Lt. Governor Tackles Aging Issues

Posted on 03/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Voters By Holly Fisher In his new role as South Carolina’s lieutenant governor, Henry McMaster has two duties. One is to preside over the state Senate; the other is to oversee the Office on Aging, which works with a network of local and regional organizations to improve the quality of life for the state’s older population. It’s no small task. In 2013, those 65 and older made up more than 15 percent of the state’s population. According to the U.S. Census …

Ethics Reform: Good Government for South Carolina

Posted on 02/25/2015 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Advocacy It is urgent and important that you contact your Senator now to save ethics reform in South Carolina! Tell your Senator that: • You are his/her constituent; and that • real ethics reform with independent investigation of everyone including legislators is very important to you, and that • the Senate support truly independent investigation of ethics complaints. • Urge the Senate to reconsider S1 and forward it to the House with real independent investigation. Please call 1-844-250-5544 and urge your …

Greenville-Spartanburg Sister Veterans Luncheon

Posted on 02/4/2015 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Events Greenville – Spartanburg (GSP) Sister Veterans invites all women in the area who served in the military to a luncheon Thursday, March 19.  GSP Sister Veterans will hold monthly meetings where members can share stories and learn about veterans’ benefits. The goal of these monthly meetings is not only to develop friendships, but celebrate and honor the past and future of these service women. Monthly meetings will include presentations, speakers, education seminars and chances to network. The luncheon location will …

Freedom Rally in Myrtle Beach for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Posted on 01/12/2015 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

About AARP | Events | Local Resources Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Carolina African American Heritage Foundation’s annual three-day Freedom Rally in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, beginning Saturday, Jan. 17 through Sunday, Jan. 19. We have helped you prepare for the Freedom Rally with a schedule of events and resources to help you navigate through the activities planned. Saturday, Jan. 17 Choose from a variety of workshops featured at the brown bag working luncheon beginning at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Myrtle Beach …

2015 South Carolina State Legislative Priorities

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

About AARP | Advocacy 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 …

Long-term Care Task Force Looks at Improving In-home Services

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Linda H. Lamb The hardest thing is “the feeling of being locked in,” Dennis Bell said. In 2009, Bell took a cherished aunt with Alzheimer’s disease into his Columbia home, caring for her with the help of other family members and occasional sitters. “She’s always been an integral part of our lives,” he said. As a registered nurse, he seemed like the logical person to take primary responsibility. But Bell, now 59, found that even being a health professional …