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— The SC Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Statewide Transition Plan is going through a third public comment period due to changes made in the plan per Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements. The comment period is Aug. 17 – Oct. 7, 2016. A webinar and nine regional public meetings will be held to review the changes made to the plan, which outlines how South Carolina will meet the new standards for waiver services (specifically where services are provided) …

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— More than 25% of people 65 and older have diabetes. A diagnosis of diabetes includes prediabetes and diabetes. Prediabetes indicates that the blood sugar is higher than normal. Without any intervention people with prediabetes, most likely, will develop diabetes later in life. Type 2 Diabetes is a progressive disease. This means that as you age, your diabetes, most likely, will get worse. Abnormal or high blood sugar affects every part of your body and can increase your risk of complications …

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— Want to learn more? Click on a link to download additional information about brain health and what you can do to stay sharp. AARP Brain Health Eating Bulletin AARP Brain Health Exercise and Memory Blog AARP Brain Health Loneliness Blog AARP Brain Health Playing Cards Bulletin AARP Brain Health Simple Exercises Blog Additional resources from the Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina Chapter 10_ways_to_love_your_brain_card 10Signs_infographic alz_factsheet_2016 AlzSC Upcoming Programs Aug-Sept 2016

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— Earlier this year AARP South Carolina launched a campaign to move our advocacy efforts into a more local arena. AARP SC volunteers are crucial to our advocacy work and can often best accomplish our goals by working in their local communities. To kick off this effort, we have worked in Anderson and Beaufort counties with local legislators. Anderson — Hats off to Anderson LAT volunteers John and Genevieve Brown. Earlier this summer they represented AARP SC at the Independent Mail …

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— While there are certainly many exceptional opportunities in the role of a volunteer State President with AARP, one that offers a look into the workings of our national congressional leadership is LOBBY DAY on the Hill.  This occurs once a year, and is part of a week long AARP Leadership Summit in DC.  State Presidents travel with the State Director for this event, and work collaboratively with one another, as well as state staff, to coordinate meeting times individually with …

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— By Holly Fisher Last October, Edwina Hoyle traveled to Washington, D.C., to explain to the AARP National Policy Council how her organization is working to make Hilton Head a dementia-friendly community. Hoyle is the executive director of Memory Matters, a nonprofit that provides Alzheimer’s and dementia day care programs, support services and education. In 2015, Memory Matters launched the Purple Angel Project, providing free training to businesses on how to better serve customers with dementia. Once a firm completes the …

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— You already know how to keep your body fit. But what about your brain? On Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 5:45 p.m. CDT, AARP offices in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina will host a tele-town hall featuring world-class experts on brain health. Mental fitness is a top concern for people as they age, according to a 2014 AARP survey. Last year, AARP and the British charity Age UK launched the Global Council on Brain Health, a group of scientists, …

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— SCE&G is asking state regulators to approve another $852 million increase in the projected cost of building two nuclear reactors in Fairfield County, but the company says the potential for any other cost increases is limited. If the state Public Service Commission approves the higher cost, South Carolina Electric & Gas Co.’s 702,000 electric customers would likely face higher rates. SCE&G says their rate increase request “fixes” costs thus limiting future cost increases. Is this really the case? AARP South …

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— At a time when our country is extremely polarized, family care giving is a rare issue that unites us. It isn’t a Democratic issue or a Republican issue. It’s a family issue that affects us all. If you’re not a caregiver now, you will be one or will need one in the future. That’s why AARP South Carolina went to the U.S. Capitol in early June to fight for the more than 700,000 Palmetto state residents who care for older …

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— Did you know that one in four individuals between the ages of 44 to 70 are interested in becoming entrepreneurs? In fact, entrepreneurs over the age of 50, also known as encore entrepreneurs, are one of the fastest-growing groups of entrepreneurs in the United States. A growing number of workers age 50-plus are turning interests, hobbies or skills into a small business.  Whether you are interested in starting a small business right away or are intending to wait until after …