Many families have not discussed the important topics we often associate with aging, but are critical for people of all ages. Since families come together during the holiday season, this may be an ideal time to start the discussion.
We have all heard the phrase “you are what you eat”, but research also suggests that we are what we think. As it was mentioned in the previous article, negative attitudes about older adults and the process of aging can actually impact how we age.
Growing older is one of the few universal experiences. If we’re lucky, we will all experience what it is like to earn a couple wrinkles on our faces and watch our hair gray or have it fall out of our head.
The United States is experience a demographic shift. From 2016 to 2060, it is predicted that the number of Americans over the age of 65 will double from 46 million to 98 million.
We often hear about child prodigies or people who achieve great success early in their life. What I find equally inspiring though is people who find or develop a passion later in life and are able to master it.
Why should we care about demography? Demography is the study of ourselves: where we live, how many children we have, and when we die. One tool is the Demographic Transition Theory, or the DTT.
Caregiving can take many shapes and forms. It may be an adult child caring for an older parent or a grandparent raising a grandchild. Acting as a caregiver can be emotionally and financially stressful, but it can also be a very rewarding experience.
Lisa is a 71 year-old woman living in the Rapid City area. She grew up an “army brat” and spent her childhood in Germany, Kansas, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and France.
Would you be surprised to know that self-neglect is the most common form of non-financial abuse? Self-neglect does not involve abuse perpetrated by another person.
May is the month of flowers, mothers, and…older Americans? That’s right, this month is Older Americans month and this year’s theme to Engage at Every Age.
In South Dakota, approximately 2.4% of adults over the age of 30, live with their grandchild(ren) and about 1.3% of these grandparents are responsible for taking care of their grandchild(ren)’s basic needs.
Very few moments are anticipated in life like that moment you sit behind the wheel of your first car. It is the ultimate sense of liberation and freedom.
SHIINE stands for Senior Health Information and Insurance Education. This program is administered by the South Dakota Department of Human Services' Division of Long Term Services and Supports. SHIINE's purpose is to provide free, confidential and impartial knowledge to recipients of Medicare.
The following article contains information on housing options for disabled adults including links, resources, and other information.
Caregiving is one of the most challenges and rewarding roles a person will ever have. There are steps a person can take to reduce some of the challenges of being a caregiver. SDSU Extension compiled these resources to help.
Native people have a rich culture that is important when addressing aging and caregiving. For this reason, SDSU Extension has compiled some resources developed by Native People for Native people.
The number of adults with dementia is projected to increase by 25% over the next decade. Providing care to a person with dementia can be very challenging. SDSU Extension created this page to help caregivers.
Providing care to a friend or family member with a disability is both rewarding and challenging at the same time. SDSU Extension has compiled these resources about caring for oneself as you provide care to a friend or loved one with a disability.
When we provide care to our loved ones, it can be difficult to know where to turn for help. The following article contains a number of links to resources for caregivers.
Many of us provide help to friends and loved ones for the majority of our lives. When a friend or loved develops a disability, we want to continue to provide care to them. Providing care to an adult with a disability requires special consideration and skills.
We have a wide range of housing options as we age. SDSU Extension compiled these resources to help us understand what is available to us.
We want to remain in our home indefinitely. This is commonly called “aging in place”. As we envision making this dream a reality, we may think of remodeling our home by updating the bathroom for accessibility or moving a bedroom to the main floor.
For much of human history, the concept of retirement did not exist. Individuals had to work as long as they possibly could in some role to ensure their survival in societies composed of hunter-gatherers or primitive farming.
Henry Ford revolutionized the automobile with the Model T Ford and his assembly line, while visionaries like Leonardo da Vinci had dreams of a self-propelled vehicle hundreds of years before Henry Ford was born. The car is arguably one of the most important modern inventions.
Do you want to remain in your home and community, even when facing chronic disease, disability or short term injury? If you said yes, you are like many people across our great state. Our homes, communities, and technology are significant barriers to remaining independent.
Indicators suggest that population aging is the new normal. Boomers (born 1946-1964) and other older generations have meaningful buying power.
Population aging is an increase in the proportion of the population age 65 and older. As a result, the average age of the population increases. In South Dakota, nearly one in four people will be age 65 or older by 2029.
A crisis is looming: the baby boomer generation is reaching retirement age. Fears of their mass exodus from the workforce is featured in the headlines of many media outlets across the country.
No matter what your age or when you plan to retire, now is the time to begin saving for retirement. Saving becomes secondary when we prioritize other demands, such as marriage, buying a house, and/or raising children. Each month you delay impacts the total savings you will have when you begin retirement.
Since people are living longer than ever, retirement savings need to last longer and work harder. It is more important than ever to make smart financial decisions. There are four standard sources of retirement income, Social Security, retirement plans and/or employer sponsored pensions, investment income, and earned income from part time employment.
The difference between estate planning and retirement planning is subtle, but important. Retirement planning involves planning our financial future once we are no longer employed full time.
Difficult conversations are a part of life that we will all have to face at some point. For example, it may be necessary to take the keys away when it is no longer safe for a loved one to drive.
Dementia is an umbrella term to refer to cognitive impairment of various types that interfere with a person’s day-to-day function. Researchers project that half of the adults over the age of 85 will be impacted by some form of dementia.
Communication skills are crucial all across the life course. Effective communication skills may help avoid confusion and misunderstanding.
We often have less resources after we retire. SDSU Extension has pulled together these resources to help us make our dollars stretch.
As the population gets older, it will be beneficial to develop affinity between the generations. SDSU Extension compiled these resources to help.
When a family emergency or disaster occurs, having quick access to important financial documents is essential. These documents include banking information, insurance cards and policies, wills and power of attorney documents, household inventory, and birth and marriage records. This article will address what are the important financial records, where to keep financial records secure, how long to keep records, and how to create a Grab and Go box.
How many of you sit around during the holidays and listen to stories shared by your loved ones, such as grandparents or parents? Have you witnessed the emotions expressed by your loved ones? Listened to the details of the story? Even if you have heard the story before, it is important for you to be an attentive listener, because reminiscing serves a purpose in older adulthood.
As loved ones age, we may have concerns about their safety of our older loved ones behind the wheel. SDSU Extension has pulled together a wide array of resources on the subject to help you determine the safety of your loved one to drive.
As we age, we are at greater risk for chronic disease. To manage our health, it is helpful to learn as much as we can about our disease. The internet is loaded with information about all the different diseases and potential treatments.
Advanced directives are legal documents that we can create to provide instructions about medical care we receive, if we are ever not able to communicate our wishes. There are two kinds of legal documents used to communicate these wishes: living wills or medical power of attorney.
Falls are the leading cause of injuries for older Americans. Approximately one in four older adults over the age of 65 falls each year and in 2014 the total cost of fall injuries was a little over 30 billion dollars. The following article features resources that SDSU Extension has compiled to help.
Aging is a complicated process that is a product of both biological and social factors. We begin aging from the moment our cells begin to divide and draw our first breath.
Do you suffer from constant indigestion or experience symptoms such as heartburn? When this occurs frequently it may be more known as gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD). You are not alone. It is a growing problem and affects nearly 20% of Americans.
Remaining in our home is important to us, but we don’t like to talk about the possibility of developing a disability or needing a home that offers more support such as a nursing home or assisted living. However, avoiding the discussion actually increases our risk of needing to move.
We are interested in protecting ourselves and our loved ones from fraud, scams, and identity theft. It seems to become more difficult with each technological advancement. While technology is a common way criminals search for victims, there are other methods they may try to get our hard earned cash or access to our personal information.
We can benefit from physical activity at any age. Physical fitness decreases our risk of hypertension, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some cancers. Yet, only 30% of people between 45 and 64 years of age, 25% of people between 65 and 74, and only 11% of people over 85 report being physically active.
Have you ever had a hard time making a decision? Most of us can agree that decision-making can be difficult –even simple, everyday decisions like deciding what to eat for lunch! But what about making medical decisions? What feelings come up when thinking about making decisions about medical care? We often feel uncertain, overwhelmed, or even avoidant. These feelings are valid. Understanding and “owning” our feelings can help us move forward in feeling more comfortable starting a conversation about medical decision making.