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Aging Well

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Aging is an important process that we all experience. While achieving older age may include some challenges, aging well is an obtainable goal. This is not to suggest that a person will not experience chronic disease or disability. However, tips and tricks are available to reduce the risk of developing disease or disability and improve overall quality of life, even when faced with significant challenges or loss. 

What is aging well? 

A key component of aging well is to delay or prevent the onset of chronic disease and disability. This is achieved through a variety of activities and behaviors shown to improve physical and psychological health and wellness outcomes. 

The fundamentals of aging well

Aging well is the product of physical, emotional/mental, social, intellectual, vocational/occupational, spiritual, environmental, and financial wellness. If one of these wellness areas is neglected, then wellness in other areas is likely effected.

  • Physical wellness is enhanced by incorporating movement in our daily lived, eating nutritious foods, and getting the recommended amount of sleep. 
  • Emotional/mental wellness requires us to cope with the stress and challenges of daily life.
  • Social wellness is acquired through our sense of connection and belonging to a well-developed support system.
  • Intellectual wellness emerges from our creative activities and drive to expand knowledge and skills.
  • Vocational/occupational wellness results from the satisfaction and enrichment from work, whether volunteer or paid employment.
  • Spiritual wellness refers to how an individual finds meaning and purpose in life. 
  • Environment wellness is the result of occupying a pleasant home and community that provide sufficient stimulation and support.
  • Financial wellness occurs when an individual is satisfied with current and future financial situations.

It may seem overwhelming to know where to begin for your personal journey to aging well. SDSU Extension is here to help. We have a variety of educational content and programs to help you create your own aging well plan. 

Reference

Wellness wheel and assessment
 

All Aging Well Content

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Jan 13

Fit & Strong! Instructor Training Applications

South Dakota State Univeristy (SDSU) Extension’s Food and Family’s is holding an online training session on Jan 13. for prospective instructors to help run the Fit & Strong(F&S) Program

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Older Adults

Over the next 20 years, the number of adults over the age of 65 will increase dramatically.

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Diabetes and COVID-19

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Oct 21

2021 Purposeful Retirement Virtual Bookclub

North Dakota State University Extension and South Dakota State University Extension will be hosting an online book club beginning Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. CST/ 10 a.m. MST.

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What Can You Do To Prevent a Fall?

September 15, 2021

In South Dakota, falls were the leading cause of injury and injury-related death in 2017 and 2018, and the leading cause of injury among South Dakotans age 65 and older from 2011 to 2018.

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Fall Prevention

SDSU Extension wants to help you avoid the chance of a life-changing fall. We offer a variety of evidence-based, community led, health education workshops to help you address factors that contribute to fall risk.

SDSU Extension to Host Final Creative Life Story Writing Workshop of 2021

September 01, 2021

“Heirlooms: Creative Life Writing” will be held Oct. 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. CDT. Free and open to the public, the fall session will center around participants’ heritage.

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Teaching Adults Technology

The TeachSD toolkit includes three videos, an implementation guide, and a technology trainer orientation guide. These materials are designed to help individuals and communities develop an intergenerational technology training program in their community.