Keeping an eye out for scams in South Dakota

Posted on 08/22/2014 by | South Dakota | Comments

Advocacy   As you know this year we have made a commitment here in South Dakota to keep you all posted of scams affecting our community not only from a National perspective, but also right here in our home state. Recently we have received reports from Pierre and Sioux Falls that scammers are calling people offering a free medical alert device and mentioning AARP. If you receive this phone call, please know it is a scam, and the best thing to …

Election Season is here (almost)!

Posted on 08/14/2014 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

Advocacy As we enter mid-August and with Dakotafest, the South Dakota State Fair and Labor Day quickly approaching; we are officially entering election season. Next month, AARP will launch its 2014 Voters Guide with some information and background about South Dakota’s statewide candidates. In the meantime, here’s a list of the South Dakota candidates for U.S. Senate, U.S. House and Governor: U.S. Senate Gordon Howie – IND Larry Pressler – IND Mike Rounds – REP Rick Weiland – DEM U.S. House …

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 …