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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

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.

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

South Carolina Senior Citizens' Handbook - 2012 Edition
A guide to laws and programs affecting senior citizens (published by the South Carolina Bar Association)  *** 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.

Nutrition Spotlight

This month’s focus is on safety and prevention during the holidays.

Keep your loved ones safe with the Holiday Food Safety Success Kit for holiday menus, recipes, food safety tips, and even activities for children.

 The kitchen is the heart of the home, and cooking is a leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries.  Adults over the age of 65 are at significantly higher risk of dying from a cooking-related fire.  Please read and share these important Cooking and Kitchen Safety Tips.

 Prevention is also a key benefit of a healthy diet.  A few smart substitutions can make for a delicious and healthy holiday meal that makes you feel energized, instead of a high-calorie holiday meal that leaves you feeling sluggish.  Several tips to help you eat smart this season are:

1.)  Survey the meal offerings before filling your plate.  Then, start with vegetable dishes.

2.)  Use a plate of a smaller size.

3.)  Take small portions of refined carbohydrate foods, salty foods, and/or fatty foods.

4.)  Click here for a list of health recipe substitutions for Southern style cooking.

5.)  Ten more Healthy Holiday Tips can be found here, courtesy of


Another strategy towards a healthy holiday is to focus on fun and family.  Test your knowledge with this fun Sweet Potato Quiz or try a Holiday Word Search!

Featured recipes this month are a delicious addition to any holiday celebration; these recipes will help keep you healthy, and they are also economical.

Flavorful Green Beans are deliciously seasoned with health-promoting garlic and onions. 

Harvest Rice features brown rice, carrots, and raisins for a tasty and attractive side dish. 

Fudgy Black Bean Brownies are delicious, and no one will know black beans are the star of the dish. This recipe is also gluten free.

Resources for You

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).

Protect Your Identity!

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 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 about CSID theft protection services (very large 1.8M pdf) or click here for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (medium sized 700K pdf).

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