— Our online Q&A sessions can help you keep your loved one secure. Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe at Home Part 1: Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Nearly half of family caregivers are caring for a loved one who still lives in his or her home. Another 35 percent share a home with the loved one in their care. You want a safe and secure home …

— Join two live webinars to find out how to identify and react to changes in your loved one’s behavior AARP Family Caregiving Online Learning Series Recognizing the Signs Your Loved One Needs More Care Tuesday, January 23, 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET Local Resources for Caregivers Tuesday, January 30, 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET What if your loved one loses interest in a favorite hobby? Or misses an in important date? Or forgets to pay the bills? What …

— 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. …

— Perhaps you’re an empty nester. Or maybe you never raised kids but would love to have a grandchild. Either way, you can provide a loving home to a South Carolina child in need of foster care. AARP South Carolina reminds Palmetto Staters that they can make a critical difference in the life of a child by becoming a foster parent. Some 4,000 kids are in foster care in the state, and the typical foster parent is between 49 and 57 …

— The first regular session of the 122nd South Carolina General Assembly will convene on Tuesday, January 10, 2016. AARP South Carolina is ready to work on behalf of its 615,000 Palmetto state members. Need to find contact information for your  House or Senate member?  >> Click here 2017 South Carolina State Advocacy Priorities FAMILY CAREGIVERS – About 700,000* caregivers in SC provide vital services to their loved ones. Caregivers in our state need quality supportive programs and access to services …

— 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 …

— 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 …

—  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 …

— 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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— The 770,000+ caregivers in South Carolina face many issues as they care for their loved ones. AARP is working to address these issues on several different levels including three caregiving issues at the federal level. The Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act would implement the bipartisan recommendation of the federal Commission on Long-Term Care that Congress require the development of a national strategy to support family caregivers. The Act would bring together relevant federal agencies and …