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SPECIAL NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT


Changes in Social Security Payments
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Some healthy holiday recipes are available on our Nutrition page.

New! On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell will introduce 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.  The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Walgreens’ Devine Street store, which is located at 4467 Devine Street.  In coordination with Walgreens, the Office on Aging, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, and other partners, Senior P.R.E.P. will highlight 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 will highlight severe weather and address tornados, thunderstorms, and flooding.  The public is invited to attend Tuesday’s launch event at Walgreens, and sample emergency kits will be available to the first 300 attendees to help jump-start their collection of emergency supplies.  The launch event is 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.

New! This years Geriatric Loan Forgiveness application period is open through April 30th, 2014.  For more information, go to the Geriatric Loan Forgiveness Program page.

New! Please support aging programs by contributing to the ElderCare Trust Fund this tax season by checking the ElderCare Trust Fund box on your state tax form.  For more information, see the ElderCare Trust Fund page at Checkoff SC.

New! The Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging, Alzheimer’s Resource Coordination Center, is pleased to announce a solicitation for Alzheimer’s services program grants for the grant year beginning July 1, 2014.

 

Identity Protection
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 click here to access a fact sheet (very large 1.8M pdf) or click here for 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:

Find out more about the -> "Face of Aging" Tour <-

PIP Update
NEW! PIP Funding Cycle – The revised Permanent Improvement Project (PIP) application for 2014 is available now. Applications will be taken during February.  The LGOA review team will start making site visits to evaluate proposals in March.  Any inquiries regarding PIP should be made to Gerry Dickinson at gdickinson@aging.sc.gov.

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