Discover Life’s New Possibilities

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family By Holly Fisher Four years ago, Lois DeMarino retired from a 20-year career as a postal clerk in Columbia to care for her ailing mother. Two weeks after her retirement, DeMarino’s mother passed away from lung disease. That quickly, DeMarino’s plans changed. “I’m not working—what am I going to do with the rest of my life?” She started volunteering with Make-A-Wish, visiting ill children in their homes to learn their wishes. That spurred DeMarino to take on more activities and …

New Scorecard Give South Carolina Middle Ground Marks for Serving Older Residents

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Home & Family South Carolina ranks 34th  in meeting the long-term care needs of older residents, however, AARP feels more must be done to improve support for family caregivers, effective transitions, and home and community based services.  This report is the second comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The Commonwealth Fund and SCAN Foundation. “The vast majority of older South Carolina residents want to live independently, at home, as they age – most …

Getting on the Road to Safer Driving

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family By Holly Fisher When Gene Esarove first took an AARP Driver Safety class, he got a refresher in those simple yet important tasks such as turning his head to check for a car that might be lingering in the blind spot of his side mirror. “It reminded me of the stuff I should be doing,” said Esarove, of Tega Cay, who became an AARP course instructor in 2005 and is now in his third year as state coordinator for South …

Concurrent Resolution Recognizes Senior Hunger Day in South Carolina

Posted on 04/30/2014 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Home & Family Rep. Dan Hamilton, (R- Greenville) today presented a concurrent resolution to Lt. Governor Glenn F. McConnell recognizing May 9 as “Senior Hunger Day” in South Carolina. Hamilton was the chief sponsor of the house bill regarding the resolution. South Carolina ranks as the eighth worst in the United States in senior-adult hunger and overall food insecurity affects over 807,960 people in South Carolina. “Nonprofit agencies, churches, synagogues, mosques, soup kitchens, shelters, and the South Carolina Association of Food Banks strive …

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. …