Home & Community-Based Services State Wide Plan Public Hearing

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The SC Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Statewide Transition Plan is going through a third public comment period due to changes made in the plan per Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements. The comment period is Aug. 17 – Oct. 7, 2016. A webinar and nine regional public meetings will be held to review the changes made to the plan, which outlines how South Carolina will meet the new standards for waiver services (specifically where services are provided) …

FREE Diabetes Self- Management Education for Seniors in South Carolina

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More than 25% of people 65 and older have diabetes. A diagnosis of diabetes includes prediabetes and diabetes. Prediabetes indicates that the blood sugar is higher than normal. Without any intervention people with prediabetes, most likely, will develop diabetes later in life. Type 2 Diabetes is a progressive disease. This means that as you age, your diabetes, most likely, will get worse. Abnormal or high blood sugar affects every part of your body and can increase your risk of complications …

Brain Health: Additional Info

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Want to learn more? Click on a link to download additional information about brain health and what you can do to stay sharp. AARP Brain Health Eating Bulletin AARP Brain Health Exercise and Memory Blog AARP Brain Health Loneliness Blog AARP Brain Health Playing Cards Bulletin AARP Brain Health Simple Exercises Blog Additional resources from the Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina Chapter 10_ways_to_love_your_brain_card 10Signs_infographic alz_factsheet_2016 AlzSC Upcoming Programs Aug-Sept 2016

Going Local!

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Earlier this year AARP South Carolina launched a campaign to move our advocacy efforts into a more local arena. AARP SC volunteers are crucial to our advocacy work and can often best accomplish our goals by working in their local communities. To kick off this effort, we have worked in Anderson and Beaufort counties with local legislators. Anderson — Hats off to Anderson LAT volunteers John and Genevieve Brown. Earlier this summer they represented AARP SC at the Independent Mail …

From the State President

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While there are certainly many exceptional opportunities in the role of a volunteer State President with AARP, one that offers a look into the workings of our national congressional leadership is LOBBY DAY on the Hill.  This occurs once a year, and is part of a week long AARP Leadership Summit in DC.  State Presidents travel with the State Director for this event, and work collaboratively with one another, as well as state staff, to coordinate meeting times individually with …

You Pay, They Spend: SCE&G Rate Case Information

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SCE&G is asking state regulators to approve another $852 million increase in the projected cost of building two nuclear reactors in Fairfield County, but the company says the potential for any other cost increases is limited. If the state Public Service Commission approves the higher cost, South Carolina Electric & Gas Co.’s 702,000 electric customers would likely face higher rates. SCE&G says their rate increase request “fixes” costs thus limiting future cost increases. Is this really the case? AARP South …

Rep. Wilson Offers Cosponsorship of RAISE Act

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At a time when our country is extremely polarized, family care giving is a rare issue that unites us. It isn’t a Democratic issue or a Republican issue. It’s a family issue that affects us all. If you’re not a caregiver now, you will be one or will need one in the future. That’s why AARP South Carolina went to the U.S. Capitol in early June to fight for the more than 700,000 Palmetto state residents who care for older …

How to Turn Hobbies and Interest into a Small Business

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Did you know that one in four individuals between the ages of 44 to 70 are interested in becoming entrepreneurs? In fact, entrepreneurs over the age of 50, also known as encore entrepreneurs, are one of the fastest-growing groups of entrepreneurs in the United States. A growing number of workers age 50-plus are turning interests, hobbies or skills into a small business.  Whether you are interested in starting a small business right away or are intending to wait until after …

South Carolina Ranks High for Food Insecurity

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Did you know South Carolina ranks 3rd lowest in the nation for food security of individuals age 60 and above and 2nd lowest for those individuals age 50-59 according to the Food Insecurity among Older Adults full report 2015 published by the AARP Foundation. In South Carolina, 20%of individuals age 60 and above are food insecure and 32% of individuals after 50-59, compared to the national overall average of 17.3% food insecurity. AARP SC is providing outreach and education to …

SC Counties Looking For Poll Managers

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Want to be part of your state’s democratic process?  Become a poll manager!  It’s a great way to give back to your community and perform a civic duty.  As a poll manager, you can help make sure the state’s elections remain secure, accessible, and accurate for all voters.   It is also a great way to earn a little money while engaging in the democratic process. If you would like to apply to be part of the team of citizens who …