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Celebrating 65 Plus


Caregiver in Charleston SC

Some people hit their 65th birthday and cringe. Others celebrate. For those that aren’t sure what good can come out of the senior years, here are just a few reminders. Caregiver-in-Charleston-SC

Senior Park Pass

If you are 62 years or older, a United States citizen, and a permanent resident, for a mere $10 you can obtain a senior pass—good for as long as you decide to keep it. It is good for entrance fees at over 2000 federal recreation sites including National Parks and Fish and Wildlife sites. There are 59 National Parks in the United States in some of the most beautiful places America has to offer. Many state parks also offer discounted entrance fees for seniors.


Have you always thought about getting that college degree but never had the time? Are there courses you’re interested in attending—in music, art, performing arts, math, science or English?  If going to college has been a dream you’ve aspired to, but just kept putting off for a multiitude of reasons, now’s the time. More than 20 U.S. states offer tuition waivers or discounts for seniors.


There are numerous transportation options available for seniors at discounted to complimentary rates. These include community transportation companies that staff volunteer drivers for seniors. The public transportation system also has discounts for the 65 and over crowd.


There are several options available to seniors that can help decrease their food costs. Meals on Wheels offers discounted or free meals depending on your financial concerns. These meals are delivered to the door by volunteer drivers. The Commodity Supplemental Food Program also delivers food free of charge to seniors. Many restaurant franchises offer significant discounts for seniors. These vary from state to state and need to be verified at each individual location. To name a few of such restaurants: Applebee’s, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Denny’s and Outback Steakhouse. Even some grocery store chains such as Albertson’s and Fred Meyer’s offer discounts for seniors on certain days of the week.


For those seniors that need to save a little money when it comes to housing, there is low cost to totally supplemented housing options available. There are affordable communities throughout the United States geared for seniors as well as HUD subsidized housing.


Major theme parks and movie theatres often offer discounts to those 65 and over. AARP membership comes with special discounts. Many communities will offer tickets to seniors for special events in the performing arts, museums, and local attractions free of charge or available at a steep discount.

Schedule in the Fun

With all this fun to be had, when can you, as a family caregiver, fit it in? If you find it hard sneaking away for an afternoon of frolicking, consider obtaining the services of a home care provider. They can provide both transportation and companionship for seniors looking to keep active and explore a part of their community.


If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring caregiver services in Charleston, SC, contact Heart of the Carolinas Home Care at 864-991-3116.  Providing Home Care Services in Greenville, Simpsonville, Greer, Anderson, Spartanburg, Mauldin, Seneca, Laurens, Charleston, Columbia and the surrounding areas.


Edward Harrison

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