— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger South Dakota for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us! To register, click the links below or call 1-844-227-9304.

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— We have had a busy week as we prepare for the President’s Day holiday – and there is still more work to do! House Bill (HB) 1050, which revises certain provisions regarding the use and possession of scanning devices (skimmers), was up for consideration in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.  AARP South Dakota testified in favor of this consumer protection bill.  As you likely know, fraudsters attach scanning devices, or skimmers, to ATM machines and outdoor pumps at gas …

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— We have officially reached the half way point of the 2019 South Dakota legislative session. This week AARP South Dakota testified in support of adopting House Bill (HB) 1099.  HB 1099 allows patients in a treatment facility to designate a caregiver who can receive timely and relevant information regarding the patient’s health.  We applaud Representative Tim Reed and the two parent-caregivers from Brookings, SD who gave compelling testimony in Tuesday morning’s committee hearing.  As you know, AARP South Dakota has …

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— Despite the cold, South Dakota advocates flocked to the Capitol this week to meet with their elected officials and make the priorities of South Dakota’s 50+ known. Clad in their signature red vest, advocates from communities across our state had lunch with many of our State Senators and Representations, as well as Governor Noem, Lt Governor Rhoden and Attorney General Ravnsborg. Photos from the event are attached below. This week, AARP South Dakota sat down with South Dakota’s new Governor, …

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— Many of your state legislators return home after each week in Pierre to reconnect with their communities and to hear from members of their constituency.  AARP SD is one of the many groups who help to facilitate these conversations by sponsoring legislative coffees in cities across the state. We encourage you to take an opportunity to get to know your elected officials and to let your lawmakers know you are watching what happens in Pierre! Often hosted by your local Chamber of Commerce, …

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— The bitter cold hit much of SD, but Pierre is heating up! Despite it being a holiday week, AARP SD was busy taking steps to help expand access to human, health and disaster resources across our state. On Wednesday, AARP South Dakota testified in support of Senate Bill (SB) 8 which expands the ‘2-1-1’ telephone referral system to a statewide resource information system.  This bill is a recommendation from the 2018 Mental Health Services legislative summer study. The 211 Helpline Center …

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— Though, we have just been in Pierre for 8 days so far, we are already nearly 25% done with the 2019 SD legislative session! On Wednesday, AARP South Dakota testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in favor of Senate Bill (SB) 20 which updates certain provisions regarding consumer protection. This bill is being brought by South Dakota’s new Attorney General, Jason Ravnsborg, to address consumer protections regarding door-to-door statutes.  Unfortunately, the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division has been dealing with unscrupulous …

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— A new year means a new legislative session in South Dakota and the Capitol is busy with newly elected officials. AARP SD advocates are in Pierre making sure your new representatives are up-to-date on the issues that matter most to you. On the heels of her inauguration last weekend, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem kicked off the 2019 legislative session with her first State of the State address on Tuesday. She began the address by acknowledging the work of past …

— Lawmakers will consider recommendations from a state task force about how to provide additional support for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. State leaders, including representatives from AARP South Dakota, have been developing proposals for the legislative session that starts Jan. 8. The plan will include ways to improve public awareness, boost access to care, support family caregivers, and bolster training and workforce development. The recommendations will also focus on safety, legal issues and research related to the disease. …

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— South Dakotans age 50-plus will make their voices heard on issues important to them during AARP’s annual day at the capitol. Lawmakers will return to Pierre on Jan. 8 for the new legislative session, and AARP advocates will visit the Statehouse Tuesday, Jan. 29. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet with their legislators one-on-one and explain their views on issues such as livable communities, financial security and support for family caregivers. Those issues are expected to be a central …

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— AARP SD sat down with this year’s candidates for South Dakota Governor to ask about the issues most important to our members and communities including transportation, telehealth, and community services. Watch how they responded below, so you can cast an educated vote this November. Question 1: Protecting the Elderly A recent nationwide study estimated financial loss by victims of elder financial abuse to be at least $2.9 billion. How will you support strengthening laws to protect seniors from abuse and financial …