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Family Caregiving

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When an older loved one needs our help, we want to ensure our loved one has the services and supports they need to continue to enjoy life. At SDSU Extension, we want to help you find the resources needed to help you accomplish your goal. This webpage provides a summary of different options available to support the older loved ones in your life. In addition, you can read more about topics related to caring for an older loved one who needs your assistance. 
Dakota at Home (1-833-663-9673): South Dakota’s aging and disability resource center. Dakota at Home provides information and referral services that provides free information and options to help individuals locate services in their communities. 

The Helpline Center: provides information and support for any situation a person may find themselves in. Reachable through call, text, or email 24/7, they are always ready to help. The Helpline Center also provides events where attendees will learn about a variety of topics relating to mental health. The Helpline Center provides resource guides to help individuals find resources for housing and food. 

Caregiver Support Program (1-833-663-9673): A caregiver is a family member or another person who is an informal (unpaid) provider of care to an individual in need of care. There are many reasons why a family member or friend needs assistance including a chronic health condition, disability, Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia or another related disorder. 

CAREgivers by Active Generations (1-800-360-6161): CAREgivers is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to caregivers by offering assistance to access community and state resources and providing case management, education, and support to family caregivers across South Dakota. 

Adult Nutrition Program (1-833-663-9673): To obtain the nutrition necessary for healthy living, people age 60 or older can eat at nutrition sites located around the South Dakota.   Hot, nutritious meals which meet one-third of a person's dietary needs are served in a senior center or another community location. Meals may also be delivered to individuals who unable to leave their home due to illness or isolation.

Emergency Response System (1-833-663-9673): Emergency Response Systems (ERS) are electronic devices which, when triggered, initiate a call for help.  The purpose of the ERS is to provide a 24 hour safeguard for older individuals and individuals with physical disabilities who are at a significant risk for falls.  Emergency Response Systems come with pendants for remote access to call previously programmed numbers in case of an emergency.

Senior Health Information and Insurance Education (SHIINE): SHIINE is a federally funded program through the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and administered by the SD Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS). SHIINE provides free, confidential and unbiased information to Medicare beneficiaries. SHIINE Regional Coordinators are located across the state to assist Medicare beneficiaries, support local volunteer counselors, recruit new volunteers and promote SHIINE information. Call SHIINE toll free: Eastern South Dakota: 1-800-536-8197, Central South Dakota: 1-877-331-4834, Western South Dakota: 1-877-286-9072

Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (1-866-854-5465): An ombudsmen is an advocate who seeks to resolve complaints on behalf of individuals who receive long-term care services in nursing homes, assisted livings and registered residential facilities.

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Tools for Effective Medication Management

Do you or a loved one have a difficult time managing your medications?

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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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VA Black Hills Health Care System Caregiver Summit Slated for Sept. 21

August 13, 2021

The VA Black Hills Health Care System Caregiver Summit will be held Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon MT and will focus on inclusive care.

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SDSU Extension to Offer Another Obituary Writing Workshop

June 16, 2021

On July 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. CST, SDSU Extension will once again provide adults the opportunity to preserve their life stories in their own words while crafting a document that is available for family and loved ones when most needed.

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Conversations that Matter: Advance Care Planning for Rural Families

A booklet to help teach others about advance care planning.

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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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SDSU Extension Offers Advance Care Planning Webinar

June 26, 2020

According to the South Dakota Department of Health, only one in three South Dakotans have completed an advance directive, which is a document that states what kind of health care treatment an individual would want to receive, or not want to receive, if they could not speak for themselves.

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Relocation Stress Syndrome

Sometimes called "transfer trauma," Relocation Stress Syndrome is a set of symptoms that occur when an individual moves from one environment to another. These symptoms can influence our behavior, mood and physiological well-being.

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The Emotional Challenges of Relocating

Our home is the physical embodiment of our memories. Unfortunately, our home is not always the best place for us to remain as we reach advanced age.

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The Importance of Reminiscing

Reminiscence involves sharing thoughts and feelings of one’s experiences to recall and reflect upon important events within one’s life. The ability to recall and reflect helps older adults remember who they used to be in order to help them define their identity in the current moment.