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— On Friday, September 23,  AARP South Carolina,  the Veteran’s Welcome Home and Resource Center, and and Military Officers Association of American will host the 3rd annual Myrtle Beach Stand Down for Homeless Veterans event from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the U.S. Army Reserve Building, 3392 Phillis Blvd. Participants are offered free dental, medical and eye screenings, a hot breakfast and hot lunch, eyeglasses, haircuts, showers, Goodwill clothing vouchers, non-perishable food items, flu and pneumonia vaccinations, access to attorneys …

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— TERESA ARNOLD, AARP SC STATE DIRECTOR ON DENIED REQUEST BY SC PSC FOR A CHARLESTON HEARING IN SCE&G RATE HIKE Yesterday, the South Carolina Public Service Commission denied a request from AARP South Carolina to hold a night time hearing in the Charleston area regarding SCE&G’s latest rate hike request. Instead, Commissioners opted for a Tuesday, October 4 public hearing at their Columbia office. “The PSC basically squashed an opportunity for individuals in the Low Country to voice their opinions …

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— When you think of Myrtle Beach, you think of sand dunes, golf courses and well traffic. Tucked away in a small strip center of the highway 17 bypass proudly stands a “mini military museum.” But not in the sense of a formal glassed in-cased, don’t touch museum. You can actually eat there. Army Veteran Lou Mashcerino and his wife, Rhonda are the proprietors of the Veteran’s Café and Grille, a one-of-a-kind operation that not only honor and remembers our Veterans …

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— Corn dogs, roller coasters, prize pigs, live music and AARP—what’s not to like at the South Carolina State Fair? Scheduled Oct. 12-23 in Columbia, the fair will offer educational exhibits, promote community projects and celebrate talent from around the state. Competitions in agriculture, horticulture, livestock, home arts and fine arts will recognize award winners with more than $300,000 in prizes. AARP South Carolina will be the title sponsor for Senior Day, Oct. 19, one of the most popular days at …

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— The 770,000+ caregivers in South Carolina face many issues as they care for their loved ones. AARP is working to address these issues on several different levels including three caregiving issues at the federal level. The Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act would implement the bipartisan recommendation of the federal Commission on Long-Term Care that Congress require the development of a national strategy to support family caregivers. The Act would bring together relevant federal agencies and …

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— The SC Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Statewide Transition Plan is going through a third public comment period due to changes made in the plan per Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements. The comment period is Aug. 17 – Oct. 7, 2016. A webinar and nine regional public meetings will be held to review the changes made to the plan, which outlines how South Carolina will meet the new standards for waiver services (specifically where services are provided) …

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— More than 25% of people 65 and older have diabetes. A diagnosis of diabetes includes prediabetes and diabetes. Prediabetes indicates that the blood sugar is higher than normal. Without any intervention people with prediabetes, most likely, will develop diabetes later in life. Type 2 Diabetes is a progressive disease. This means that as you age, your diabetes, most likely, will get worse. Abnormal or high blood sugar affects every part of your body and can increase your risk of complications …

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— Want to learn more? Click on a link to download additional information about brain health and what you can do to stay sharp. AARP Brain Health Eating Bulletin AARP Brain Health Exercise and Memory Blog AARP Brain Health Loneliness Blog AARP Brain Health Playing Cards Bulletin AARP Brain Health Simple Exercises Blog Additional resources from the Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina Chapter 10_ways_to_love_your_brain_card 10Signs_infographic alz_factsheet_2016 AlzSC Upcoming Programs Aug-Sept 2016

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— Earlier this year AARP South Carolina launched a campaign to move our advocacy efforts into a more local arena. AARP SC volunteers are crucial to our advocacy work and can often best accomplish our goals by working in their local communities. To kick off this effort, we have worked in Anderson and Beaufort counties with local legislators. Anderson — Hats off to Anderson LAT volunteers John and Genevieve Brown. Earlier this summer they represented AARP SC at the Independent Mail …

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— While there are certainly many exceptional opportunities in the role of a volunteer State President with AARP, one that offers a look into the workings of our national congressional leadership is LOBBY DAY on the Hill.  This occurs once a year, and is part of a week long AARP Leadership Summit in DC.  State Presidents travel with the State Director for this event, and work collaboratively with one another, as well as state staff, to coordinate meeting times individually with …