— 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!

— By Linda H. Lamb Gov. Henry D. McMaster and state Rep. James E. Smith Jr., both born in Columbia but 20 years apart, took different paths to the Nov. 6 governor’s race. Republican McMaster, 71, a lawyer, served as attorney general and, as lieutenant governor, head of the state Office on Aging. Democrat Smith, 51, a lawyer and state representative, served in the military and was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. While the legislature is the dominant …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— Today, AARP South Carolina cancelled its previously announced 5th congressional district candidate forum set for Monday, June 12, 2017 at Winthrop University. The live event was to be broadcast live on WRHI radio. Unfortunately, AARP was informed by Ralph Norman’s campaign that he was unable to make the event. According to AARP’s previously-established qualification criteria, only one remaining candidate, Archie Parnell, was eligible for participation. Rather than host a single-candidate forum in contravention of its non-partisan approach to voter education, …

— 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 …

— By Holly Fisher South Carolina’s low income levels and high rate of food insecurity among older residents have made Social Security and Medicare important issues this election year. AARP South Carolina is urging members to ask presidential and congressional candidates about their views on Social Security and how to maintain it in the future. It’s a key issue in a state that ranks 43rd for median household income, forcing residents to stretch their limited resources to pay for food, housing …

— Want to be part of your state’s democratic process?  Become a poll manager!  It’s a great way to give back to your community and perform a civic duty.  As a poll manager, you can help make sure the state’s elections remain secure, accessible, and accurate for all voters.   It is also a great way to earn a little money while engaging in the democratic process. If you would like to apply to be part of the team of citizens who …

— By Holly Fisher In his new role as South Carolina’s lieutenant governor, Henry McMaster has two duties. One is to preside over the state Senate; the other is to oversee the Office on Aging, which works with a network of local and regional organizations to improve the quality of life for the state’s older population. It’s no small task. In 2013, those 65 and older made up more than 15 percent of the state’s population. According to the U.S. Census …