Optional Electronic Monitoring Bill Discussed

Posted on 04/1/2015 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving Adults who reside in nursing facilities are usually in very poor health; they are often unable to care for themselves and to protect themselves from harm. Family members or caretakers sometimes suspect mistreatment when they begin noticing unexplainable bruises or missing personal items. To address these concerns, AARP South Carolina supports the use of video technology for the purpose of surveillance, documentation of care, and virtual visitation. “This technology should be allowed only when protections are in place to ensure …

AARP South Carolina Supports Good Government and Ethics Reform

Posted on 04/1/2015 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Advocacy When you mention the word Ethics in South Carolina you can get many different definitions of this word. This year the General Assembly has been fixated on this issue attempting to come up with a solution to improve the state’s ethics laws and how they are enforced. The best solution came from Senator Larry Martin of Pickens County with S. 1. This bill has been debated and heard for many months. The key provision of this bill is that it …

Join the Drive to Fix State’s Roads

Posted on 04/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy The Palmetto State’s poorly maintained roads cause a lot more trouble than just tire damage. They imperil drivers and pedestrians, and even rob the state of tourism dollars. According to the nonprofit South Carolina Alliance to Fix Our Roads, the state’s highway funding is the lowest per mile in the nation, with half of the secondary roads in poor or mediocre condition. Another report found that the state’s fatality rate on rural roads in 2012 was 61 percent higher than …

Senator Thomas Alexander named Capitol Caregiver

Posted on 03/19/2015 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Caregiving | Press A South Carolina Senator was honored by AARP recently for his work to support South Carolina family caregivers in 2014. AARP SC State Director Teresa Arnold made the surprise announcement to Senator Thomas Alexander (R-Oconee) during the organization’s legislative breakfast. Senator Alexander is a part of a bipartisan group of 46 state legislators and three governors from 19 states who were recognized. These elected officials have advanced policies to help family caregivers who are making it possible for older Americans …

Baseball is Back at the Beach

Posted on 03/16/2015 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Caregiving | Events Join AARP South Carolina and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans during nine games of Caregiving Bingo! You’ll play it just like the traditional game but with a baseball twist. Scoring is based on one of 24 events listed on the front of the card such as a double hit, stolen base, or strikeout! There will be plenty of prizes and giveaways for the winners. If you are a caregiver or know someone who is, there will an information table inside the …

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 …