Discover Life’s New Possibilities

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

Money & Work 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 …

AARP South Carolina and SBA to Hold Encore Entrepreneur Event April 22 in Columbia

Posted on 04/8/2014 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Money & Work AARP South Carolina and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are teaming up to hold an Encore Entrepreneur mentoring event April 22 in Columbia. The event, which is free and open to AARP members and non-members, is designed to provide counseling, mentoring and training for individuals who like to start or grow a business, especially those aged 50 and older. Last year, nationally, AARP and SBA matched “encore entrepreneurs” with successful business owners and community leaders for advice and assistance.  …

Learn How to Avoid Scams

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work South Carolina is still reeling from a 2012 state government security breach that exposed about 3.8 million tax returns. AARP South Carolina and the Spartanburg County Public Safety Office are cosponsoring a free shredding event April 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, at 150 S. Church St. in Spartanburg. People in any state and of any age can turn to the AARP Fraud Watch Network to learn about scams emerging close to home and how to fight back. To sign …

428,000

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

Money & Work That’s how many South Carolinians were kept out of poverty by Social Security income each year, on average, from 2010 to 2012, according to an AARP Public Policy Institute report. Of those, 254,000 were 65 or older. Nationally, Social Security kept more than 22 million people out of poverty; over 15 million were 65-plus.

AARP South Carolina Opposed SCE&G eWNA

Posted on 11/1/2013 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Money & Work AARP SC Applauds Office of Regulatory Staff recommendationthat SCE&G terminate the Electric Weather Normalization Adjustment AARP South Carolina applauds the report issued today by the Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) recommends that SCE&G terminate the Electric Weather Normalization Adjustment, or eWNA, with the last billing cycle for December 2013.  As an intervener in SCE&G’s 2012 rate hike, AARP specifically questioned the validity of the weather normalization adjustment. “AARP members complained to us about the unfairness of the eWNA,” said Teresa …

Identity Theft Update – How to Place a Credit Freeze

Posted on 09/16/2013 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Money & Work Many South Carolina residents enrolled in free credit monitoring service in 2012 due to the cyber attack last year at the Department of Revenue.  As a reminder and convenience, AARP South Carolina offers you the following information as a servvice. You can place a FREE credit freeze and thaw on your personal credit history as a South Carolina resident.  To do so click onto: Experian Equfax TransUnion In the search bar of each site type “South Carolina Credit Freeze.”  This …