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Older Adults

Over the next 20 years, the number of adults over the age of 65 will increase dramatically. SDSU Extension is devoted to providing programing to equip South Dakota communities to meet the opportunities and challenges of an aging population.


Aging in Place

Resources to help older adults stay in their home and community for as long as they choose.

Aging Well

Build habits to maintain physical, mental, and social wellbeing, even when faced with difficulty or chronic disease.

Family Caregiving

Topics for people providing care and support to a person with complicated or chronic medical conditions or facing end-of-life decline.

Life Planning

Envision the future, establish goals and take steps to achieve the future you want for you and your family.

Featured Resources

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Housing Across the Life Span: Consumer knowledge, preferences, and barriers

The goal of this study was to understand perceptions of aging in place and identify next steps to remove barriers to successful aging in place.

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A Profile of Older South Dakotans

The increase in the number of older people (65+) in South Dakota is arguably one of the most significant social changes of our time.

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Aging Gracefully Expo - Planning Guide for Remote Locations

This guide includes expectations, planning timeline, checklist, evaluation tools, and other items to help with preparation for hosting the Aging Gracefully Expo in your community.

Upcoming Events

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Jun 23

Adult Mental Health First Aid Training @ June

Develop the skills needed to provide Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) to South Dakotans experiencing stress and other emotional issues. MHFA training is an evidence-based public education and prevention tool to improve the public’s knowledge of mental health and substance problems and connect people with care for their mental health or substance use problems.

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Jul 09

2022 Heirlooms: Creative Life Story Writing Workshops @ Spearfish

SDSU Extension and the South Dakota Humanities Council will host an in-person Heirlooms: Creative Life Writing Workshop on July 9, 2022 at the Spearfish Senior Center from 10:30 a.m. MT to 2:30 p.m.

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Oct 20

2022 Heirlooms: Creative Life Story Writing Workshops @ Genealogy Writing

South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension will be hosting the 2022 Creative Life Story Writing Workshop webinar for Obituary Writing over Zoom on Oct. 20 from 6-8 p.m. CST.