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NEW!  Cold Weather Tips
Temperatures across the state have dropped, and many areas are experiencing freezing conditions, especially at night.  Please click here to learn how to protect yourself from cold weather and keep warm during the winter months.

UPDATED!  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.  The event will take place statewide, and it will be available for all South Carolina senior citizens.  For more information, please visit

NEW!  Nutrition Spotlight:  January is National Soup Month
Please click here to visit our Nutrition page, which features new recipes, facts about the nutritional value of soup, and ways to stay hydrated.

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 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.

Month of November Recognized Our State's Family Caregivers
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.

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).


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