Sioux Falls Transit Task Force Report

Posted on 07/30/2014 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

Advocacy Over the last year, AARP South Dakota State Director, Sarah Jennings, has served on the Sioux Falls Transit Task Force (the Task Force).  The Task Force was put together by city leaders to address transportation challenges in the growing city.  The goals of the Task Force are to reduce paratransit costs, increase fixed-route services, foster a community-based collaboration for funding a coordinated non-profit transportation effort, develop a transit travel training program and provide a long-term financial status report to the …

2014 Long Term Care Scorecard

Posted on 06/30/2014 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

Advocacy In June, AARP released a state-by-state Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard.  This is a follow-up to the initial scorecard AARP release in 2011.  South Dakota’s ranking was slightly higher than the previous scorecard and does a good job of details our state’s strengths and challenges.  Not surprisingly, South Dakota ranks very high in Quality of Life and Quality of Care.  Specifically, the percent of adults with disabilities in the community are satisfied or very satisfied with life.  South Dakota’s rate of employment …

AARP SD working on transportation issues

Posted on 04/8/2014 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

Advocacy AARP South Dakota is continuing to work on transportation issues for seniors in Sioux Falls and all of South Dakota. AARP South Dakota continues to serve on the Sioux Falls Transit Task Force.  As this year long work group nears the end of its work, there has been a lot of progress made on education programs regarding Fixed-Route Service in Sioux Falls, reducing the reliance on paratransit ridership and improving coordination among non-profits in Sioux Falls that offer transportation services. …

AARP SD 2014 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

Posted on 03/18/2014 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

Advocacy AARP South Dakota Legislative Wrap-Up 2014 South Dakota Legislative Session The main run of the 2014 South Dakota Legislative Session has ended and here are some of the issues AARP South Dakota worked on during the session that impacts the 50+ population in South Dakota. Consumer Protection AARP SD supported consumer protection bills brought by the SD Division of Insurance and SD Attorney General.  The Attorney General (AG) provisions addressed consumer protection laws that had not been updated since their …

Make Our Community Stronger

Posted on 03/12/2014 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

Advocacy Shape our city – Your views can help make Sioux Falls even stronger.  There are a number of ways you can have a say in the future of our community including being an informed voter on the upcoming mayoral, city council and school board elections as well as several ballot questions.  You can attend forums and work groups to share your vision for planning the cities future.  Or, you can make our community better by chipping in, and lending a …

AARP South Dakota Week 8 Legislative Update

Posted on 03/7/2014 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

Advocacy The 2014 South Dakota legislative session is winding down but there are still a number of issues AARP South Dakota is working on for you. Consumer protection legislation continues make its way through this legislative session.  With AARP South Dakota’s support, House Bill (HB) 1054 has passed the Senate and the House of Representatives and is on its way to Governor Daugaard for his signature.  HB 1054 is part of a series of bills to come from the South Dakota …