NEW! 2015 Flood Recovery Senior Citizen Resource Guide
The 2015 SC Flood Recovery Senior Citizen Resource Guide was created by the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging (LGOA) to enhance public access to information about resources available to South Carolina flood victims. This guide is a compilation of helpful tips and information to assist senior citizens during this time of recovery. The LGOA has printed and distributed a limited number of guides to each of the 9 AAAs/ADRCs serving disaster declared counties. A shareable PDF version of the 2015 SC Flood Recovery Senior Citizen Resource Guide (a very large 31MB pdf file) is available for printing purposes.
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 2016. 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! Healthy Connections Prime Ombudsman Program
Healthy Connections Prime Ombudsman services provided through the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging are available for Healthy Connections Prime members in a Medicare-Medicaid plan. The advocate for the Healthy Connections Prime Program is called the Healthy Connections Prime Ombudsman. Healthy Connections Prime provides the same benefits as Medicare and Healthy Connections Medicaid. Extra benefits that are not usually covered by those programs may be available through the selected Healthy Connections Medicare-Medicaid plan. The additional benefits and services vary by Healthy Connections Medicare-Medicaid plans. Contact the Healthy Connections Prime Ombudsman Program for assistance at 1-844-477-4632 (TTY: 711) Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit www.healthyconnectionsprimeadvocate.com for more information.
Flood Information & Resources
A large portion of our state has recently received record-setting rainfall. It is important that you and your family take time to review information on the dangers of flooding and steps that should be taken before and after to ensure your safety. Please click on the links below for additional resources.
+ General Flood Information (SCEMD)
+ Road Closures (SCDOT)
+ Disaster Recovery Center Locator (FEMA)
+ Clean-Up Health and Safety Tips (SCEMD)
+ Disaster Assistance (National Council on Aging)
+ Disaster Scams (S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs)
NEW! Month of November Recognizes Our State's Family Caregivers
Governor Haley has proclaimed November as "Family Caregiver Month" in South Carolina. In our state alone, 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 or here to locate local staff in your area who can offer assistance. The Governor's Proclamation can be accessed by clicking here.
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Though it may seem that foods containing simple carbohydrates like sugar are everywhere we turn, the key is to eat the right kind of carbohydrate foods to promote good health and avoid spikes in blood sugar, which can leave us feeling drained and tired. For more information, please visit our Nutrition Page by clicking here.
Senior Pet Program
The Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging is working hard to develop a program to support seniors' pets. Please click here to learn more about the initiative - and how you can get involved by becoming one of "Boots' Buddies".
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, visit our Senior Fraud page.
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