Our elderly loved ones deserve to age with dignity, cared for with compassion and kindness. But nursing home abuse is all too common. In fact, according to the National Council on Aging, one in 10 Americans over age 60 have experienced some form of elder abuse.
Summer is a busy time for many South Carolinians, with families shunning schedules to enjoy spontaneous fun. Whether they’re dashing through sprinklers or driving to the beach, folks are on the move. Emergency rooms experience the same boost in activity, coinciding with the increase in time spent outdoors.
The scent of fresh cut grass and backyard barbecues. The delighted shrieks of kids playing in the sprinkler. The long days and balmy nights that define summer in the South. While we wouldn’t trade this sun-soaked season for anything, Berkeley County families must keep in mind that summer brings some risks. In fact, hospitals nationwide report a 15% to 27% increase in emergency room visits over the summer months.
Picture this: A man walks into a bar. No, this isn’t the start of a joke. In fact, there’s nothing funny about this story’s end. Fast forward a few hours. The patron, now stumbling and sloppy, leaves the bar, clutching his keys. He gets behind the wheel and attempts to drive home. In the best case scenario, blue lights are flashing before the driver exits the parking lot.
Whether you’re fighting traffic or struggling to find a space at the grocery store, you’ve likely experienced some frustration behind the wheel. Most of us have complained about our city’s drivers at one time or another, and as it turns out, while they’re not the worst, South Carolina drivers are pretty close.