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Senior Shield Strengthens to Boost Business Community and Senior Citizens

December 11, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Frank Adams

Lt. Governor’s Office

803-622-5412

Senior Shield Strengthens to Boost Business Community and Senior Citizens

Board of Directors, First Sponsor, New Member Companies and Lower Membership Fee for Businesses Announced

December 10, 2008. COLUMBIA, SC – Lt. Governor André Bauer announced progress in Senior Shield leadership, corporate benevolence and the value for legitimate businesses. “Senior Shield is a non-profit corporation created as a result of the passage of the General Assembly Concurrent Resolution H.5025 which urged the coordination of government and private resources to protect senior citizens,” stated Lt. Governor Bauer. “Only a united community can help stop scams against seniors and leading this effort will be a distinguished Board of Directors to oversee that the program meets its mission to protect seniors from fraud and exploitation.”

Senior Shield Board Appointments

Individuals named to the board have served seniors or their communities in varying capacities in South Carolina. Norma Curtis of McCormick currently serves as chair of the South Carolina Aging Advisory Council. A recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, she also served as a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging and on Lt. Governor Andre Bauer’s Commission for Aging Review and Evaluation. Tom Lain of Lexington is a retired educator from Lexington School District 5, having taught economics at Irmo High School.  He had previously been an assistant vice president at South Carolina National Bank.  He served as a major in the US Army, and is a Clemson University graduate who did post graduate work at the University of South Carolina. Ursula Lain of Lexington is a native of Berlin, Germany, and graduated in business management from the University of Berlin. She was an interpreter for the US Army, and was a successful construction industry consultant. Bob Leach of Greer is a former member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.  The graduate of Columbia College in Columbia, Mo., previously served as chairman of the Greenville County Council. John Leonhardt Sr. of Columbia has been a citizen policeman since 2001 for the City of Columbia.  He donated the first typewriter ever made in South Carolina, a Smith Corona Marchant model manufactured in Orangeburg, to the late Gov. Robert McNair. He is a pilot, and is semi-retired from the office machine sales business.

First Sponsor

Lt. Governor Bauer also explained sponsors are being secured to provide funding for a broad-based education and awareness campaign alerting seniors and their families of the growing trend in crimes committed against seniors.  Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System with over 5200 employees, serving the upstate of South Carolina, was saluted as Senior Shield’s first sponsor.

Spartanburg Regional is one of South Carolina’s largest, comprehensive healthcare systems, and has been recognized nationally for excellence in care and technology. Anchored by Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, a state of the art teaching and research facility, the not-for-profit system includes three hospitals, a physician network, a hospice home and outpatient care.

New Member Companies

“Senior Shield is valuable to senior citizens because they can find trustworthy businesses to help them,” said Lt. Governor Bauer. “The first group to “earn their Senior Shield” include the Pilot Club of Columbia, providing installation of Philips Lifeline personal emergency response units; Home Instead Senior Care of Columbia, providing home care and elderly companion services; Bath Fitters of Duncan, providing one-day bathroom remodeling services; and Cornerstone Surveying and Engineering, Inc. of Summerville, providing land surveyor services.”

Business Benefits and Membership Fees

Senior Shield members will be listed in the Senior Shield directory of trusted businesses available online (www.scseniorshield.com) and through the toll free phone (1-877-723-3771) and will benefit from the increased marketing presence of the Senior Shield brand. Member businesses will receive leads and referrals direct from seniors. “These businesses recognize in these tough economic times, it is important to stand out from your competitors,” said Mark Hansan, President and CEO of Silver Nation, LLC, the parent company of SeniorCheckedsm, the 21st century technology behind Senior Shield. “Companies who join Senior Shield recognize it is a sales-generating program. Senior citizens are the fastest-growing segment of the population and they prefer to work with companies they can trust.”

In light of the current economic situation, membership fees have been lowered to encourage businesses to participate. “At a membership fee of $15 per month, Senior Shield allows businesses to be found for a fraction of the cost of other marketing efforts,” said Hansan.

“South Carolina’s senior citizens deserve a program with stringent oversight, trustworthy businesses and strong community partnerships,” said Lt. Governor Bauer. “We are proud to be moving in the right direction and encourage others to join us.”

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Business membership recruitment is underway by logging on to the Senior Shield web site (www.scseniorshield.com) or calling 1-877-723-3771.

About Senior Shield, Inc.

Senior Shield, Inc. is a South Carolina registered non-profit organization created as a result of General Assembly Concurrent Resolution H.5025 and is awaiting its not-for-profit designation under the IRS code 501 (c) (3).

About SeniorCheckedSM and Silver Nation, LLC

SeniorChecked is a Silver Nation product. Silver Nation, LLC is dedicated to developing technology solutions to serve and protect our nation’s senior citizens and assist them in living independently, safely and without fear. A privately held company that believes “silver” is the new “green,” Silver Nation is based in Bethesda, Maryland.

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