REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER THE LOWCOUNTRY YOUR RETIREMENT HOME

More than 10,000 people reach retirement age each day in the U.S. and that number is only expected to grow over the next two decades. But not all retirements are created equal.

The South Carolina Lowcountry has become one of the leading retirement destinations not just for its beauty, but because the region fosters an evolved view of senior life – a next chapter filled with new adventures and opportunity that makes many of the “junior” residents envious of the lifestyle.

ISLAND GIRL • QUIET STORM • COCOON •  J. COSTELLO GALLERY

PHOTOS BY GUIDO FLUECK | MAKEUP BY HEATHER EDGE

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSETS ALWAYS A PRIORITY AS SOUTHERN BEAUFORT COUNTY GROWS

Newcomers often sense the difference when they visit southern Beaufort County for the first time. The development ambience of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton has a different feel from other places. Most can’t put their finger on the difference, but they know it’s real. 

The land itself is similar to other locations along the Carolinas and Georgia coast, but there is something special here. 

USCB STUDENT FROM HILTON HEAD JOINS SHARK RESEARCH TEAM

Could bacteria on the skin of sharks be a source of new antibiotics for humans? The answer to this and many other questions may come from research conducted by scientists affiliated with OCEARCH, including the University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Dr. Kim Ritchie and her student assistant, Lincoln Fuller of Hilton Head Island.

VILJAC SPEARHEADS BLUFFTON’S FARMERS MARKET

Kim Viljac’s love of community and talent for connection lends perfectly to her position as executive director of the Farmers Market of Bluffton.

Viljac lived for a time in the south of France which helped foster her lifelong affinity for great food and outdoor activities.

“I spent a lot of time at open air markets with all the beautiful colors, fragrant aromas, and friendly people,” she said. “I guess that’s where it all started.”

CLASSIC CAR OWNERS ARE AMBASSADORS FOR BELOVED HOBBY

Automobiles are the backbone of life in the United States. Outside of a few large cities, they are needed for our everyday lives. For some they are a utility, just transportation. But others become attached in an emotional way, they become enthusiasts.

Their cars are a part of their lives. They treat them like family. They join clubs of like-minded people. But some further evolve.

There are car guys, then there are car guys.

And then there is O.C. Welch.

Welch, who turns 65 in October, is moving full-speed into a fifth decade of dealing with cars, from teenage years in his father’s auto detailing shop to decades as a true-blue Ford dealer.

ChurchHILTON HEAD CHURCH LIVE STREAMS, HOLDS INDOOR, OUTDOOR SERVICES

Since its founding in 1986, Providence Presbyterian Church’s mission has been to “cause God joy.” 

The Rev. Dr. William Ward, a fourth-generation Presbyterian minister for the past 27 years, said his church has caused God great joy throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  

NO AGE GROUP IS IMMUNE TO DECEPTION

According to the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging, seniors lose an estimated $2.9 billion a year to con artists perpetrating scams.

But older Americans aren't the only ones susceptible to scams. The percentage of millennials who are victims of scams is nearly double that of seniors. The Federal Trade Commission reported in 2018 that 40% of millennials surveyed ages 20-29 said they had lost money to fraud, as opposed to only 18% of seniors over the age of 69.