— We have all heard that the savings rate in U.S. is dismal. In fact, the typical working-age household has only $3,000 in retirement assets and retirement age households have only $12,000. Bringing it closer to home – the National Institute on Retirement Security ranks South Carolina 50th worst in 401k savings. Fortunately, we know one of the best ways to help people save is through the workplace. Research shows that individuals are 15 times more likely to save if their …

— By Linda H. Lamb When Jackie Green offered ideas on a new website for caregivers in the state, she kept thinking about the years she helped take care of her stepmother, then in her 80s. “I had to learn how to get help for her,” Green said, describing frustrating searches for services and information. State agencies helped steer her toward answers, but there were always more questions, on almost everything from financial aid to where to find pads for incontinence. …

— What are the next steps for consumers in the V. C. Summer nuclear abandonment? In late November the House Judiciary committee advanced six bills to the General Assembly’s 2018 calendar. This action culminated after many hours of hearings by the House Utility Ratepayer Protection Committee. The hearings included testimony from AARP South Carolina, officials from SCE&G and Santee Cooper, state agencies, consumers and other advocates. Rep. Peter McCoy, R-Charleston, chairman of the special committee is the sponsor of all six …

— Thanks for joining the call to learn about identifying frauds and scams. Here is a list of resources mentioned on the call. Just click and you will automatically be connected to the information. AARP If you want to sign up to join the Fraud Watch Network and receive email alerts about the latest scams click here   You can also sign up by calling 1-877-908-3360. AARP and U.S. Postal Inspection Service Team – Operation Protect Veterans  South Carolina Department of Consumer …

— AARP South Carolina today announced that it is joining forces with the AARP Fraud Watch Network and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for Operation Protect Veterans — a campaign to warn those who have served in the military about scams and fraud schemes that target veterans. The major educational campaign will reach out to veterans in communities across South Carolina and nationwide. With a new AARP survey showing that veterans are frequently targeted by scam artists and victimized twice as …

— The 3 D’s of Open Enrollment DEADLINE: There is a shortened open enrollment period that starts November 1 and ends December 15, 2017. DISCOUNTS: Financial help is still available and even more generous this year. Last year, nine in 10 South Carolinian’s qualified for discounts on the cost of monthly premiums. Eight in 10 South Carolinian’s also received discounts on the cost of accessing care, including doctor visits and prescriptions. DO IT: Every consumer should actively enroll or renew coverage …

— Are you a breast cancer survivor who wants to become more physically active? AARP South Carolina is encouraging survivors to consider joining a research study, Moving Forward Together 3, to reap the benefits of a home-based walking program. The University of South Carolina College of Nursing and the American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery program are recruiting women 21 and older who were diagnosed with stage 0 to 3 breast cancer in the last five years and have not been …

— Join us online for free webinars, interactive videos, live chats and more AARP’s Online Family Caregiving Fair is Thursday, November 16, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET As a child, your parents provided the care. Now the roles are changing. If you’re one of over 40 million adults in the U.S. who provide unpaid care to a family member — or a first-time caregiver looking for helpful tips and advice, the AARP Online Family Caregiving Fair will help you make …

— How can he help you build your new business? From Passion to Profit, Part 2: Veteran Entrepreneurship takes place on Thursday, November 9, 2017 / 3:00 p.m. EST If you’re a veteran thinking about starting your own business, join AARP for a live webinar and hear from all of our inspiring veteran entrepreneurs as they share their journeys of starting and succeeding in business. Get new business insights from: Lee Dougherty, founder and host of Objective Rally Point networking event for …

— Join us for two live webcasts and get answers to your questions. Do you have questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment? Get your answers live! Whether you’re enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling, the two-part Q&A series from AARP Learn@50+ provides answers about the 2018 enrollment process. In part one, AARP’s experts will review the Open Enrollment period (Nov. 1 to Dec. 15) and answer your questions about the process. In part two, the AARP team will lead a …