In 2009, in honor of the terrorist attacks, the national government declared September 11th a national day of service and remembrance. It is a day to remember not only those who lost their lives but how we came together as a nation to grieve for the victims and support survivors and first responders.
September 23, 2017 is a big day for those of us looking for information about Alzheimer’s disease and options available to us as we age. Please consider joining us for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and the Aging Gracefully Expo in Rapid City, SD!
What are flexible elements? Simply the space is designed so that is can be changed with minimal effort and cost. For example, lower cabinets in kitchens can be designed so they can easily be removed to ensure there is enough space to accommodate wheelchair users.
As a mosquito-transmitted virus, West Nile Virus is usually thought of as a summertime problem. While it’s true that in South Dakota, most West Nile Virus cases occur during August, new human infections are detected well into September in most years.
Did you know that your relationship with your doctor can lead to better health? Multiple studies show that having trust in your doctor points to better health outcomes. Developing a strong relationship with a primary doctor we trust is an important part of our overall health.
We are all concerned about identity theft. Fortunately we can reduce our risk of becoming a victim. Here are some tips.
Retrofitting in housing is the practice of adding features in the design of the home that were not included during the initial construction. Retrofitting is necessary because much of our existing housing stock is missing universal and accessible design. Incorporating these features may require us to make significant changes to the home to fully implement universal design.
At its core universal design seeks to create products and environments that can be used comfortably by all people with minimal adaptation or specialization. What this means is that a home can accommodate changes we experience over time or a disability that is the result of an accident or disease. In contrast, homes that are not designed for all people often require expensive modifications to accommodate the needs of ourselves or loved ones with disabilities.
We all have that person we trust most when we don’t feel well. Whether a spouse, parent, or friend, this person knows us better than anyone. They know our preferences and wants. If we were not able to speak for ourselves, how would emergency responders know how to contact the person we trust most? A great solution is to display this information from the lock screen on our phones. It is important that the information is accessible when the phone is locked so that emergency responders can see it without having to unlock the phone.
In “Change in Public Discourse on Aging Recommended” we discussed a report released by the FrameWorks Institute. We learned that much of the public discourse on aging is fragmented and incomplete. To reduce the gap between public discourse and scientific knowledge on aging, national aging organizations and funders set out to explore the narrative on aging issues and provide strategies to bridge the gap. The report from their efforts was released in February.
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.
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. Our goal is to make tools available to caregivers so they can spend less time worrying about caregiving and more time with their loved one.
Providing care to a friend or family member who is disabled 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 on who is disabled.
The following article contains a number of links to resources for caregivers.
When a friend or loved one becomes disabled, we want to continue to provide care to them. Providing care to an adult who is disabled requires special consideration and skills. SDSU Extension has compiled these resources as a guide.
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.
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. While all of these changes can help us remain in the home, additional factors outside the home may influence our ability to age in place.
Indicators suggest that population aging is the new normal. Boomers (born 1946-1964) and other older generations have meaningful buying power. Ensuring businesses are conscious of the needs and wants of this large segment of the population is critical to remaining viable.
Population aging refers to an increase in the average age of a population and an increase in the proportion of adults over the age of 65. The Babyboom generation began joining the ranks of adults over the age of 65 in 2011.
A crisis is looming: the baby boomer generation is reaching retirement age. Fears of their mass exodus from the workforce paints the headlines of many media outlets across the country. Many of these stories are missing a significant historical event underlying challenges our businesses and organizations are experiencing: the demographic transition. The image below shows the different phases of the demographic transition.
There are a lot of misconceptions about older adults and aging. Take this quiz to test your aging IQ.
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. Estate planning involves determining what will happen to our property and financial resources in the event of death or incapacitation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Communication skills are crucial all across the life course. Effective communication skills may help avoid confusion and misunderstanding. Effective communication is especially important when discussing sensitive topics such as a move to an assisted living facility. SDSU Extension compiled these resources to help sharpen your communication skills.
People often have a smaller income when they retire than they did during their working years. These resources may help make your dollar go a little further.
As the population gets older, it will be beneficial to develop affinity between the generations. SDSU Extension compiled these resources to help.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s safe to say that most of us have experienced a visit to the doctor. We may go to the doctor to get treated for a health condition, to manage a chronic health condition, or to get a yearly physical. Some of us have experienced a surgery or hospitalization. Interaction with the Healthcare system is a common human experience—we need it and use it to stay healthy. Yet, sometimes navigating the system can be a challenge.
Chronic disease or medications can increase our risk of falling. We can reduce the risk. SDSU Extension compiled these resources to help.
As a person ages, there are common health concerns. SDSU Extension compiled these resources to provide more information about common health concerns among people of an advanced age.