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Life Planning

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While important for every adult, planning for later stages of life is critical for older adults. Later life planning includes estate, funeral, advanced care, long-term care, and more depending on your family (e.g., a grandparent raising a grandchild). Unfortunately, many people often neglect these planning activities until a crisis occurs. The consequences of delaying these decisions cannot be overstated. For example, long-term care is complicated and costly. Without proper planning it may be difficult to get the care you prefer in the location of your choice (e.g., house, apartment, assisted living, nursing home, etc.).

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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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Medical Decision Making: Starting a Conversation

Understanding and “owning” our feelings can help us move forward in feeling more comfortable starting a conversation about medical decision making.

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How Will Emergency Responders Know Who to Call?

We all have that person we trust most when we don’t feel well. If we are not able to speak for ourselves, how would emergency responders know how to contact the person we trust most?

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Four Advance Care Planning Conversations

This information will help you understand the four advance care planning conversations you need to have about decisions you are asking others to make at the end of your life.

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SDSU Extension Increases Access to Sustaining the Legacy Conference

September 23, 2021

Starting in the fall of 2021, SDSU Extension will host two-day Sustaining the Legacy Conferences in five different locations across the state of South Dakota.

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Advance Care Planning for Rural Families

Did you know that only one out of every three South Dakotans have filled out an advance directive? Check out this article to learn more about preparing your own advance directive.

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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Purposeful Retirement Book Club Facilitation Guide

A curriculum that can be used to facilitate a purposeful retirement book club in a community.

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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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Graduation Presents

With graduation season upon us, consider gifting your high school or college graduate with the necessary medical, financial and legal paperwork they're need for the next stage of their lives.