BROOKINGS, S.D. - SDSU Extension in collaboration with the Black Hills Senior Information Network and Community Services Connection of the Black Hills is launching the first Aging Gracefully Expo Sept. 24, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (MST).
Vendors and learning opportunities will be available for the public, showcasing the wide array of options available to support proactive aging.
"Self-determination is at the core of what it means to be South Dakotan. While more than half of adults age 65 or older are disability free, aging increases our risk of developing a disease or disability. Maintaining our autonomy for our whole life requires proactive aging," said Leacey E. Brown, SDSU Extension Gerontology Field Specialist.
Proactive aging is the focus of the Aging Gracefully Expo.
"It allows us to anticipate future needs and develop strategies to reduce barriers to our independence," Brown said.
Proactive aging reverberates through the larger community as well. "For example, family caregivers will be less likely to miss work when their loved ones are prepared to manage an accident or sudden illness," said Bobbie Jo Leggett, Director of Caregiver Outreach Services, CAREgivers by Active Generation. "Even though the prospect of growing older is scary and overwhelming, planning ahead is the key to aging on your own terms. The Aging Gracefully Expo is the place to begin."
This event is free and open to the public. If you are a vendor who would like to be part of this innovative event, the deadline to secure a vendor space is quickly approaching.
Each vendor space is $75. After July 1, 2016, the cost of each vendor space will increase to $100.
To register and for more information, contact Leacey E. Brown, SDSU Extension Gerontology Field Specialist at the SDSU Extension Rapid City Regional Center at 605.394.1722 or by email.