Are YOU An Easy Target for Scammers?

Posted on 03/13/2014 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

Home & Family A new survey by AARP aimed to find out why some people fall victim to scams, while others do not.  The eye opening results show it’s not just what you do online, but your emotional state and life experiences that may make your more vulnerable. The study identifies an online victim profile based on 15 key behaviors and life experiences that increase a person’s vulnerability to online fraud.   The report, “Caught in the Scammer’s Net,” surveyed over 11,000 people nationally …

Social Security Keeps Many Out of Poverty

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family Social Security keeps more than a third (36.5 percent) of South Dakotans age 65 and older out of poverty, according to a new report from the AARP Public Policy Institute. About 8 percent in that age group live in poverty even with Social Security income. About half of state residents 65-plus rely on Social Security for at least 50 percent of their family income, and 1 in 5 relies on Social Security for at least 90 percent of family income. …

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Four Things You Didn’t Learn in Driver’s Ed

Posted on 12/2/2013 by | AARP National | Comments

Home & Family By Julie E. Lee, Vice President and National Director of AARP Driver Safety in the Education & Outreach group Life on the road looks quite a bit different today than it did when most of us older drivers got our driver’s licenses. Formal driver’s education – or “driver’s ed” courses – first became available in the U.S. in the 1930s, and just as the rules of the road, automobiles and roadway infrastructure are constantly changing, so too are the safety …

Helping to Connect Online

Helping to Connect Online

Posted on 12/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family In a project funded by the AARP Foundation, University of South Dakota students are teaching older people in Sioux Falls how to use iPads, apps and social media to stave off loneliness and isolation. The participants are residents of senior living communities run by the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, which coordinates the project. The college-age tutors help learners get comfortable using email, following family members on Facebook, sharing photos, streaming church services and watching videos of their grandchildren. Isolation …

Help for Caregivers

Help for Caregivers

Posted on 10/21/2013 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

Home & Family Most caregivers, whether family or friends, are unpaid, but that’s not to say their contributions aren’t valuable.  In fact, the value of uncompensated care in America tops $450Billion each year. A recent episode of AARP Live ,  a monthly call in program which airs on RFD-TV,  highlighted the important role caregivers play and provided resources and information to support caregivers. The program featured Peter Rosenberger,  president of “Standing with Hope.”  He talked briefly about his involvement in building prosthetic limbs …

I Have Always Believed In Dreams

I Have Always Believed In Dreams

Posted on 09/18/2013 by | AARP MW Region | Comments

Home & Family Watching coverage of the 50th Anniversary  Dr. King’s, “I have a dream speech” brought a flood of memories and reflection.  I was 6 years old when Dr. King gave that speech. I was a long way from DC and a long way from understanding the significance of Dr. King’s speech. In 1963 I think I knew two African Americans and one Hispanic boy in school, my world was pretty homogenized. I did have some grasp of diversity because my folks …