— 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 …

—  Mrs. Scott came to our attention when two of our volunteers were sent to evaluate her home by the Winyah Bay Long Term Recovery Group related to the October 2015 floods which affected a large portion of Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties. Along with the case manager from Hearts and Hands, Chris Gardner, Habitat for Humanity Georgetown’s construction supervisor and Lori Hardman, a volunteer, called upon Mrs. Geraldine Scott, an 85 year old widow whose home was impacted by that storm. …

—  The brain requires nutrients/food that keeps it functioning. Some of the foods that supply the brain with functional nutrients/foods are as follows: 1. Wholegrain: the brain needs energy in order to concentrate and focus, this comes from an adequate supply of energy (sources -wholegrain cereals, bread, rice, and pasta). 2. Fish—oily: the brain needs fat—the most effective omega-3 fats occur naturally in oily fish. Good plant sources include linseed (flaxseed), soybeans, pumpkin seeds and walnuts, those fats are important for …

— Did you know South Carolina ranks third lowest in the nation for food security for individuals age 60 and older? Hunger is a condition that is invisible to the naked eye. Many people underestimate the day-to-day struggles of those who are age 65-plus. With the average Social Security check just over $1200 per month, it is hard for many seniors to deal with their monthly expenses and pay for nutritional food. Fortunately the SC Department of Social Services has five …