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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 2017. 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.

June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month
The month of June focuses on Alzheimer's Disease and brings special attention to those individuals and caregivers who are living life with Alzheimer's.  For additional resources and local events promoting awareness of the cause, please visit
http://www.alz.org/sc/.

Hot Weather Tips
Temperatures across the state have increased, and many areas are experiencing very hot conditions.  Please click here
to learn how to protect yourself from the heat and keep cool during the summer months.

2017-2021 State Plan on Aging
The Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging (LGOA) will be holding hearings to solicit comments regarding South Carolina's 2017-2021 State Plan on Aging.  For more information regarding the hearings, please click here.

Senior P.R.E.P. focuses on Hurricane Awareness in June
Senior P.R.E.P. is a program designed to raise awareness of the importance of individual emergency preparedness for South Carolina’s senior population.  The beginning of June marks the start of hurricane season; for more information, please click here.

ARCC Grant Application Information
The Alzheimer’s Resource Coordination Center (ARCC) within the Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging is pleased to announce a solicitation for Alzheimer’s services program grants for the grant year beginning July 1, 2016.  The ARCC is requesting grant applications for respite care services as well as educational interventions for persons with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD), their families, and caregivers.  For more information, please click here

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.

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)

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.

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

Medicare and Medicaid Recognize 50th Anniversary
This summer will mark the 50th anniversary of the enactment of Amendments to the Social Security Act that established the Medicare and Medicaid programs.  Please click here to read more.

Upcoming Senior P.R.E.P. Event
Senior P.R.E.P., a program designed to provide emergency preparedness information to seniors, will hold an outreach event in Sumter, S.C. on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, in partnership with Walgreens and the Santee-Lynches Aging and Disability Resource Center.  To download a flyer for the event, please click here.

Hot Weather Tips
Temperatures across the state have increased, and many areas are experiencing very hot conditions.  Please click here to learn how to protect yourself from the heat and keep cool during the summer months.

Senior P.R.E.P. focuses on Pet Safety in May
Senior P.R.E.P. is a program designed to raise awareness of the importance of individual emergency preparedness for South Carolina’s senior population.  For more information on May's focus, which is Pet Safety, please click here.

Register for S.C. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Conference
The S.C. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Conference will take place on June 16, 2015 at Brookland Baptist Banquet and Conference Center in Columbia.  Elder abuse is an under-recognized problem with devastating and even life-threatening consequences.  Each year, hundreds of thousands of older persons are abused, neglected, and exploited.  Click here to register for the conference and learn more about elder abuse.

ElderCare Trust Fund
The ElderCare Trust Fund supports small community-based programs throughout South Carolina that help seniors stay in their communities.  Join us and help seniors stay in their homes by completing Form I-330 and checking Line 28 of your 2014 South Carolina Income Tax Return.  Remember:  "It's not too late to check Line 28!"

ARCC Grant Application Deadline is April 10
As a reminder, our Alzheimer's Resource Coordination Center (ARCC) currently has a solicitation for Alzheimer's services program grants for the grant year beginning July 1, 2015.  The ARCC is requesting grant applications for respite care services as well as educational interventions for persons with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD), their families, and caregivers.  For more information, please click
here.

Senior P.R.E.P. Spring Kickoff is set for April 7
Senior P.R.E.P., a program administered through the Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging, will host its Spring Kickoff on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, to highlight the importance of emergency preparedness for seniors.  Tuesday's Senior P.R.E.P. Spring Kickoff is open to the public, and free t-shirts and emergency starter kits will be available to the first 150 seniors in attendance.  Tables set up within the store will feature informative materials from each participating partner.  Click here for our Media Advisory or here for more information on Senior P.R.E.P.

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.

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 www.scseniorsweek.com.

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.

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.

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 on the home page, find your county and call.

"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

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 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW!  Hot Weather Tips
Temperatures across the state have increased, and many areas are experiencing very hot conditions.  Please click here to visit the Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging webpage for more information on how seniors can protect themselves from the heat by keeping cool during the summer months.

Nutrition Spotlight
Summertime is fresh fruit and vegetable time in South Carolina, and nothing could be finer.  Scientific evidence continues to prove that eating plenty of vegetables and fruits daily helps prevent or slow the progress of chronic diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.  This month, we will look at the dangers of high blood pressure and the advantages of the DASH eating plan.  Click here to visit the Nutrition Page of the Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging site to learn more.

South Carolina Farmer's Markets
Farmer’s Markets throughout South Carolina are excellent resources for purchasing fresh, locally grown foods across our state.  Click here to find a location near you.

Senior Citizens' Handbook
This resource, published by the South Carolina Bar Association, is a guide to laws and programs affecting senior citizens.  Click here to view the book in its entirety.
*** If you received a copy of the 2012 South Carolina Senior Citizens' Handbook before November 2, 2012, please be advised that Page 84 has been revised.  Please click here to see the updated page.

Resources for Caregivers
If you are a caregiver for someone who has developed Alzheimer’s disease, the following tip sheet provides information on how to encourage eating and make mealtimes a pleasant event (small pdf).

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