— 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 …

— (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 …

—   One of the challenges Myrtle Beach faces as a tourist destination that swells from a permanent population of 30,000 to over 450,000 during the summer months is the need to accommodate multi-modal users. The City of Myrtle Beach has been busy at work for the past four years addressing pedestrian and bicycling issues in the city. In 2013 the Planning Commission appointed a Bicycle and Pedestrian Subcommittee to begin creating objectives to be included in a bicycle and pedestrian …

— 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 …

— As the U.S. population ages and people stay healthy and active longer, communities must work to adapt. AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities is a comprehensive approach to helping us prepare for aging communities. The goal of Age Friendly Communities is to increase the number of communities that support healthy aging, which will improve the health, well-being, satisfaction and quality of life for older Americans. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities is an affiliate of the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Cities …

— by Lynn Shuler Teague, VP for Issues and Action, League of Women Voters of South Carolina The League of Women Voters is a national non-partisan organization that grew out of the suffragette movement. The League is known for our work registering and educating voters and our advocacy efforts at every level of government. We include many men among our members and officers and we focus on a wide range of issues that fall under our national mission of “Making Democracy …