Aging

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Some stories stay with a reporter long after they've aired. A recent story about organ donation from SDPB's Kealey Bultena has her reconsidering how she listens to stories from her grandfather. She wrote about her personal experience growing up with tales from her grandpa's corneal transplants in a post called The Vision To Listen, and she talks with Lori Walsh on In The Moment about how her reporting has changed her personal perspective.

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The deadline looms for seniors who want insurance plans to help cover the cost of prescription drugs. Monday is the last day to enroll in or change Medicare Part D insurance plans. One expert says seniors should find out whether they can benefit from prescription drug coverage, even if they’re already enrolled.

Medicare Part D plans are private health insurance from private companies that are subsidized by the federal government. That means seniors pay for the drug plans, but they don’t have to cover the full cost of the insurance out of pocket.

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A poll from AARP South Dakota shows most people who are over age 50 want the state to restrict how much money payday lenders can charge. The membership organization paid for the survey from Alan Newman Research. Poll results are from the end of September and beginning of this month.

Phone calls to 904 older South Dakotans show many people agree the law should cap the interest payday lenders and car title loan companies charge customers. Sarah Jennings is the state director for AARP South Dakota.

Dakota Midday: Aging Happy, Healthy And Wise

Oct 7, 2015

Seniors are often confronted with issues and legal questions which can be complicated and confusing.  To help answer questions in person, SDSU Extension invites senior South Dakotans to attend the October 8 "Healthy, Happy and Wise" annual conference in Salem.  With approximately 14.3% of South Dakotans age 65 and older, the state has the seventh oldest population of any state in the nation.  SDSU Extension Food Safety Field Specialist Lavonne Meyer is coordinating Thursday's event.  She joined guest host Joe Tlustos on Dakota Midday.

South Dakota Retirement System

Leaders examining the South Dakota Retirement System are considering increasing the retirement age to 67. It’s one of many proposed changes experts say could keep the pension program sustainable. State lawmakers must approve any new regulations, and the SDRS executive director says none of them impact people currently enrolled.

The South Dakota Retirement System has about 80,000 members. It’s the consolidated retirement program for state employees, school districts, most cities, counties, and other public entities.

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Members of a state task force are setting priorities to address elder abuse in South Dakota. The group met Tuesday in Sioux Falls. Task force members are trying to figure out how to prevent and punish abuse of aging populations.

The Elder Abuse Task Force is investigating the scope of elder abuse in South Dakota, and members may offer reports and policy suggestions based on what they find.

The leaders of South Dakota’s Executive and Judicial branches say they’re teaming up for a comprehensive look at elder abuse in the state. During the regular session, state lawmakers approved an Elder Abuse Task Force. State leaders are also announcing a public conference as the panel begins work.

The World Health Organization uses June 15th to call attention to elder abuse around the globe. Greg Sattizahn with South Dakota’s Unified Judicial System says mistreatment of seniors is a quiet problem.

The latest national ranking on meeting the needs of older people who require long-term care puts South Dakota right in the middle. The AARP Scorecard shows the state is 24th overall in long-term care. But the average rating doesn’t necessarily reflect success or failure in multiple categories.

Despite its overall rating of 24th in the country, South Dakota ranks 5th in the nation in a dimension of care labeled Quality of Care and Quality of Life. Erik Nelson with AARP South Dakota says people in the state take pride in their commitment to long term care.

"Aging, Occupational Justice, And Human Rights"

May 7, 2014

Dr. Elizabeth Townsend, Canadian professor emerita at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia and an adjunct professor in the faculty of education at the University of Prince Edward Island, is known internationally for institutional ethnography research on client-centered practice, enablement and occupational justice. The University of South Dakota Department of Occupational Therapy, part of the School of Health Sciences, hosts the fifth annual Occupational Therapy Research Symposium with the theme: "Aging, Occupational Justice, and Human Rights" on Thursday, May 8 at the Andrew E.