— Community is all about feeling connected and what better way to connect with your community than over a cup of coffee?¬† AARP in Rapid City is working to foster those connections and provide a little extra value to our members in the Black Hills.¬† Every Monday from 7- 9 am stop by Black Hills Bagels on Mount Rushmore Road in Rapid City,¬† show your AARP card and we’ll buy your coffee! ¬†You can get it to stay, or go.¬† No …

— AARP South Dakota is encouraging volunteers to help make their communities more attractive places to live, work and play‚ÄĒespecially 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‚Äôt drive? Opportunities to connect with others? These are among the features that make a community livable. Want to get involved in this effort? …

— AARP South Dakota is excited to congratulate our 2017 South Dakota Grandparent Essay Award Winner, Emma Vandenbark, a 5th grader from the Colome Consolidated School District. Emma was recognized at the South Dakota Retired School Personnel (SDRSP) Convention in Deadwood, SD on Wednesday, May 3. Emma‚Äôs winning essay was written about her grandmother, Trena Vandenbark, and the way she inspires those around her to be the best versions of themselves.¬† ‚Äú[Grandma Trena] teaches me that being unique is wonderful and …

— 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 …

— Hundreds of AARP members and guests in the Sioux Falls area are already looking forward to this year‚Äôs Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers on Dec. 17. The concert will feature the popular band, led by brothers Jeremy and Jon Hegg, known for its lush and rhythmic horn-band sound. Expect seasonal classics and some contemporary arrangements. A dessert reception for AARP members and guests will be held before the performance. ‚ÄúIt has really become one of our premier events of …

— AARP South Dakota will sponsor candidate debates and bipartisan issue forums in October to help voters make informed decisions at the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 8. South Dakota Public Broadcasting will air the debates and forums as part of ‚ÄúSouth Dakota Focus,‚ÄĚ a public affairs and news program that runs Thursdays at 8 p.m. Central/7 p.m. Mountain time. Viewers who have questions for the candidates can call in to the show at 800-456-0766. In addition to the presidential election and …