Aging Gracefully Expo

Categorized: Healthy Families, Aging

: Sep 23rd

SDSU Extension is collaborating with South Dakota Consumer Protection to host the Second Annual Aging Gracefully Expo at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center (444 N Mount Rushmore Road, Rapid City). Please join us for speakers, vendors, door prizes, and more! No cost to attend!

Presentation Schedule

Keynote Presentations

11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Fraud and scams in South Dakota
Marty Jackley, Attorney General, South Dakota
Join South Dakota Attorney General, Marty Jackley, for this interactive discussion about fraud and scams in South Dakota. Audience members are highly encourage to submit questions.

12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. The basics: Memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer's disease
Kathi Herreid MS, CPG, State Program Director, Alzheimer's Association South Dakota Chapter
Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease/dementia, it’s time to learn the facts. This program is designed to provide you with the basic information that everyone needs to know about memory loss issues and what they mean for all of us. You will hear information about detection, risk factors, and the stages of the disease.

Breakout Presentations

2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. How to live an intentional second adulthood
Judee Oldham, Retired School Counselor
Make the most of the years from 60+ by utilizing the lessons of your life experiences and discovering the wisdom within you. Conscious choices in all parts of your life including family, service, fun, travel, friendships, and personal and spiritual growth, leads to a fulfilling life.

2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Assisted living centers provide a variety of care options
Deb Carlson, South Dakota Department of Health Licensure & Certification
In South Dakota there are approximately 170 licensed assisted living centers (ALC). Each ALC provider offers a variety of services and levels of care. Ms. Carlson will explain during her presentation what the consumer needs to consider when a family member or themselves require moving to an ALC.


12:00 to 12:15 50+ and walking gracefully
Bjo Schreier
To continue walking our entire journey we need to maintain sturdy posture and body mechanics. Nordic Pole walking teaches these skills through its easy to learn techniques. This presentation lets you learn something fun, healthy, social, life-long and athletic. Poles and smiles provided.

3:00 to 3:15 Learning to Explore Movement Feels Good
Jo Ann K Sterner
By the time we are 50 or 60, there is something going on in our bodies. Wake up your muscles and joints. The lack of exercise has a price. We learn through experiences about the long term pay off of keeping active, physically and mentally. By exploring our full range of motion in our hip and shoulder joints and strengthening the musculature which supports the function of our legs and arms as well as our feet and hands, we learn efficient movement. An exercise class that allows participants to self-pace, the process of learning is comfortable but if you want to be challenged and get the job done, practice is highly recommended.

For more information on this event, please contact Leacey E. Brown, SDSU Extension Gerontology Field Specialist.