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Aging Gracefully Expo

Join us this Saturday for the Aging Gracefully Expo. It’s a free community education event to empower you and your family to age gracefully in South Dakota.

Free Dementia and Alzheimer’s Information Day

On Saturday, April 30th, our very own CAPS, Kristi Barber will be giving a short presentation on Safety Awareness in the Home. She joins other presenters at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help for a day long event that provides information and support for family, friends or...

10 ways to achieve greater happiness

Let’s start by getting out the paper calendar or Blackberry, and schedule 15 minutes each day for the next 4 days to plan how you’ll get started. Get your best friend to join in and keep you motivated. Start a Get Active club at your community center or place...

Universal Design Living

We’ve mentioned before that in order for our elderly or disabled population to continue living in the comfort of their homes, certain modifications can (and should) be made.  These modifications can be anything from lowering counter tops, raising dishwashers, or changing the floor to hardwood to make it easier...

Families with Special Needs: Caregiving Tips

Caregivers typically provide assistance to someone who has a chronic illness or disabling condition. Whether a family member with special needs is a child or an adult, combining personal, caregiving, and everyday needs can be challenging. Below are general caregiving tips and links to information on specific health topics...

5 Promises to Yourself You Should Make and Keep

You make promises to yourself. Sometimes you keep them; sometimes you don’t. At the beginning of every year, millions of people make resolutions they already know they won’t stick with. Sometimes we try to trick ourselves that we’ll lose those last 10 pounds or we’ll volunteer our time more;...

Making your home senior friendly

When assessing your current living environment, you need to examine all the major areas of your home, including entry ways, bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchen, even the backyard. In all these areas, proper lighting is absolutely critical if you wish to avoid accidents. Check out this article from the National Aging...

Mobility is Most Common Disability Among Older Americans

A study by the U.S. Census Bureau found that nearly 40 percent of people age 65 and older had at least one disability. Of those 15.7 million people, two-thirds of them say they had difficulty in walking or climbing. Difficulty with independent living, such as visiting a doctor’s office or shopping,...

What is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS)?

A Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) is someone who understands the aging-in-place home remodeling market and the technology, tools and resources that are available for seniors to age in place. Individuals with the CAPS designation are trained in the needs of the aging population, common remodeling projects and...

Why choose a CAPS?

There are many good reasons why older adults prefer to remain in their own homes and communities. Proximity to family and friends, the comfort of familiar surroundings, privacy — all of these are important. A widowed senior may feel closer to his lost loved one by staying in the...