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— Hail, wind, fire and tornadoes can make the summer months a dangerous time to live in South Dakota. Unfortunately for many of us, when it comes to natural disasters it may not be a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’. Before a storm, we recommend you visit Ready.gov for resources that can help you prepare your family, home and community for a possible emergency. AARP Live on RFD-TV also hosts two live call-in shows per year on the topic of disaster preparedness. …

— It’s home improvement season, and to help members age in place, AARP South Dakota is offering information on how to make a home safe and comfortable at any age. Go to aarp.org/homefit to download an AARP HomeFit guide. To request a free packet of materials to be mailed to you or a loved one, email sdaarp@aarp.org or call 866-542-8172 toll-free.

— With spring just around the corner, home improvement season is upon us! Studies have found that nearly 90% of the people over the age of 65 want to remain in their homes and communities as they age and AARP wants to help make this dream a reality for more South Dakotans! Our HomeFit resources help you redesign your living space around your current needs and abilities. We have organizational tips and tricks as well as small projects that can help …

— AARP South Dakota is excited to announce a local winner of the AARP Community Challenge, which aims to create change at the community-level. The winning project comes from NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources in Rapid City, SD.  The project was one of 89 grants funded nationally through the AARP Community Challenge grant competition and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017. “South Dakota is full of vibrant neighborhoods and communities,” said AARP South Dakota State Director, Erik Gaikowski. “AARP …

— AARP South Dakota is encouraging volunteers to help make their communities more attractive places to live, work and play—especially in rural areas. Most people want to remain in their homes as they age, but their ability to do so depends in part on the community. Does it have sidewalks and safe crosswalks? Transportation for those who don’t drive? Opportunities to connect with others? These are among the features that make a community livable. Want to get involved in this effort? …