Supporting Family Caregivers

Supporting Family Caregivers

Posted on 03/24/2014 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Home & Family The Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging (LGOA) is requesting $4.7 million in the fiscal year 2014-15 state budget to serve needy seniors in their homes and $3 million in ongoing resources for respite services for caregivers.    The House adopted version of the budget provides a large portion of this funding; $3 million for HCBS services and $2 million for respite services. Why are these funds needed?  The programs and services provided by the LGOA are designed to allow seniors to …

Majority of South Carolina Voters 45+ Have Provided Unpaid Family Caregiving Services

Posted on 03/5/2014 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Home & Family A new AARP report shows that a majority of registered South Carolina voters 45+ are currently or have provided unpaid caregiving services to a family member or loved one. Furthermore, one-half believe that they are extremely or very likely to become a caregiver in the near future. “Family caregivers play a critical role and help ensure that their family members can remain at home where they tend to be healthier and happier,” said Teresa Arnold, AARP South Carolina state director. …

Simplifying Your Electric Bill

Simplifying Your Electric Bill

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family   By Linda H. Lamb South Carolina weather can be extreme, from a historic low of minus 19 degrees to an all-time high of 113. Electric bills can fluctuate as wildly as the thermometer, but a billing program offered by South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) aims to smooth out the highs and lows to help consumers. AARP South Carolina is helping to promote the practice, called Budget Billing. Ann Maletic, 58, a retired state government program manager, said she …

2014 South Carolina State Legislative Priorities

Posted on 01/14/2014 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Home & Family HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES–Improve funding for key home and community- based long-term care programs that help seniors stay in their homes and remain independent. South Carolina ranked 4th in the nation for the most seniors 60 and older at risk of hunger.  Now we must fight for Lt. Governor Glenn McConnell’s request for $4.7 million so that older folks will not go hungry or miss their doctor’s appointments. LONG TERM CARE OMBUDSMEN – The South Carolina Omnibus Adult Protection Act …

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How To Handle A Fender-Bender

Posted on 08/6/2013 by | AARP National | Comments

Home & Family By Julie E. Lee, Vice President & National Director, AARP Driver Safety, Education and Outreach Despite our best intentions, most drivers will be involved in a fender-bender at some point in their lifetime. While fender-benders are more common during heavy traffic and low speeds, they can happen anytime, anywhere. From parking lots and driveways, to busy intersections and highways, it is important to know how to respond to this type of crash, if and when you’re involved in one. Keep …

Protection and Advocacy Updates 2009 Report

Protection and Advocacy Updates 2009 Report

Posted on 04/9/2013 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Home & Family Thousands of poor South Carolinian’s with disabilities continue to live in grossly inadequate conditions in community residential care facilities (CRCFs) across the state.  April 9, 2013 Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. (P&A) released Still…No Place to Call Home, an update of its 2009 report, No Place to Call Home.  The new report documents conditions at 14 CRCFs across the state.  The report’s findings reveal continued lack of oversight of facilities that are dirty, provide inadequate food, do …