AARP SD Invests In Rural Livability

Posted on June 11, 2019

Carey Grosdidier
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As the population of nearly every rural community in the region is aging, it’s vitally important for these communities to enhance their rural livability so seniors can stay in their homes for as long as possible.

This is one reason why AARP South Dakota is proud to partner with Dakota Resources and RuralX as a Vitality Sponsor. AARP is a national organization dedicated to empowering people to choose how they live as they age.

“RuralX is an opportunity to identify potential partners who are working on the same things we are,” explains Erik Gaikowski, State Director of AARP South Dakota. “There are many different groups working on rural livability but the more we can connect and work together rather than in individual silos, the better.”

Erik attended last year’s RuralX conference in Mitchell and was impressed by the event and by the people he met.

“I thought the event was excellent. I met people from all over South Dakota as well as Nebraska and Minnesota who were working on things that help seniors remain active and vibrant in their rural communities.”

RuralX will be held June 19 and 20 in Mitchell SD at Mitchell Wesleyan Church. To find more information about speakers, agenda and registration, visit or contact

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