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Executive Summary

Educational goal
Increase consumer knowledge about ging services and resources and opportunities for community engagement.

Program Justification
The vast majority of South Dakotans identify remaining in the home or community as a high priority during retirement and older age. This goal will be difficult to attain without deliberate anticipation of future needs and efforts to mitigate barriers to independence. We have more choices today than ever before as we move through life. AGE in South Dakota 2016 evaluation results suggest consumer knowledge about these options is low.

Target Audience
Adults 50+ in South Dakota who want to remain in the home and community and family caregivers.

Public and Private value
Adults with knowledge about services and resources available in our communities are equipped to age in South Dakota, allowing them to achieve their goals. The public value of adults who are informed about aging issues is far reaching. Adults who are prepared to meet the challenges that may emerge have the potential to reduce the strain that is placed on public resources (e.g. Medicaid). The larger community benefits as well because family caregivers will be less likely to miss work when their loved ones are prepared to manage an accident or sudden illness.

Program Delivery
AGE uses technology to connect rural and urban communities for an educational event, allowing the unique knowledge and information available in more urban areas to be shared with people living in rural South Dakota. Each community will host in-person presentations and service providers introduce participants to educational ideas, inspire enlightening discussions, and plant seeds of hope and options for the aging experience.

Key Contact
Leacey E. Brown, SDSU Extension Gerontology Field Specialist 

Resources needed:

  • Local partners in rural communities
  • AGE program lead (logistics coordinator) in each community
  • Venue with broadband internet access
  • Unbiased professionals to provide evidence based presentations
  • Volunteers
  • Services providers
  • Funds to support printing, marketing, room rental, equipment rental (tables, chairs, etc.), refreshments, webcast, video production, and other miscellaneous expenses
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