— AARP in Sioux Falls hosted over 230 AARP members and guests at a fun red carpet event last Friday night to celebrate the Oscars and to discuss the importance of Medicare in South Dakota. Volunteers shared great information about why Medicare is important to them, and how turning the program into a voucher system could hurt low-income seniors in our state. More that half of the attendees took action – filing out 129 petitions that have been sent to Congress, urging them to …

— Week 7 of the 2017 South Dakota legislative session was marked by crossover day on Thursday.  Crossover day is the last day for a bill or joint resolution to pass its house of origin. Also on Thursday, AARP South Dakota testified in support of adopting House Bill (HB) 1080, the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (UFADAA).  With AARP South Dakota’s support, HB 1080 has passed through the House of Representatives and has been placed on the Senate Consent …

— Did you know, if you buy something on Amazon.com,* you’re not necessarily buying directly from Amazon.com? Our Fraud Watch Network helpline recently worked with a buyer who was scammed by a third-party seller on Amazon.com. She ultimately got her money back, but she could have saved herself substantial time and efforts had she been armed with the following tips from AARP Fraud Watch Network! What You Should Know:   In addition to selling products from its store, the retail giant …

— Every year, President’s Day weekend brings a break to the chaos of the legislative session, and this year is no different. On Monday, with your support, the South Dakota House of Representatives passed Senate Bill (SB) 61. The bill will now go to Governor Daugaard and await his signature. SB 61 aims to improve the South Dakota Nurse Practice Act and increase South Dakotans access to two different types of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs)—Certified Nurse Practitioners and Certified Nurse …

— In South Dakota, taking care of those we love comes naturally. More than 84,000 South Dakotans are currently serving as family caregivers to their loved ones and studies show that if you aren’t a caregiver now you will either be one or need one someday. This silent army is taking on tasks like bathing and dressing, managing finances and transportation and even performing complicated medical tasks all so their loved ones can remain in their homes and communities – where they want to …

— It’s hard to believe but we’ve already reached the half-way point of the 2017 South Dakota legislative session. With AARP South Dakota’s support, House Bill (HB) 1062 has passed the House and the Senate and heads to Governor Daugaard’s desk for his signature.  HB 1062 provides property and sales tax refunds to low income seniors. Property taxes are the single most burdensome tax for low-income and older homeowners.  Many of our state’s elderly citizens have lived in their homes for generations.  …

— In 20 minutes, you’ll learn what digital skills you need to improve to compete in today’s workforce.     Workers 50+ are reinventing their careers. That’s why we created the AARP Work & Jobs Digital Skills Inventory. This free online tool will help you identify the digital skills you need to find a new job or excel in the one you already have. Try it now. www.aarp.org/skillsinventory You might discover that you know more than you think. Whether you’re fine-tuning your Microsoft …

— With Week 4 in the books, we are nearing the half way mark of the 2017 South Dakota legislative session and AARP South Dakota is busy working on issues important to our 50+ population in South Dakota. This week AARP South Dakota testified in support of adopting House Bill (HB) 1080, the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (UFADAA). Family caregivers often manage their loved one’s money by way of a legal power of attorney, guardianship or by less …

— As part of National Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network and AARP Foundation Tax-Aide are joining forces with federal agencies to highlight the dangers of tax identity theft and recovery steps for victims. How It Works:   Tax identity theft occurs when someone steals your personal information for a fraudulent refund or to earn wages.  It can involve: Filing a tax return using another person’s Social Security number Claiming someone else’s children as dependents Claiming a tax …

— Making Your Mess Your Message Featuring Dan Gasby with Sherri Snelling February 27, 2017 Special Evening Time 6 p.m. CT/5 p.m. MT Register for our webinar and you could win a copy of the inspiring book “Before I Forget:  Love, Hope, Help & Acceptance in our Fight against Alzheimer’s” by B. Smith and Dan Gasby.* The reality of becoming a family caregiver seen through the eye’s of B. Smith’s husband Lifestyle guru B. Smith and Dan Gasby had it all. They were partners …