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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 …

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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 …

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You can’t stop getting older, but you can disrupt aging by ignoring outdated expectations and defining yourself. Bill Thomas, M.D., a geriatrician who champions nurturing environments for long-term care, is on a national tour promoting a new view of aging through a nonfiction theatrical performance called “Life’s Most Dangerous Game.” Sponsored by AARP, the tour includes stops in Charleston, April 18, and Columbia, April 19. The show complements AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins’ book, Disrupt Aging, and like a steady …

AARP South Carolina supports legislation to expand healthcare to seniors in our state. South Carolina is currently ranked 43rd in our nation for healthcare, and 33rd for supply of primary care physicians. Our state simply does not have the resources to support our growing population that needs increasing medical attention.  House Bill 3078 will expand the roles of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), giving seniors more access to the medical attention they need. As the number of seniors in our …

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There are currently 700,000 caregivers in the state of South Carolina. These caregivers are providing aid and support to family, friends or community members. The majority of these caregivers are not paid, yet their services save the state roughly $7 billion a year. Respite, or rest, gives caregivers of seniors and adults with disabilities a much needed break from their caregiver duties. AARP of South Carolina supports the Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging’s request for $1.6 million additional dollars to …