Drive to End Hunger

Did you know South Carolina ranks 3rd lowest in the nation for food security of individuals age 60 and above and 2nd lowest for those individuals age 50-59 according to the Food Insecurity among Older Adults full report 2015 published by the AARP Foundation. In South Carolina, 20%of individuals age 60 and above are food insecure and 32% of individuals after 50-59, compared to the national overall average of 17.3% food insecurity. AARP SC is providing outreach and education to …

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Want to be part of your state’s democratic process?  Become a poll manager!  It’s a great way to give back to your community and perform a civic duty.  As a poll manager, you can help make sure the state’s elections remain secure, accessible, and accurate for all voters.   It is also a great way to earn a little money while engaging in the democratic process. If you would like to apply to be part of the team of citizens who …

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by Wallace Cunningham AARP SC Multicutural Outreach Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, the widow of legendary tennis star Arthur Ashe, will have a photography exhibit “Dafuskie Memories” at the Columbia Museum of Art from May 27 – August 7. She has achieved excellence and recognition in her field, especially on a project to make sure that Black women photographers are not forgotten. In addition, to the exhibit her book Daufuskie Island: 25th Anniversary Edition will be in the museum store for a limited …

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Join AARP South Carolina, EdVenture Children’s Museum, the South Carolina State Museum and the Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging for “Morning at the Museums” on Monday, May 16, 2016 from 8:00 AM – 10:00 am What is “Morning at the Museums?” What is “Morning at the Museums?” It’s a special open-house designed for you to meet four of Columbia’s leading organizations: AARP South Carolina, EdVenture Children’s Museum, South Carolina State Museum and the Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging. We invite …

Rena Grant, 92, of Myrtle Beach, is a pickleball enthusiast. Photo by Andrew Sherman

By Linda H. Lamb Life has never been a spectator sport for Rena Grant, of Myrtle Beach. She had an active childhood on a farm, a defense plant job during World War II, a career teaching phys ed to schoolchildren—and now she has pickleball. “It’s a great sport for seniors,” said Grant, 92, who’s looking forward to competing in this month’s South Carolina Senior Sports Classic. She has enjoyed other sports, including track, basketball and volleyball, but recently she has …

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by Coretta Bedsole, AARP SC advocacy director If you don’t know that AARP SC advocates for the 50 plus in the state legislature, then you don’t know “AARP.”  The 2016 legislative session is over half way through, and so far it has been a very good year for family caregivers.  The SC House passed a state budget that includes $1.5 million in new funds for home and community based services such as home delivered and congregate meals, transportation and in …

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Did you know that South Carolina law allows utility companies to force consumers to pay for billions in cost overruns for big projects like building a nuclear power plant? It sounds shocking, but the Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) just published a report showing that SCE&G’s VC Summer project has cost $1.5 billion more than originally estimated. And guess who is footing the bill? South Carolina consumers, many of whom live on modest incomes and cannot afford these additional costs. …

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To recognize his leadership and support of older South Carolinians, caregivers and their families, AARP named Lt. Governor Henry McMaster as a 2015 “Capitol Caregiver.” He joins a bipartisan group of state legislators, lieutenant governors, and governors from 25 states. These elected officials have advanced policies to help family caregivers who are making it possible for older adults to live independently at home—where they want to be. Specifically, Lt. Governor McMaster worked to secure funding for respite care vouchers, additional …

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    Upcoming shred events. Please limit to three bags or boxes. How big is too big? If you can load in your vehicle, someone will unload it for you. Use your best judgement! Paper clips and staples do not need to be removed.     SPARTANBURG April 27th  9:00 am – noon Department of Public Safety Spartanburg 145 W. Broad Street Spartanburg, 29306   HORRY COUNTY April 29th 9:00 am – noon Horry County Judicial and Government Center 1301 …

Dr. Bill Thomas

Dr. Bill Thomas, one of the most innovative and creative thinkers working in medicine today, brings a radical new approach to growth and aging through his modern day American Chautauqua movement the Age of Disruption Tour. Barnstorming the country in a rock n’ roll tour bus, Dr. Bill Thomas is engaging with communities passion building new and vastly more rewarding visions of aging. The 2016 tour features Disrupt Dementia, a community-based workshop, and Dr. Thomas’ signature “non-fiction theater” performance, Life’s …