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December 5 , 2006

Community Events Offer Education and Awareness on
Long-Term Care Planning

PIERRE, S.D.With the recent launch of South Dakota’s Long-Term Care Public Awareness Campaign, “Own Your Future,” the South Dakota Department of Social Services would like to invite residents to attend community events throughout the state to learn more about the benefits of planning ahead for their future long-term care needs.

“Increased planning for long-term care is likely to increase people’s ability to remain at home with better use of their own resources,” said Deb Bowman, Secretary of the Department of Social Services. “We encourage citizens to get out and visit with representatives from our department to learn more about the long-term care planning options and services available to help them so they have more control over the type of care that is best for them.”

Learn more about what you can do to plan for your future long-term care needs NOW before it is too late! Representatives from the South Dakota Department of Social Services will be available to help answer any questions you may have about planning for your long-term care needs. Below you will find a list of locations and times when representatives will be in your area.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006 - from 2 - 8 p.m.
    Spearfish, Spearfish Holiday Inn, 305 N. 27th St.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006 – from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Rapid City, YMCA, 815 Kansas City St.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006 - from 4 - 7:30 p.m.
    Sioux Falls, YMCA, 230 S. Minnesota Ave.
  • Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006 - from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Huron, Huron Mall, 1000 18th St. SW
  • Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006 – from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Rapid City, Rushmore Mall in the AARP Office, 2200 N. Maple Ave.
  • Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007 - from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Watertown, Watertown Mall, 1300 9th Ave. SE

About “Own Your Future”
South Dakota’s Long-Term Care Public Awareness Campaign, “Own Your Future,” encourages residents, ages 45-65, to take an active role in planning ahead for their future long-term care needs. The state of South Dakota has partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), encouraging our citizens to start planning and preparing for their future long-term care. South Dakota was chosen along with five other states (Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, and Texas) to participate in this round of HHS’ "Own Your Future" campaign, an education and outreach effort designed to promote long-term care planning among state residents. These six states were selected from 16 applications received in response to HHS’ invitation for proposals. To learn more about the campaign and its efforts, visit www.OwnYourFuture.sd.gov.