Lisa Evans (left) has served as the main caregiver for her sister, Cynthia Gilstrap, who suffered a stroke in 2015.

— By Linda H. Lamb As a registered nurse for more than 30 years, Cynthia Gilstrap gave help and comfort to patients during some of their most vulnerable times. But during her own most vulnerable time, following a stroke in 2015, she often has found help agonizingly hard to locate. Gilstrap, 55, of Pelzer, her sister, Lisa Evans, and legal advocates say the state Department of Social Services made things worse after Gilstrap—temporarily lacking a family caregiver—called DSS for assistance one …

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— AARP South Carolina believes that today, a secure retirement is out of reach for millions of Americans, especially those who work for small businesses. According to the National Institute on Retirement Security, the conservative estimate of the total U.S. retirement savings deficit is $6.8 trillion. Nearly half of workers age fifty and older have less than $25,000 in savings and investments. The average 401(k) account balance in South Carolina is $20,630, ranked 50th in the US. One of the best …

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— The South Carolina Department of Social Services has an Adult Advocacy Division that protects the health and welfare of elderly, disabled, and vulnerable adults. Adult Protective Services (APS) is part of this Division. The Division coordinates services to individuals who are 18 or older and are the victims of actual or potential abuse, neglect, self-neglect or exploitation. In June 2015 the Institute of Medicine and Public Health issued a Long Term Care Task Force report with 32 recommendations to improve …

Foodies will enjoy "What's Cooking with AARP"

—  The brain requires nutrients/food that keeps it functioning. Some of the foods that supply the brain with functional nutrients/foods are as follows: 1. Wholegrain: the brain needs energy in order to concentrate and focus, this comes from an adequate supply of energy (sources -wholegrain cereals, bread, rice, and pasta). 2. Fish—oily: the brain needs fat—the most effective omega-3 fats occur naturally in oily fish. Good plant sources include linseed (flaxseed), soybeans, pumpkin seeds and walnuts, those fats are important for …

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— Open enrollment for health insurance plans available through the Affordable Care Act marketplace runs Nov. 1-Jan. 31, and AARP South Carolina is encouraging consumers to shop around. Health plans and premiums change from year to year, and so does an individual’s health care needs. Sixty percent of those who actively re-enrolled last year switched to a different plan and saved an average of $516 after tax credits. South Carolina has not expanded Medicaid, and the state has a higher percentage …

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—  The South Carolina Equipment Distribution Program is a state program administered by the SC Office of Regulatory Staff. Also known as AmplifyLife, the purpose of the program is to assist those who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, blind/low vision with hearing loss, or speech impaired, to better communicate over the telephone by offering telecommunications equipment at no charge. The process is simple: you fill out the one page application, have it signed by a professional certifier, attach a copy …

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— Did you know South Carolina ranks third lowest in the nation for food security for individuals age 60 and older? Hunger is a condition that is invisible to the naked eye. Many people underestimate the day-to-day struggles of those who are age 65-plus. With the average Social Security check just over $1200 per month, it is hard for many seniors to deal with their monthly expenses and pay for nutritional food. Fortunately the SC Department of Social Services has five …

Thomas Dixon, left, is challenging Tim Scott for the U.S. Senate. Photos courtesy of the campaigns.
Credit: Courtesy of Thomas Dixon (left); Courtesy U.S. Senator Tim Scott (right)

— By Holly Fisher South Carolina’s low income levels and high rate of food insecurity among older residents have made Social Security and Medicare important issues this election year. AARP South Carolina is urging members to ask presidential and congressional candidates about their views on Social Security and how to maintain it in the future. It’s a key issue in a state that ranks 43rd for median household income, forcing residents to stretch their limited resources to pay for food, housing …

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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 …