ALASD Assisted Living Association of South Dakota.
Newsletter August 2014. Volume 1, Issue 7.
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It is time for our 17th Annual Conference and Tradeshow!  The Magic of Assisted Living is scheduled for September 18th & 19th, 2014 at the Best Western Kelly Inn Convention Center in Yankton!  We have an exciting line up this year!  Nationally known speaker, Preethi Burkholder, is our Keynote and also will present a session, 35 Free Activities for your Life Enrichment program.  Our Motivational Speaker is Cory Geffre. Nathan Gellhaus will present a session on Long Term Care Insurance.  Connie Richards of the SD DOH will present a session on CLIA laboratory certificate information.  Other topics include, Medicaid benefits, EduCare, Hospice in the Assisted Living, and much more.
Room reservations must be made by August 20th!  The room cost is $75 per night.  Call 605-665-2906 and be sure to mention ALASD conference. DOWNLOAD THE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FORM HERE.


An award will be presented to each Region and the winning facility will also receive a plaque!  We all have employee’s who are very deserving. Make sure to get your nomination in by August 25th, winning Facility Administrator’s will be notified by August 31st.  The winning employee will receive a free conference registration! Nomination form is attached. DOWNLOAD THE HERO NOMINATION FORM HERE.


Interested in serving on the Board of Directors?  Nominations are open for Region 1 Representative, Region 3 Representative, and Chairperson-Elect. Submit your nomination by September 1st, 2014 to


ALASD warmly welcomes new member, Avera Majestic Bluffs, Yankton.  Avera Majestic Bluffs is a 45 bed assisted living community located at 2109 West 11th Street in Yankton.  Contact Chris Callaghan at 605-668-8961 or email at

ALASD would also like to warmly welcome two new Industry Partners, Avera Education and Staffing Solutions and Avera Long Term Care Pharmacy.  Please look for them at our tradeshow and personally welcome them!


ALASD has a new look and logo!  Times are changing and so is ALASD!


Millions of Adults Affected by Osteoporosis, Low Bone Mass

Approximately 54 million American adults age 50 and older are affected by osteoporosis and low bone mass, according to new data from the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Arizona and Nevada had the greatest projected increase in the number of older adults in this age bracket with these concerns, followed by Florida, New Hampshire and Utah.

The foundation study shows that about 10.2 million adults have osteoporosis and 43.4 million have low bone mass, revealing that more than 50% of the U.S. adult population is affected.  NOF President Robert Gagel said the data show that it’s “more important than ever” to apply preventive measures early to protect patients with low bone mass from developing osteoporosis.

The study projects that by 2020, there will be 64.4 million adults age 50 and over with osteoporosis or low bone mass, which is a 29% increase from 2010. It’s also anticipated that the number of fractures will grow proportionately. “This disease causes an estimated 2 million broken bones each year and often results in immobility, pain, placement in a nursing home, isolation and other health problems,” said NOF Executive Director and CEO Amy Porter, who added that Medicare pays for the cost for repair of 80% of broken bones that occur due to osteoporosis.

An estimated 8.2 million women and 2 million men have osteoporosis and about 27.3 million women and 16.1 million men have low bone mass. Most of the individuals are non-Hispanic white women although about 500,000 non-Hispanic blacks and 600,000 Mexican American adults have osteoporosis.
Review the NOF study and see where your state ranks.
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