Senior Weatherization Fund Created

Posted on 05/5/2015 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Advocacy | Community | Livable Communities Senior citizens in South Carolina will soon benefit from a program that will help them better manage their utility bills by making their homes more energy efficient, thanks to a $1 million donation from Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC). In the DEC 2013 rate case settlement agreement, the utility agreed to make a shareholder contribution of $1 million to support senior-citizen outreach. A large portion of the donation will create the Senior Weatherization Fund, which will support projects of qualified nonprofit …

Budget Cuts Harm Vulnerable Adults

Posted on 05/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Home & Family By Linda H. Lamb As a provider of adult day care in Horry County, Donna Vance works with many loving families trying to help older relatives avoid institutional care as long as possible. Then there are the horror stories. “The daughter of one woman told us she was strapping her mom into bed and leaving her alone while she went out to run errands,” said Vance, 50, of Myrtle Beach. “She also said that when her mother wouldn’t eat, she …

Learn How to Identify Fraud and Scams at Aiken Event

Posted on 04/22/2015 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

About AARP | Community | Events You are enjoying a nice family dinner at home, your phone rings with an unwanted solicitation or someone comes to your door to “sell” you something. This scenario happens more and more and sometimes the person on the other end is trying to scam you, obtain your personal information, or take advantage of you. Join AARP South Carolina and the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs for a FREE seminar May 6, 2015 in Aiken on how you can protect …

Horry and Spartanburg Shred Events in May

Posted on 04/20/2015 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Community Spring cleaning and time to safely dispose of your personal documents in a secure environment. Each event is free and open to the public. AARP’s Fraud Watch Network is your source for information on how to protect your identity, read about potential scams, and forum to ask your questions. State of South Carolina credit monitoring program from CSID. How to freeze your credit in South Carolina for FREE and other resources from South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs. Conway/Myrtle Beach …

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 …