— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger South Carolina for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— South Carolinians have always had a fiercely independent spirit. However, we can’t be truly independent without the financial resources to meet the ever-rising costs of living. In today’s reality, a secure and independent future is out of reach for far too many South Carolinians. South Carolina is 50th worst in the nation when it comes to retirement savings. That’s no surprise when you consider that 70% of our workforce – around 1.25 million hard-working South Carolinians – do not have …

— This Q&A Webinar Offers Tips Anyone Can Use 10 Retirement Planning Quick Tips Online Q&A PART 1: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 7 p.m. ET PART 2: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7 p.m. ET If you feel like it’s too late to save anything for retirement, AARP has some reassuring news for you: It’s not. Even if you’re behind schedule on retirement planning, there are still ways to grow your nest egg. A first step is to stop putting it off …

— Attend AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar Medicare: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 7 p.m. ET PART 2: Thursday, October 18, 2018 7 p.m. ET The better you understand Medicare, the smarter decisions you can make about it—no matter if you’re enrolling for the first time or getting ready to make changes to your coverage. AARP’s free, two-part webinar helps you get answers and understand your options right when you need it—at the start of the Medicare annual …

— By Linda H. Lamb Gov. Henry D. McMaster and state Rep. James E. Smith Jr., both born in Columbia but 20 years apart, took different paths to the Nov. 6 governor’s race. Republican McMaster, 71, a lawyer, served as attorney general and, as lieutenant governor, head of the state Office on Aging. Democrat Smith, 51, a lawyer and state representative, served in the military and was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. While the legislature is the dominant …

— The storm may have passed, but the danger has not. The Pee Dee region has already started to flood and flooding is expected to worsen over the next week. If you need to drive in this region, AARP urges you to be safe. AARP encourages you to follow warning signs. Do not enter closed roads or drive around barricades. Be aware of water levels. Don’t risk driving over flooded roads or bridges. By now you may have heard repeatedly that …

— Some may seek to take advantage of those seeking help with repairs in the aftermath of the storm and floods. Yesterday I talked to a friend that is an insurance agent. She told me that her phone was ringing off the hook with people trying to file claims after the storm. There are a lot of you out there with fallen trees and broken branches that caused property damage. Soon there will be many more with flood damage in the …

— Hurricane/Tropical Storm Florence has come and gone. Thankfully most of South Carolina was spared from the devastation. However, some of our neighbors were not so lucky. Florence has caused 24 deaths to date, and as of early Monday morning, over 500,000 people in the affected region were without power. You’ve likely heard that record rainfall caused mass flooding in North Carolina and in the coming weeks is expected to create a high potential for river flooding in the Pee Dee region. …

— Hurricane Florence is still a potentially dangerous storm. If you are in an evacuation zone and need shelter, SCEMD has a list of available shelters here. This list includes information about which shelters are pet friendly. There are currently four pet friendly shelters and they are donated on the page with a paw print. All shelters accept service animals. Use a checklist when you evacuate. SCEMD has developed a list here. In addition to this list, we recommend that you …

— When the time comes to  start cleaning up the mess left behind by severe flooding, take added steps to protect your health and safety. Assume everything touched by flood water is contaminated and will have to be disinfected.  Most clean up can be done with household cleaning products, but always read and follow label directions.  Remember to frequently wash your hands during the clean-up and wear sturdy shoes to prevent falls on the slippery silt and mud left behind. If …

— A portable or “whole-house” electrical generator can be a big help after a hurricane. But make sure you follow the safety precautions. ‘’If your neighborhood ‘goes dark’ in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, having a generator can truly become a lifesaver. It can help keep food, liquids and medications cool,” said Teresa Arnold, AARP SC state director. “But like any other power tool, we must learn how to use generators safely.” Many South Carolina residents have purchased or own backup …