NEW! Medicare Open Enrollment
October 15 to December 7 is when all people with Medicare can change their Medicare health plan and prescription drug coverage for 2015. People with Medicare can call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or visit www.medicare.gov for additional plan information. If a person is satisfied that their current plan will meet their needs for next year, they don't need to do anything. For more information on how the Office on Aging can help, please click here.
NEW! November is National Family Caregivers Month
In South Carolina, we have over 770,000 family caregivers who provide nearly 737 million hours of unpaid care each year, saving our state an estimated $7.4 billion annually. Click here to learn more about the importance of caregiving and respite, here for family caregiver tips, or here to locate local staff in your area who can offer assistance.
NEW! SC Seniors Week 2015 Set for January 8-18, 2015
In partnership with the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, Lieutenant Governor Yancey McGill recently announced the creation of SC Seniors Week at a press conference in Myrtle Beach. The event will take place statewide, and it will be available for all South Carolina senior citizens. For more information, please visit www.scseniorsweek.com.
Healthy Holiday Recipe Ideas
Free, healthy holiday recipes are available on our Nutrition page.
Senior Fraud Alert
The Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging has been alerted to a scam in South Carolina involving lotteries and sweepstake contests that targets senior citizens. If you, or a loved one, ever receive a letter or telephone call announcing that you have won the lottery or a sweepstakes contest -- DO NOT PROVIDE ANY PERSONAL OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION. For more information, go to the Senior Fraud page.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Conference
The event on June 11, 2014 was very well received. The presentations from the event are available now.
Be A Guardian For Your Community (small pdf)
Adult Protective Services, What When and How (small pdf)
Frauds, Scams and Exploitation (medium sized pdf)
The Courts Response to Elder Abuse (large pdf)
Guardianship, Conservatorship and the Probate Court (small pdf)
Low Cost Legal Services for Seniors (large pdf)
Another useful training tool is the Omnibus Adult Protection Act powerpoint slideshow (very large 21MB file).
The Aging Network
If you have any questions about what services are available for seniors in South Carolina or about the aging network, click on the big red phone, find your county and call.
[Click here for archived news and announcements.]
"Aging Gracefully: Preparing for the Road Ahead" coming to the Midlands
The South Carolina Bar, S.C. Medical Association and S.C. Coalition for the Care of the Seriously Ill are holding the inaugural conference, Aging Gracefully: Preparing for the Road Ahead, to address the concerns facing South Carolina’s elderly, their families and their caregivers. The event will take place on Thursday, Aug. 21. For registration and more information see the flyer (small pdf).
Senior P.R.E.P. - On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, the Lieutenant Governor introduced Senior P.R.E.P., a new initiative administered through the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging aimed at planning and resources for emergency preparedness. In coordination with Walgreens, the Office on Aging, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, and other partners, Senior P.R.E.P. highlights various topics of interest, particularly to senior adults, on a rotating monthly basis. Informational handouts and other materials related to the monthly topic will be displayed in over 100 Walgreens locations throughout South Carolina. April’s topic highlighted severe weather and addressed tornados, thunderstorms, and flooding. The launch event was also in conjunction with Walgreens’ monthly Senior Savings Day, a time when seniors are able to receive discounts of up to 15% on almost everything in store.
Changes in Social Security Payments
In 2012, tax data at the South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) was compromised due to a security breach. The State of South Carolina has partnered with CSID to provide eligible South Carolina taxpayers and businesses up to one year of CSID identity protection services for free.
Individual taxpayers, their dependents, and businesses who filed electronic South Carolina tax returns between 1998 and 2012 may be eligible for these services.
Visit www.scidprotection.com or call 855-880-2743 for more information and to enroll now in CSID’s identity protection services. You may also view a fact sheet about CSID's identity protection services (very large 1.8M pdf) or view Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (medium sized 700K pdf).
Drug Take-Back Program
With the help of local law enforcement, Prescription Drug Take-Back Day took place in various locations throughout South Carolina on Saturday, October 26, 2013. These events aim to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means for individuals to dispose of prescription drugs that are no longer needed, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. More information on Prescription Drug Take-Back Day can be accessed by clicking here, and a database of drop off sites in your area can be accessed by clicking here or by calling 1-800-882-9539.
Assistance for SENIORS in Accessing Identity Protection Services:
Learn how to protect yourself or a loved one from senior fraud.
Programs within the Office on Aging
SCAccess - searchable database of services in South Carolina
Medicare and SHIP - health insurance options for the elderly
Ombudsman - for residents of long-term care facilites
BGTIME.org - an online community forum specially designed for senior citizens in South Carolina
Health and Safety - tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle
Family Caregiver Support Program - offering help to caregivers
Alzheimer's Resource Coordination Center - helping individuals affected by Alzheimer's disease
Brochures - Several popular brochures are available for download