2014 Session Wrap-up

Posted on 06/24/2014 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

About AARP | Press | South Carolina   SC has a new Lt. Governor Congratulations to Lt. Governor Yancey McGill. He assumed the position on June 18 upon the resignation of Lt. Governor McConnell who left office to become a college president. McGill has a great deal of experience in state government having served as a senator and key member of the Senate Finance Committee. He has already shown his commitment to his new role by announcing his intentions to visit Councils on Aging and other senior …

Caregivers Win! House and Senate Override Veto

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

Advocacy | Press THANK YOU!  This is a great stride for family caregivers in South Carolina. Both the House and Senate overwhelmingly overrode the Governor’s veto of $2 million for respite vouchers for family caregivers.  South Carolina family givers provide over $7.4 million in unpaid caregiving services.     Members of the House who voted in the affirmative were: Alexander Allison Anderson Anthony Atwater Bales Ballentine Bannister Barfield Bernstein Bingham Bowers Branham Brannon G. A. Brown R. L. Brown Burns Clemmons Clyburn Cobb-Hunter …

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

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

About AARP | Advocacy | Home & Family | Press | South Carolina 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 …

News Release: New National Report Ranks South Carolina as a Dangerous State for Pedestrians

Posted on 05/20/2014 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Press | South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina – South Carolina is among the most dangerous states in the nation for pedestrians, ranking 4th nationally with a Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI) of  110.39 according to a new report released by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America. Between 2003 and 2012, 1,020 people were killed while walking in South Carolina, representing 10.7% of the 9,546 traffic-related fatalities in the state during this period. For the years 2003 to 2010, these fatalities …

Press Release: Sustaining Our Seniors Launches

Posted on 05/13/2014 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

About AARP | Press | South Carolina (Columbia) With the senior citizen population expected to reach 2 million in South Carolina by 2029, a mere 15 years away, a new statewide resource was announced today to coordinate assistance for them. The announcement was combined with an appeal for citizen involvement. Sustaining Our Seniors of South Carolina will be a non-profit and non-partisan organization aimed at promoting independence, wellness and a better quality of life for seniors. Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell, an advocate for senior care with responsibility …

Getting on the Road to Safer Driving

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

Home & Family | South Carolina | Volunteering 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 …