— 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 …

— We have all heard that the savings rate in U.S. is dismal. In fact, the typical working-age household has only $3,000 in retirement assets and retirement age households have only $12,000. Bringing it closer to home – the National Institute on Retirement Security ranks South Carolina 50th worst in 401k savings. Fortunately, we know one of the best ways to help people save is through the workplace. Research shows that individuals are 15 times more likely to save if their …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— (This is the second in a series of articles about diabetes.) Whether you have prediabetes or diabetes, you can reduce the risk of progression of this chronic disease. Some people believe that prediabetes is not diabetes, but prediabetes indicates that the blood sugar is out of the normal range. Prediabetes is defined as a fasting blood sugar between 100 and 125 or an A1c (average glucose over 60 -90 days) between 5.7% and 6.4%. Diabetes is defined as a fasting …

— By Curtis Loftis, South Carolina Treasurer The holiday season is here and with it comes the age-old question, “What gift do I give my grandkids this year?” The usual sweater, toy or game may quickly be tossed aside or find its way to the back of a closet. I’m State Treasurer Curtis Loftis, here to offer you a better idea: This year, give a gift that will last. Give the gift of education by helping your grandchild on the path …

— AARP South Carolina believes that today, a secure retirement is out of reach for millions of Americans, especially those who work for small businesses. According to the National Institute on Retirement Security, the conservative estimate of the total U.S. retirement savings deficit is $6.8 trillion. Nearly half of workers age fifty and older have less than $25,000 in savings and investments. The average 401(k) account balance in South Carolina is $20,630, ranked 50th in the US. One of the best …

— 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 …

— To recognize his leadership and support of older South Carolinians, caregivers and their families, AARP named Lt. Governor Henry McMaster as a 2015 “Capitol Caregiver.” He joins a bipartisan group of state legislators, lieutenant governors, and governors from 25 states. These elected officials have advanced policies to help family caregivers who are making it possible for older adults to live independently at home—where they want to be. Specifically, Lt. Governor McMaster worked to secure funding for respite care vouchers, additional …

— The Office for the Study of Aging is looking for volunteers to join the South Carolina Vulnerable Adult Guardian ad Litem Program (SCVAGAL). Volunteers act as advocates on behalf of abused, neglected or exploited adults under protective service custody in the South Carolina Family Court System. In 2013, over 2,800 cases of abuse, neglect and exploitation of vulnerable adults were reported in South Carolina. Over 350 of these reports resulted in court proceedings. This is why the SCVAGAL Program needs …