Learn About Long-term Care Options

Posted on 09/22/2014 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

Home & Family If you, a family member, friend or co-worker would like to find out more about long-term care, the costs related to it, how to plan for long-term care needs, what Medicare and Medicaid will cover and how the Long-Term Care Partnership Program can help you, now is your chance. Since September 2007, the State of South Dakota has worked to educate and inform citizens through FREE education sessions open to the public. These sessions provide the information you need today …

Transportation, Medicaid Focus of Regional Meeting on Aging

Posted on 09/5/2014 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

Home & Family The Regional Aging Council (RAC) of Northeast South Dakota hosted a legislator forum on September 4 in Aberdeen.  Eight area state legislators along with seven candidates this Fall attended the event which gave RAC members a great opportunity to interact with their local leaders. AARP South Dakota has been working with RAC in recent years to address transportation challenges for seniors in the 12 county RAC area and was invited to participate the forum.  AARP South Dakota State Director Sarah …

Caregiving Educational Session

Posted on 06/4/2014 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

Home & Family Many of us will one day either need a caregiver, or become one.  But what are your options, and how to you access support and services when you need them?  The best time to find out is well before you need the help. The South Dakota Department of Social Services and SHIINE (Senior Health Information and Insurance Education) are offering a complimentary lunch while you learn how to access support and service options available in your community through the South …

2014 South Dakota Grandparent Essay Contest Winner

Posted on 05/12/2014 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

Home & Family Congrats to the 2014 South Dakota Retired Teachers – AARP Grandparent Essay contest winner, Sam Olson. The 5th grader, from Madison, South Dakota wrote the top essay among 1511 submissions across the state from more than 40 participating schools.   The essays were judged by members of the South Dakota Retired Teachers Association represented by 14 units across the state. Olson received $250 and a recognition plaque for his winning essay about his grandfather, Dick Wire, also of Madison. The award …

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. …