— 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!

— When disaster hits, AARP and AARP Foundation are there. They met the goal of $500,000 in matching donations to help victims of Hurricane Florence, ensuring that $1 million will go to relief and recovery efforts. AARP South Carolina announced that four Palmetto State organizations are getting assistance, including Home Works of America, a faith-based group that provides home-repair services to low-income residents. Home Works is looking for volunteers to help with ongoing recovery and rebuilding in the Pee Dee area. …

— Open enrollment in health insurance marketplaces continues until Dec. 15. AARP South Carolina reminds residents that Palmetto Project, an independent nonprofit, is a great source of information on health care options and choices. The state’s uninsured rate has dropped consistently, from 16 percent in 2013 to 9 percent in 2016, according to the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation. Palmetto Project has championed consumers’ right to free access to fair, accurate information about health insurance coverage choices in the federal Health Insurance …

— AARP South Carolina volunteer State President Emma Myers is seeking to address the very serious issue of senior falls with her project called “This Little Light of Mine.” Senior falls are the most common trauma seen at Palmetto Health Richland Emergency Room in Columbia and are likely the most common traumas in emergency rooms around the state. In-fact every 11 seconds a senior is treated in an emergency department for a fall. Every 19 minutes one of those adults dies …

— I’m going to let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine… We all have a light within us, and we should let it shine. That’s exactly what AARP South Carolina volunteer state president Emma Myers decided to do when she launched her “This Little Light of Mine” project earlier this fall. The project seeks to use first responders and volunteers to replace older light bulbs in senior homes with new and free energy efficient LED light …

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— DUE TO FLOODING AND OTHER CONCERNS, STAND DOWN HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 AT THE SAME LOCATION AND TIME. ANY OTHER UPDATES WILL SHARED HERE ON ON THE MBSD FACEBOOK PAGE. About 1 in 10 South Carolina adults are veterans, and many are in need. That’s why the AARP state office is cosponsoring the Myrtle Beach Veterans Stand Down on Friday, Sept. 21. The daylong event at the U.S. Army Reserve Center aims to help homeless and at-risk …

— South Carolinians go to the polls this month to vote in primary elections for governor, lieutenant governor and other statewide offices. Do you know where the gubernatorial hopefuls stand on issues important to people 50 and older? AARP South Carolina hosted a forum in February attended by six of the eight candidates for governor. Questions included how to help more workers in the state save for retirement, how to keep utilities affordable and how to help more people age at …

— By Holly Fisher When the “Picturing Nam” exhibit comes to Greenville in June, Hank Povinelli, 70, will scan the photos for his own young face. He was a U.S. Army staff sergeant in the 1st Aviation Brigade, stationed in Vietnam in 1969. He was just 21 when he returned home. Povinelli recalled how he and his fellow Vietnam veterans kept quiet about their time at war, silently burying that part of their military service. “No one wanted to talk to …

— It’s time for spring cleaning, and that includes getting rid of old bank statements and other financial documents. But don’t just throw them out. Shred instead. Otherwise, identity thieves can use the information to steal your savings. AARP South Carolina and the Better Business Bureau are cosponsoring three free shredding events this month, each from 9 a.m. to noon. The first is Friday, April 20, at Simpsonville City Park, Simpsonville. The other two are Saturday, April 21, at Anderson Mall …

— It’s been 55 years since Martin Luther King Jr. gave his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, changing the course of civil rights in America. AARP South Carolina invites members to celebrate the MLK holiday weekend, Jan. 12-15, in Myrtle Beach. AARP is a key sponsor of the celebration, which includes a 5K Freedom Run, film festival, ecumenical service, talent show and parade. Saturday morning will feature a job fair and workshops on contract possibilities for small businesses and the …

— Food, rides, competitions and music. What could make the South Carolina State Fair even better? Senior Day at the Fair, on Wednesday, Oct. 18. AARP South Carolina will host a pavilion that day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring entertainment, resources and a preview of a new website for the state Office on Aging. The fair runs Oct. 11-22 at 1200 Rosewood Drive in Columbia. Admission is $10 a day, $7 for people 55 and older, free for active …