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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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Oct 15

Smart Choice: Managing Health Insurance and Resolving Conflicts

SDSU Extension will be hosting a Smart Choice webinar for Managing Health Insurance and Resolving Conflicts on October 15 at 6 p.m. CDT.

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Sep 17

Smart Choice: Health Care Costs

SDSU Extension will be hosting a Smart Choice webinar for health care costs on Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. CDT.

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Aug 20

Smart Choice: Health Insurance Decisions

SDSU Extension will be hosting a Smart Choice webinar for smart insurance decisions on Aug 20 at 6 p.m. CDT.

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Aug 11

High School Financial Planning Program (HSFPP) Curriculum Training

SDSU Extension will be hosting a financial planning training webinar on Aug 11 at 10 a.m. CDT.

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Long-Term Care Planning

Long-term care is a continuum of medical, personal, and social services designed to support the needs of people who have chronic illnesses or disabilities that affect their ability to perform everyday activities at home, in the community, or at a facility.

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End of Life Documents You Should Have in Place

COVID-19 infection and mortality rates fill the news programs. Across South Dakota and the nation, people are have made changes to their lifestyle and the way they accomplish many everyday activities. In response to this illness and the potential for long-term hospitalization and even death, individuals over 18 should also ensure their end of life documents are up-to-date.

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Planning for Retirement

No matter what your age or when you plan to retire, now is the time to begin saving for retirement.

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Difficult Conversations

Difficult conversations are a part of life that we will all have to face at some point. For example, it may be necessary to take the keys away when it is no longer safe for a loved one to drive.

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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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Dementia

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.