Assisted Living Association of South Dakota (ALASD)
             Newsletter March 2016
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Chairman: Steve Vande Kop  

Vice Chairman: Nathan Gellhaus  

Treasurer: Allen Svennes 

Secretary: Kim Eggert 

Western Region Rep: Lezile Snoozy-Kaifors

Central Region  Rep: Lori Mc Carty

Northeastern Region Rep: Vicky Maag

Southeastern Region Rep: Brandy Fiala 

Member at Large: Colette Broekemeier 

Administravite Director: Lethia Marienau 


We have set the dates!
This years conference in Pierre, SD will be September 21st & 22nd!

Updates  on conference will be posted here! 


After many requests to have member's email addresses added to the news letter,
the association has decided the newsletter and all correspondence from the ALASD
will go to the administrator listed on your application. 

The administrator may share this with any of
their staff they feel would benefit from the information.





Message from Your Director

Warm Spring Greetings to All!

It is hard to believe we are almost to April and digging in on the annual conference preparations! 
The Board met on March 9th in Mitchell, prior to the Spotlight presentation. 
We had a busy agenda and feel we accomplished a great deal in the meeting. 
The meeting minutes are included in the link below.

The annual conference will be at the Ramkota & Conference Center in Pierre September 21st and 22nd.  We are again making some changes.  Many of these are based on the feedback we received from member’s comments on our last conference.  We are arranging the conference to start on Wednesday late afternoon and be finished by Thursday evening.  We had heard concerns from members that it was difficult to be away from the office/facilities for three days.  We will have the vendors set up early on Thursday and be around all day at breaks.  The vendor show will be Thursday evening, wrapping up the conference. You will have the option of staying at the Ramkota Wednesday and Thursday night or just Wednesday night only.  Stay tuned for the next Newsletter to have a tentative agenda.  The conference committee consists of Brandy Fiala, Katie Nagel, Colette Broekemeier, and Lethia Marienau.

 A Marketing committee was also set up and this consists of Nathan Gellhaus, Brandy Fiala, and Lethia Marienau.  They will be working on marketing packages for Industry partners, obtaining new membership, and other innovative ideas to keep the association growing and beneficial to all of you.

The Spotlight on Assisted Livings in Mitchell was very informative.  Avera Education & Staffing Solutions plan to continue this annual learning event each March. The Spotlight includes the Dept. of Health giving updates on any new regulations, etc.  They also talk about common deficiencies on facility surveys.  Topics are chosen for the educational sessions based on feedback from members.  If you haven’t attended a Spotlight yet, mark your calendars for next March!

 The Board discussed one of our goals as being to increase educational and informational sessions across the state.  We will be working with our Regional representatives on this process.

As always, let us know any ideas or comments you have to improve our association

Click To View Board Minutes


              An estimated 5.3 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer's disease in 2015.

  • Of the 5.3 million Americans with Alzheimer's, an estimated 5.1 million people are age 65 and older, and approximately 200,000 individuals are under age 65 (younger-onset Alzheimer's).
  • Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's are women. Of the 5.1 million people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's in the United States, 3.2 million are women and 1.9 million are men.
  • Although there are more non-Hispanic whites living with Alzheimer's and other dementias than people of any other racial or ethnic group in the United States, older African-Americans and Hispanics are more likely than older whites to have Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

The number of Americans with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias will grow each year as the size and proportion of the U.S. population age 65 and older continue to increase. By 2025, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease is estimated to reach 7.1 million — a 40 percent increase from the 5.1 million age 65 and older affected in 2015. By 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease may nearly triple, from 5.1 million to a projected 13.8 million, barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent or cure the disease.


The 7 Most Common Health Concerns for Seniors

  1. Arthritis.  According to Geriatrician Marie Bernard, MD, arthritis is probably the number one condition that people 65 or older contend with.  It affects 49.7% of all adults over 65.  Although arthritis can discourage you from being active, it’s important to work with your doctor to develop a personalized activity plan that, along with other treatment, can help maintain senior health.
  2. Heart Disease.  According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease remains the leading killer of adults over age 65.  As a chronic condition, heart disease affects 37% of men and 26% of women 65 and older.  As people age, they’re increasingly living with risk factors, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, that increase the chances of having a stroke or developing heart disease.  Exercise, eat well, get a good night’s rest.  Eating well means eating in a fashion that will allow you to keep a healthy weight with a well-balanced and healthy diet.
  3. Cancer.  Cancer is the second leading cause of death among people over age 6.  According to the CDC, 28% of men and 21% of women over age 65 are living with cancer.  If caught early through screenings such as mammograms, colonoscopies, and skin checks, many types of cancer are treatable.
  4. Respiratory Diseases.  Chronic lower respiratory diseases, such as COPD, are the third most common cause of death among people 65 and older.  About 10% of men and 13% of women are living with asthma, and another 10% of men and 11% of women are living with chronic bronchitis or emphysema.  Although having a chronic respiratory disease increases senior health risks, making you more vulnerable to infections such as pneumonia, getting lung function tests and taking the correct medication or using oxygen as instructed will go a long way toward preserving senior health and your quality of life.
  5. Alzheimer’s Disease.  The Alzheimer’s Association reports that one in nine people age 65 and older, which is about 11%, live with Alzheimer’s disease, but because diagnosis is challenging, it’s difficult to know exactly how many people are living with this chronic condition.  However, experts acknowledge that cognitive impairment has a significant impact on senior health across the spectrum, from issues of safety and self-care to the cost burden of care in the home or a residential facility.
  6. Osteoporosis.  Dr. Bernard reports that Osteoporosis can contribute to becoming less mobile and potentially disabled should you fall and have a fracture or as the collapse of vertebral bodies.  The National Osteoporosis Foundation estimates that 54 million Americans over the age of 50 are affected by low bone mass or osteoporosis.  It is estimated that by the year 2020 that number will rise to 64.4 million.
  7. Diabetes.  About 24% of men and 18% of women older than 65 are living with diabetes according to the CDC.  Diabetes can be identified and addressed early with simple blood tests for blood sugar levels. 

Colette Broekemeier, RN, ALASD Member at Large

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