know that WHAT we eat has an impact on our health. However, did you know that HOW MUCH you eat is as important as WHAT you eat? A diet high in calories from any source can not only contribute to weight gain, but also can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  Excess fat, especially around the waist, can also …

Medicare is a Promise We Need to Keep

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In South Carolina,  we know what a vital program Medicare is. Almost 900,000 people in South Carolina currently rely on Medicare and more than 980,000 50 – 64 year-olds will be eligible for Medicare in the next 15 years. That’s why we’re worried about what’s happening in Washington D.C.  Despite the President’s support for the program, Republican leaders in Congress are pushing ahead with their long-simmering proposal to turn Medicare into a “premium support program.” What that really means is …

Who’s Who in the Legislative and Political Process

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Who’s Who in the Legislative and Political Process? South Carolina and our country have experienced numerous changes in 2017. South Carolina will have a special Congressional election and transitions are occurring within the leadership of state government. There are newly elected officials in the state General Assembly. What does it all mean and which elected officials are in charge of what issues? Social Security, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act are federal issues. This means policy and laws related to …

AARP Supports Veterans

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by  Darrell Eickhoff, USAF ret and member of AARP SC executive council AARP has undertaken the initiative to determine how AARP should honor and support our veterans and their families. A kickoff meeting was held in Washington, DC 0n October 3 & 4, 2016. South Carolina was one of nine states asked to participate in a pilot project due largely to AARP SC’s past efforts in veteran programs. Other states participating are: AL, AZ, KY, MI, MT, NC, TN, and …

2017 AARP South Carolina Advocacy Priorities

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The first regular session of the 122nd South Carolina General Assembly will convene on Tuesday, January 10, 2016. AARP South Carolina is ready to work on behalf of its 615,000 Palmetto state members. Need to find contact information for your  House or Senate member?  >> Click here 2017 South Carolina State Advocacy Priorities FAMILY CAREGIVERS – About 700,000* caregivers in SC provide vital services to their loved ones. Caregivers in our state need quality supportive programs and access to services …

The Road to Recovery: AARP SC Grant Provides Home Repair

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 Mrs. Scott came to our attention when two of our volunteers were sent to evaluate her home by the Winyah Bay Long Term Recovery Group related to the October 2015 floods which affected a large portion of Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties. Along with the case manager from Hearts and Hands, Chris Gardner, Habitat for Humanity Georgetown’s construction supervisor and Lori Hardman, a volunteer, called upon Mrs. Geraldine Scott, an 85 year old widow whose home was impacted by that storm. …

Prediabetes… A Call To Action!

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(This is the second in a series of articles about diabetes.) Whether you have prediabetes or diabetes, you can reduce the risk of progression of this chronic disease. Some people believe that prediabetes is not diabetes, but prediabetes indicates that the blood sugar is out of the normal range. Prediabetes is defined as a fasting blood sugar between 100 and 125 or an A1c (average glucose over 60 -90 days) between 5.7% and 6.4%. Diabetes is defined as a fasting …

This Year, Give the Gift That Lasts a Lifetime

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By Curtis Loftis, South Carolina Treasurer The holiday season is here and with it comes the age-old question, “What gift do I give my grandkids this year?” The usual sweater, toy or game may quickly be tossed aside or find its way to the back of a closet. I’m State Treasurer Curtis Loftis, here to offer you a better idea: This year, give a gift that will last. Give the gift of education by helping your grandchild on the path …

Work and Save is a Win-Win

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AARP South Carolina believes that today, a secure retirement is out of reach for millions of Americans, especially those who work for small businesses. According to the National Institute on Retirement Security, the conservative estimate of the total U.S. retirement savings deficit is $6.8 trillion. Nearly half of workers age fifty and older have less than $25,000 in savings and investments. The average 401(k) account balance in South Carolina is $20,630, ranked 50th in the US. One of the best …