2015 South Carolina State Legislative Priorities

Posted on 01/5/2015 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Home & Family FAMILY CAREGIVERS More than 777,000 caregivers provide vital services to their loved ones. If caregivers can no longer provide the care needed, loved ones may need institutional care. As a result, the state could be left holding the tab because Medicaid pays for a majority of nursing home beds. Last year the Legislature approved $2 million in one-time funding for respite vouchers for family caregivers. Respite vouchers for caregivers allow the caregiver to take a break from their duties. Informal …

Local Organizations Come Together and Show the True Meaning of the Holidays

Posted on 11/25/2014 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Home & Family Today is a special day for Doris Owens of Seneca. Through a collaborative effort, Ms. Owens received a new heating and air conditioning unit installed in her home courtesy of the South Carolina Association of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors’ Cool Aid Warms Hearts program. The South Carolina Association of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors (SCAHACC) created the Cool Aid Warms Hearts program after seeing an investigative report on the Today Show. The report showed a number of heating, ventilation and …

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 …