— UPDATE: South Carolina Medicare beneficiaries should begin to receive new cards in June, 2018. Read the release from SC Department of Health and Human Services. Starting April 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin mailing new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare. Instead of a Social Security Number, the new card will have a Medicare Number that’s unique to each person with Medicare. The new card will help protect identities and keep personal information more …

— Join our online Q&A sessions for tools for keeping your 2018 healthy resolutions all year What are your healthy goals for 2018? Do you want to eat healthier? Do you want a new fitness plan? Do you want to focus on better sleep? No matter what your healthy goals are—or whether you’ve even set them yet—you can learn about how to get on track and stay on track. Join our live, two-part Q&A sessions: Staying Healthy in 2018: How to …

— 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. …

— 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 …

— By Holly Fisher Rep. Shannon Erickson’s great-grandfather was one of those doctors in rural Georgia who traveled the countryside to visit their patients. Sometimes patients paid in cash and sometimes they paid in chickens. Erickson’s mother was a nurse who spent more than 20 years in elder care. Her family history and her understanding of the need for better health care access in South Carolina led Erickson (R-Beaufort) to cosponsor a bill, signed into law in May, revising the Nurse …

— By Holly Fisher Steve and Doris Gleason bought a house in Pawleys Island, with plans to retire in five years. Then, at 52, Steve was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. He had exercised, eaten well and never smoked. “We never saw this coming,” Doris said. Suddenly all their plans were turned upside down. Ninety days after diagnosis, her husband of 25 years was gone. “We had one glorious summer at the beach,” Doris recalled. Steve was a planner, so …

— (This is the fourth in a series of articles about Free Diabetes Self-Management Education classes in SC) Research indicates that sugary drinks are linked to the development of type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends people avoid sugar-sweetened beverages in order to help prevent diabetes. Why? Sugar-sweetened beverages include regular soda, fruit punch, fruit drinks, energy drinks and sports drinks. They are digested quickly and absorbed rapidly into the blood stream. Four ounces of these beverages can raise …

— As a sponsor of the South Carolina State Senior Sports Classic, the AARP state office is encouraging active lifestyles for the 50-plus crowd. More than 30 events for athletes 50 and older will take place May 16-20 on the campus of Francis Marion University in Florence—the only South Carolina site for the National Senior Games Association, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Founded by former Harlem Globetrotter Fulton Hines, the classic is staffed and staged by volunteers, with support from …

— By Holly Fisher For more than a decade, Columbia resident John Manigo has relied on closed-captioning equipment for his telephone. Manigo, 63, who wears hearing aids, said he appreciates being able to read what a caller is saying. He can talk to friends or call businesses without having to ask people to repeat themselves. Plus, if a number comes up on his phone that he doesn’t know, he can return the call using the closed-captioning system. Manigo’s equipment is cour­tesy …