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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

SDSU Extension provides education and resources for older adults and their families.

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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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Dementia is an umbrella term to refer to cognitive impairment of various types that interfere with a person’s day-to-day function. Researchers project that half of the adults over the age of 85 will be impacted by some form of dementia.

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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.

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South Dakota State University Promotes Advance Care Planning Ahead of National Healthcare Decisions Day

April 07, 2022

SDSU Extension and the SDSU College of Nursing are collecting stories from South Dakotans to promote advance care planning in honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day.

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SDSU Extension to Host Virtual Obituary Writing Workshop

March 24, 2022

SDSU Extension and Molly Barari, South Dakota Humanities Scholar, will host an obituary writing workshop on April 7, 2022 from noon to 2 p.m. CDT via Zoom.

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Seven Planning Tips and Reminders

Planning for care and end-of-life is overwhelming. This content may help you prioritize activities around planning for these eventualities in your life.

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Advance Care Planning

Not sure where to start when putting together an advance care plan for your loved ones? Learn some key considerations to get the conversation started.

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Long-Term Care Planning

From assisted living to home health, learn some important tips for deciding which long-term care options best fit the needs and budget of your loved ones in their later years.

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Dementia Planning

It is important for you and your family to explore how you would want to be cared for if you were ever to receive a dementia diagnosis.