John Yancey McGill
Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
NEW! 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 at a press conference in Myrtle Beach. 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.
NEW! November is National Family Caregivers Month
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.
The weather is cooler, and we're all starting to think about comfort foods. Soup is a top comfort food and soup is an excellent food to aid hydration, help with weight control, and even reduce stress. Constant stress takes an enormous toll on the body. When you are stressed for long periods of time, you have higher levels of the hormone cortisol in your bloodstream, which puts you at a greater risk for heart disease, sleep problems, digestive problems, and depression. So please read on to see some tips using diet that to help control stress. Of course, there are healthy recipes too!
Many time when we are stressed we turn to food and overeat, which makes us feel worse. Click here to learn non-food tips to relieve stress (small pdf). To learn information on which types of foods to eat and which types of food to avoid to manage stress click here for How to eat right to reduce stress (small pdf).
Games and puzzles can help reduce stress. This month we have a nutrition crossword puzzle (small pdf) and a fun little quiz on health (small pdf).
This month's recipes are from the National Cancer Institute. To view the entire book click here: Down Home Healthy Cooking.
Minestrone Soup (small pdf) is an Italian classic that is full of vegetables to give us the nutrients we need to boost our immune system, which helps fight stress and fatigue. Enjoy this Summer and Winter Crisp (small pdf) for dessert. Add a lightly dressed leafy salad and some whole grain bread for a soothing, fall meal.
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 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 about CSID theft protection services (very large 1.8M pdf) or click here for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (medium sized 700K pdf).
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.