BROOKINGS — South Dakotans are living longer than at any point in history. “This is a global trend,” said Leacey E. Brown, SDSU Extension gerontology field specialist.

To help communities better serve this aging population, SDSU Extension released a Profile of Older South Dakotans which provides facts on aging South Dakotans.

“Many communities have a pool of older South Dakotans eager to strengthen South Dakota for future generations. Older South Dakotans are not often considered as an asset as communities plan for the future,” Brown said.

Brown said that although typical discussions about aging community members focus on services and healthcare, older South Dakotans need so much more to be happy and well. “All members of the community want to feel like they are helping build a strong South Dakota for future generations,” Brown said. “We can be older and healthy, but we have to start with the facts on aging.”

The SDSU Extension’s Profile of Older South Dakotans provides information about income, poverty levels, age, race/ethnicity, housing, education, health and more.

“By using this information, community members can work together to improve areas that are affecting South Dakotans. By looking at current solutions and exploring opportunities, we can build a South Dakota that will be an ideal to place where future generations of older people can flourish. Ultimately, improving quality of life for all South Dakotans,” Brown said.

To read the publication, please visit the SDSU Extension website:

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