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 …

SC APS Report and Recommendations

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The South Carolina Department of Social Services has an Adult Advocacy Division that protects the health and welfare of elderly, disabled, and vulnerable adults. Adult Protective Services (APS) is part of this Division. The Division coordinates services to individuals who are 18 or older and are the victims of actual or potential abuse, neglect, self-neglect or exploitation. In June 2015 the Institute of Medicine and Public Health issued a Long Term Care Task Force report with 32 recommendations to improve …

Nutrition and a Healthy Brain

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 The brain requires nutrients/food that keeps it functioning. Some of the foods that supply the brain with functional nutrients/foods are as follows: 1. Wholegrain: the brain needs energy in order to concentrate and focus, this comes from an adequate supply of energy (sources -wholegrain cereals, bread, rice, and pasta). 2. Fish—oily: the brain needs fat—the most effective omega-3 fats occur naturally in oily fish. Good plant sources include linseed (flaxseed), soybeans, pumpkin seeds and walnuts, those fats are important for …

AmplifyLife: The South Carolina Equipment Distribution Program

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 The South Carolina Equipment Distribution Program is a state program administered by the SC Office of Regulatory Staff. Also known as AmplifyLife, the purpose of the program is to assist those who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, blind/low vision with hearing loss, or speech impaired, to better communicate over the telephone by offering telecommunications equipment at no charge. The process is simple: you fill out the one page application, have it signed by a professional certifier, attach a copy …

Programs to Assist with Senior Hunger

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Did you know South Carolina ranks third lowest in the nation for food security for individuals age 60 and older? Hunger is a condition that is invisible to the naked eye. Many people underestimate the day-to-day struggles of those who are age 65-plus. With the average Social Security check just over $1200 per month, it is hard for many seniors to deal with their monthly expenses and pay for nutritional food. Fortunately the SC Department of Social Services has five …

Myrtle Beach Stand Down September 23

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On Friday, September 23,  AARP South Carolina,  the Veteran’s Welcome Home and Resource Center, and and Military Officers Association of American will host the 3rd annual Myrtle Beach Stand Down for Homeless Veterans event from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the U.S. Army Reserve Building, 3392 Phillis Blvd. Participants are offered free dental, medical and eye screenings, a hot breakfast and hot lunch, eyeglasses, haircuts, showers, Goodwill clothing vouchers, non-perishable food items, flu and pneumonia vaccinations, access to attorneys …